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The Hugh Lane Gallery, officially Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane and originally the Municipal Gallery of Modern Art, is an art gallery operated by Dublin City Council and its subsidiary the Hugh Lane Gallery Trust.[1] It is located in Charlemont House (built 1763) on Parnell Square, Dublin, Ireland.

Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane
Dánlann Chathair Bhaile Átha Cliath
Facade of the Hugh Lane Gallery
The Hugh Lane Gallery, in 2015
Hugh Lane Gallery is located in Central Dublin
Hugh Lane Gallery
Location within Central Dublin
Former nameMunicipal Gallery of Modern Art
LocationCharlemont House,
22 Parnell Square North, Dublin 1
Coordinates53°21′15″N 6°15′53″W / 53.354167°N 6.264722°W / 53.354167; -6.264722Coordinates: 53°21′15″N 6°15′53″W / 53.354167°N 6.264722°W / 53.354167; -6.264722
Typeart gallery
FounderJohn Hunt
DirectorBarbara Dawson
ChairpersonPat Molloy
Reconstruction of the Francis Bacon Studio at the Hugh Lane Gallery

The gallery was founded by Sir Hugh Lane on Harcourt Street in 1908, and is the first known public gallery of modern art in the world.[citation needed] There is no admission fee and the gallery is completely wheelchair-accessible. The gallery was closed for reconstruction in 2004, and reopened in May 2006, with a new extension by Gilroy McMahon Architects.[2][3]

The museum has a permanent collection and hosts exhibitions, mostly by contemporary Irish artists. It has a dedicated Sean Scully room. Francis Bacon's studio was reconstructed in the gallery in 2001 after being dismantled and moved from London starting in 1998.[4][5] The Hugh Lane is notable for its collection of French art, including works such as The Umbrellas (Les Parapluies) by Auguste Renoir; Portrait of Eva Gonzalès by Édouard Manet, Jour d’Été by Berthe Morisot and View of Louveciennes by Camille Pissarro.[citation needed]

In 1992, the painting In The Omnibus by Honoré Daumier was stolen from the gallery, and recovered in 2014.[6]


  1. ^ "Code of Governance" (PDF). Hugh Lane Gallery Trust. January 2014. Retrieved 2015-06-09.
  2. ^ "PROJECTS: Cultural - The Hugh Lane Gallery". Gilroy McMahon Architects. Retrieved 2015-06-09.
  3. ^ "Combining old and new at the Hugh Lane Art Gallery". Lee McCullough Consulting Engineers. Retrieved 2015-06-09.
  4. ^ "'Francis Bacon's Studio' lecture at Tokyo MOMAT". Estate of Francis Bacon. 2013-04-03.
  5. ^ Paul Tuthill (April 2007). "Francis Bacon's studio, Hugh Lane Gallery, Dublin". Whitehot Magazine. Retrieved 2015-06-09.
  6. ^ "Stolen painting returned to Hugh Lane Gallery". BBC News. 2014-05-13. Retrieved 2015-06-09.

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