19/04/2013 Minister Jimmy Deenihan, TD, announces Ireland’s Representation for the 55th International Art Exhibition at Dublin Launch in RHA

The Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Jimmy Deenihan TD, will today (19 April 2013), be joined by artists, curators and invited guests at the Dublin launch of Ireland’s representation at the 55th International Art Exhibition in Venice. Ireland at Venice is an initiative of the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht’s Culture Ireland division in partnership with the Arts Council, the Irish Government agency for funding and developing the arts.

Richard Mosse has been selected as the artist to represent Ireland at the Venice Art Biennale and Anna O’Sullivan, Director of the Butler Gallery is the Commissioner.

The Venice Biennale has for a century held its place as the most important international showcase for visual arts and in recent years has attracted 400,000 visitors.

Speaking at the launch in the Royal Hibernian Academy, Minister Jimmy Deenihan TD.,  said “the Biennale represents an immense opportunity for Irish artists to present their work at the leading visual arts showcase in the world and to gain international exposure to high profile curators and collectors.’ He went on to say that this showcase is not only a focus on Richard but is also an opportunity to attract attention to the depth, strength and diversity of a generation of visual artists working in Ireland. “I am confident that Richard’s work will be highly regarded alongside that of the other international artists in Venice’ added the Minister.

Commissioner, Anna O’Sullivan added ‘Richard Mosse will deliver a truly memorable presentation for Ireland. The work entitled, The Enclave, is a multiple-screen film installation, a series of photographs, and a monograph – the culmination of Richard’s three-year exploration of the conflicted landscape of the Democratic Republic of Congo. This immersive non-narrative installation delivers a pure and unapologetic approach to understanding the unseen humanitarian tragedy of the Congo.’

Mosse will present his work at the Irish Pavilion at the Fondaco Marcello, San Marco. La Biennale di Venezia which will be open to the public in Venice from June 1st to November 24th 2013.

Since 2005 the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht and the Arts Council have partnered on supporting Ireland’s representation at Venice given the importance of the Biennale for artists’ development and for curators to work in an international context.



Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, 23 Kildare Street, Dublin , D02 TD30. Tel: 01 631 3800 / LoCall: 1890 383 000

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