• Kilkenny 400: An Artist’s Celebration

    Exhibition 17 October to 16 December, 2009

    Thomas Mitchell

    Thomas Mitchell (1735 – 1790) A Panorama of Kilkenny, 85.2 x 150.5cm Courtesy of the National Gallery of Ireland Photo © National Gallery of Ireland

    In honour of Kilkenny’s 400th anniversary as a city, the Butler Gallery organised an exhibition of important paintings and works on paper celebrating the architecture, landscape and hidden corners of Kilkenny City and County. The exhibition included significant works on loan from the National Gallery of Ireland and private collections along with esteemed works by Paul Henry, Mildred Anne Butler, George Pennefeather, Kathleen Marescaux and E.J. Brennan from the Butler Gallery’s permanent collection, and a group of early works by one of Ireland’s most acclaimed artists, Tony O’Malley.

    Kilkenny: An Artists’ Celebration brings together work by artists who were born in, and whose artistic practice developed in, County Kilkenny, but also includes work by those who were passing through the county, and who were transiently inspired and moved by its landscape and architecture. Whether native or visitor, all of the artists exhibited have international reputations that extend far beyond the county boundaries. This eclectic and diverse array of work offers us alternative perspectives on the city, from its ruins to its rooftops and back gardens, and invites us to view familiar landmarks such as Kilkenny Castle, St. Canice’s Cathedral and Rothe House from startlingly new vantage points.

    This exhibition was gratefully sponsored by the Kilkenny 400 Committee, Kilkenny Borough Council.

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