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  • Brian Maguire

    Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane

    “Around me the images of thirty years.” In his poem “The Municipal Gallery Revisited,” W.B. Yeats surveyed, with a mixture of pride and wonder, a collection of images that charted the course of the first three tumultuous decades of twentieth-century Irish history. The country Yeats chose to reflect on was “an Ireland the poets have imagined, terrible and gay.” As the twenty-first century dawns, Dublin’s Municipal Gallery has temporarily consigned a sizable chunk of its permanent collection to the storerooms in order to devote an unusually generous amount of exhibition space to an extensive survey

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