At the Return Gallery
From September 2018 to September 2020, the MA/MFA Art in the Contemporary World at the National College of Art and Design, Ireland, will collaborate with the Goethe-Institut to programme a series of exhibitions and events in the Return Gallery at 37 Merrion Square – and beyond.
Titled "Common Denominator", the programme has its origin in the writings of Bauhaus architect Walter Gropius, who made a case for identifying the core qualities defining a particular style, or the principles from which new forms of building, and teaching, might progress. The "Common Denominator" programme at NCAD takes Gropius's term as a starting point for reflecting on varieties and possibilities of commonality today. Through exhibitions, seminars, discussions and more, it interrogates what it might mean now to speak of political solidarity, civic standards or even aesthetic values. We will consider – as Gropius sought to do – the relationship between common commitments and necessary possibilities of individual belief, expression and action.
The programme began in September 2018 with a specially designed platform for the Return Gallery by New York-based, British conceptual artist Liam Gillick. With the support of the Kerlin Gallery the platform stayed for the 2018-2019 academic year — framing and contextualising an accumulation of activity with the artist and ACW’s postgraduate students.
Liam Gillick's works expose the ideas of reconsidering the terms of abstraction and architecture within a globalized consensus and like to question the exhibition as a form itself. They have been included in a number of high-profile exhibitions including documenta. Liam Gillick represented Germany at the Venice Biennale in 2009.
Curated by Art in the Contemporary World, Ireland’s leading MA/MFA at the School of Visual Culture at the National College of Art and Design.
Opening Hours of The Return Gallery
Monday-Thursday 10:00 am - 09:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am - 05:30 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 1:30 pm (except bank holiday weekends)
Please note that due to the protected structure of the Georgian building, the gallery is not wheelchair accessible.