STATIO BENE: Art and Ireland’s Maritime Haven

From 28 March 2020

Cork, its city and environs have for centuries benefited from the natural maritime haven that is its harbour. Amongst the largest of its kind in the world, Cork Harbour has been a porous site of settlement, migration, international trade, fortification, and leisure, and holds deep cultural and economic relevance.

Fittingly presented in the Long Room of the city’s old Custom House (Crawford Art Gallery), this exhibition is inspired by Cork’s motto – Statio Bene Fide Carinis (a safe harbour for ships) – and coincides with the 300th anniversary of the world’s oldest established yacht club: Royal Cork Yacht Club.

Addressing the maritime traditions of Cork and the south of Ireland, this exhibition considers the concept of a 'safe harbour' as an anchorage in cultural, social, naval, and other terms. It features objects that describe the harbour and river, shipping and leisure, defence, mobility of people – including Napoleon’s physician, Dr James Roche Verling – and Cork's global connectedness.

Drawn from Crawford Art Gallery’s own extensive collection, the exhibition includes works by Willem Van de Velde (1611-1693), Sarah Grace Carr (1794-1837), George Mounsey Wheatley Atkinson (1806-1884), Robert Lowe Stopford (1813-1898), Norah McGuinness (1901-1980), David Lilburn and Jamie Murphy, among others.

Curated by Dr Michael Waldron

Exhibition and associated programmes made possible with the support of:

O'Leary Insurance Group logo, Mainport Logo, Port of Cork logo

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Rembrandt in Print

Saturday 22 May – Sunday 23 August 2020

Rembrandt in Print presents 50 of the finest works from the Ashmolean’s world-class collection of over 200 etchings and drypoints by Rembrandt van Rijn (1606-1669).

Widely hailed as the greatest painter of the Dutch Golden Age, Rembrandt was also one of the most innovative and experimental printmakers of the seventeenth century. This touring exhibition will present Rembrandt as an unrivalled storyteller through a selection of fifty outstanding prints ranging from 1630 until the late 1650s. These works demonstrate Rembrandt’s inventive techniques and extraordinary skills. They are displayed together for the first time.

While most other contemporary printmakers made prints of historical, religious or mythological subjects, Rembrandt delighted in presenting everyday scenes. The exhibition includes a range of these images such as intimate family studies, a selection of confronting life-drawn nudes and carefully detailed characters observed on the streets of his native Leiden, including peasants, Ringball players and the repugnant Rat Catcher (1632).

This exhibition has been organised by the Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford.

Exhibition and associated programmes made possible with the support of KLM Royal Dutch Airlines

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KEVIN GAFFNEY: Expulsion

Saturday 20 June – Sunday 20 September 2020

Expulsion will be the second exhibition in this new artist-directed yearly programme, which aims to support artists to pursue their current research interests and connect with audiences through a collaboration with the Crawford Art Gallery, its site, collection and location. The programme aims to platform the development of an artist’s career and its often intrinsic relationship with the institution.

Exhibiting in Cork for the first time, artist-filmmaker Kevin Gaffney will premier Expulsion. Shot in part at Crawford Art Gallery. Expulsion imagines a Queer State, an anti-capitalist society whose citizens strive to live in harmony with the environment.

The exhibition will also feature Far from the Reach of the Sun – a film set in a near future where a government-approved drug can alter your sexuality.

“As a natural storyteller, albeit with surreal leanings, Gaffney leaves the viewer with little sense of whether they are witnessing a dystopian or utopian view of the past, present or indeed the future.” Kathleen Soriano, in the exhibition text for Unseen By My Open Eye, 2017

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