Temporary Exhibitions


Archive of temporary exhibitions

Artists’ Books and Posters

Artists’ Books and Posters from the National Irish Visual Arts Library, NCAD
13 June – 26 August 2012

The Artists’ Books Collection and the Irish Posters Collection are some of NIVAL’s most fascinating and diverse groupings of art work and documentation.  For the purpose of the exhibition, members of Curatorial Committee of the National Print Museum were invited to hand select artists’ books and posters from the NIVAL collection. The Committee Members were naturally drawn to items with interesting print and design qualities such as a Jan de Fouw’s poster Fly Aer Lingus, Britain, (c. 1960) and Mary Plunkett’s award winning limited edition book Night Prayer: a contemporary Book of Hours by letterpress and print (2011).

Ireland: Alphabet Series

A Cork Printmakers Travelling Exhibition at the National Print Museum
24 February – 13 April 2012

This exhibition consisted of 26 prints by 26 artists, each work taking a letter of the alphabet as a starting point. Participating artists were invited to investigate what a specifically Irish alphabet should look like. Artists were encouraged to be humorous, confessional, subtle, ironic, iconic or controversial; and to take on cultural and economic challenges that are relevant to contemporary Ireland. The result is a rich, varied exhibition, executed in a range of styles and printmaking techniques, and tackling subjects such as child abuse, the economic state of Ireland, seminal moments in Ireland’s rich history, as well as more personal histories, while a number of artists concentrated on the aesthetic of the letter itself, it’s very curve and line.  The exhibition first went on display in the Irish Arts Centre, New York.

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