Two Free National ‘Arts’ Museums in Dublin, Ireland

The National Museum of Decorative Arts along with the Irish Museum of Modern Art are two free museums on the western side of Dublin.

We did both of them in one day and were pretty footsore by the end of it. I’m afraid we zoomed through the Decorative Arts Museum and didn’t take much in. I would visit both of them again but this time go for the Guinness Storehouse early bird special, Arthur’s Pub for a seafood chowder lunch, and then the Museum of Modern Art our afternoon stop (it doesn’t even open until 11:30). The oldest pub in Ireland, the Brazen Head, with music and personality, would make a good place to spend the evening. And I would save the National Museum of Decorative Art for another day.Map showing the two Arts Museums along with a bunch of recommended pubs in Dublin, Ireland

Irish Museum of Modern Art.

At any rate we arrived at the Museum of Modern Art a tad too early. To kill some time we meandered about the surrounding park which had a modern sculpture garden, a classical garden, an open field and studio spaces for artists.
Interesting sky and clouds overhead at the Dublin Gallery of Modern Art, IrelandClassical and non-classical statues of women. This image was captured in the formal garden where we spent some a fair amount of time doing macros of the flowers.Flowers in an antique pot in the garden of the Modern Art Gallery in Dublin, IrelandThis more modern vision of feminity was in the sculpture garden.A statue in the garden in the Museum of Modern Art in Dublin, IrelandThe bulk of the sculptures in this section were geometric in nature.Geometric stone sculptures in the garden at the Irish Museum of Modern Art in Dublin, IrelandMetal sculptures in the garden at the Irish Museum of Modern Art in Dublin, IrelandA statue of a crazy pan-beating rabbit in front of artist’s studios.A statue of a wild rabbit in front of the artist's studios at the Irish Museum of Modern Art in Dublin, IrelandInside several exhibitions were going on at the same time, with rotating schedules. When we were there the main exhibition was ‘What We Call Love: From Surrealism to Now’, all about surrealism and love and sex. Below are two Spanish artists, Picasso and Dali, and their views on the subject.A Picasso painting in the Irish Museum of Modern Art in Dublin, IrelandDali painting at the Irish Museum of Modern Art in Dublin, IrelandThis may have been part of the exhibition. Or maybe part of a different one?!Blood transfusion at the Museum of Modern Art in Dublin, IrelandThe second main exhibit  was ‘El Lissitzky: The Artist and the State’ featuring Russian artworks created in the 50s and 60s. This is part of an interactive exhibit where we were posing in front of one of the Soviet images.Us in an interactive display at the Irish Museum of Modern Art in Dublin, Ireland

Museum Web Site

National Museum of Decorative Arts.

As noted above I would cross the river and do the Decorative Arts Museum on the second day, followed by lunch at L. Mulligan Grocer, a tour of the Jameson’s Distillery, and the Black Sheep pub at night. As it was we rushed through it and my photos represent my obsessions, design and jewelry.

Wrought iron fireguard.Wrought Iron Fireguard at the National Museum of Decorative Arts in Dublin IrelandJewelry in the form of a detailed gold cross set with an amethyst. Jewelry in the form of a detailed gold cross in the Decorative Arts Museum in Dublin, IrelandDistinctly Irish jewelry with shamrocks and harp.Distinctly Irish jewelry at the National Museum of Decorative Arts in Dublin, IrelandA modern piece of Irish jewelry.Modern jewelry at the National Museum of Decorative Arts in Dublin, IrelandBackside view of a clock.Back of a clock in Dublin's Museum of Decorative ArtsI took a lot of photos of this staircase; for me this was the most memorable part of the museum!Staircase in Dublin's Decorative Art Museum, IrelandMore on our 2015 trip to Ireland.

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