• Hughie O’Donoghue – Crucifixions

    Off-Site Exhibition 4 April to 14 April, 2004

    Two spectacular paintings by Hughie O’Donoghue were displayed simultaneously in two different sites in County Kilkenny during Easter Week 2004, presenting a unique opportunity to see O’Donoghue’s work in particularly significant settings.

    Blue Crucifixion, a monumental piece over 11ft high and 27ft wide was installed in Duiske Abbey, Graiguenamanagh specifically for the Easter period as part of the celebrations of the Abbey’s 800th year. A similarly scaled Red Crucifixion was installed simultaneously in the de-consecrated Franciscan Friary in Callan. A desire for symmetry and his conception of the installation of these works as one connected project led the artist to remake the large carborundum print 3 Studies for a Crucifixion (1996) in the form of a new painting for the Callan site.

    ‘Crucifixions’ was the third in a series of off-site projects for the Butler Gallery, following on from ‘Anam á Deoraí’ by Alanna O Kelly and ‘Stations’, which involved placing works from the Butler Gallery Collection into people homes in Kilkenny.