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23 Apr 2010

Gerard Byrne at Lismore Castle Arts, Ireland

Gerard Byrne 'A Thing Is A Hole In A Thing It is Not', (production still), 2010

Co-commissioned by Lismore Castle Arts, 2010 Glasgow International Festival of Visual Art and The Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago in collaboration with the Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven

Gerard Byrne
Lismore Castle Arts


Lismore Castle Arts is delighted to announce our 2010 annual exhibition, Gerard Byrne, which opens on April 24th and continues until September 30th 2010. Curated by Mike Fitzpatrick Open everyday from 11am-4.45pm
(last entry 4pm)

Mr. Eamonn Maxwell
(Director of Lismore Castle Arts)
00353 58 54061

Co. Waterford

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Gerard Byrne's works are primarily lens based, in film, video and photography, often presented as ambitious site related installations. Through his practice he explores the ambiguities in the historical legacy of cultural forms. He consistently references a range of sources in his work from popular magazines of the recent past to the work of playwrights like Beckett and Brecht. Recently he has worked on a number of projects with actors and sets, which develop his conceptual interest in acting and the theatre, and which test the tensions between sculpture and set design, acting and non acting, spectacle and spectator.

For the exhibition, Lismore Castle Arts has co-commissioned (with the 2010 Glasgow International Festival of Visual Art and The Renaissance Society at The University of Chicago, in collaboration with the Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven) an ambitious new work by Byrne. A Thing is a Hole in a Thing it is Not is manifested as four separate films about Minimalism, shown parallel to one another. Through a night-time journey on the New Jersey turnpike, a radio interview between three artists, a re-enactment in a New York theatre and the documentation of a museum installation, this work explores the historical locations of these moments and the enclosed spaces in which they are presented.

At Lismore Castle Arts' new off-site project space, Byrne will present the work Untitled Acting Exercise (in the third person), which records the efforts of two actors and a director attempting to understand a script through dramatisation. This work was commissioned for 2008 Sydney Biennale and will be shown as a single projection in a 19th century former church hall.

The exhibition will be accompanied by a limited edition publication, designed by the Peter Maybury Studio, which will include a newly commissioned text by Dr Penelope Curtis, which will be published by Lismore Castle Arts in June 2010. Events accompanying the show include a seminar on Re-Imagining Minimalism, a tour of the exhibition by Eamonn Maxwell, Director, Lismore Castle Arts, a lecture exploring the synergy between Gerard Byrne and legendary Irish playwright Samuel Beckett, and a talk between Gerard Byrne and Mike Fitzpatrick . Further events are currently being devised.

For further information and to request images, please contact Eamonn Maxwell, Director, Lismore Castle Arts on +353 (0)58 54061 or


About Gerard Byrne
Gerard Byrne was born in Dublin in 1969, where he continues to live and work, and is acclaimed as amongst the most critically important artists of his generation. He represented Ireland at the 52nd Venice Biennale and his work has been presented in recent years at the Biennales of Lyon, Sydney and Gwangju, and Turin. Recent solo shows include ICA Boston, Statens Museum for Kunst Copenhagen, Galerie Nordenhake Stockholm, and Kunstverein Dusseldorf. His work is represented in many collections, including the Tate Museum, the Irish Museum of Modern Art, the Hirshhorn, the Kroller Mueller Museum and Museion, Bolzano.

About Mike Fitzpatrick

Mike Fitzpatrick is an academic, curator and artist. Currently he is the Head of the Limerick School of Art & Design. From 2000-2009 he was the Director of the Limerick City Art Gallery. He was the commissioner of the Irish Pavilion at 52nd Venice Biennale. He is a member of IKT and a committee member of ev+a. He has curated exhibitions with international artists including Simon Starling, Lindsay Seers and Tom Molloy.

About Lismore Castle Arts
Lismore Castle Arts, a not-for-profit initiative, was founded in 2005 with the aim of presenting and promoting internationally significant contemporary art to audiences in Ireland and beyond.
The gallery hosts one major exhibition per year, as well as a dynamic programme of tours, workshops and other arts related events. Gerard Byrne is the second solo show at Lismore Castle Arts. Over the past few years the gallery has played host to the works of artists such as Matthew Barney, Michael Craig-Martin, Roger Hiorns, Richard Long, Jason Rhoades, Gregor Schneider and Ai Weiwei.
Lismore Castle Arts is situated in the historic gardens of Lismore Castle, and visitors are encouraged to stroll through these beautiful gardens and enjoy the contemporary sculptures on display.
In September 2010, Lismore Castle Arts will open a new off-site project space, Mochuda Projects, which will feature a programme of exhibitions and events by international emerging artists.

T: +353 (0)58 54061