Photography exhibition at the National Gallery of Ireland showcases rare works from the Bank of America collection

A black and white photograph of a woman and a man sitting side by side at a table, with two half full glasses of wine in front of them. They are turned towards each other, and the woman has her arm around the man's shoulder, and is smiling. Behind them is a large mirror in which we can see them reflected.
Brassaï (Gyula Halász) (French, b. Hungary, 1899–1984)
Couple au bal musette des Quatre-Saisons, Rue de Lappe, 1932
Gelatin silver print
Bank of America Collection
Brassai (dit) Halasz Gyula (1899-1984)
© Estate of Brassai – RMN Grand Palais. Localisation: Paris, fonds Gilberte Brassai.
Photo © RMN – Grand Palais / Brassai.

Moment in Time: A Legacy of Photographs | Over 100 works spanning the history of photography. Opens 30 November

The National Gallery of Ireland opens a unique photography exhibition later this year as Moment in Time:  A Legacy of Photographs | Works from the Bank of America Collection comes to Europe for the first time. The collection features over 100 iconic images by Julia Margaret Cameron, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Eugene Smith, Robert Frank, Dorothea Lange, and many more, spanning the history of photography. The exhibition opens on 30 November 2019.

The collection spans the full range of the medium, from nineteenth-century salt prints to digital prints of the twentieth century. Moment in Time will provide visitors to the National Gallery of Ireland with an exciting opportunity to explore the history of photography while also learning more about the techniques which were popular over the last 180 years.

Over 50 years ago, Beaumont and Nancy Newhall, pioneering collectors and historians who became the first curators of the photography department at The Museum of Modern Art, New York in the 1940s, assembled this impressive selection of works spanning the history of photography.

Sean Rainbird, Director of the National Gallery of Ireland, commented: “We’re delighted to work with Bank of America again on this important exhibition. As the Gallery continues to acquire photographs for the national collection, it’s fantastic to be able to share such significant works from Bank of America’s iconic collection with our visitors.”

Moment in Time is part of the Bank of America Art in our Communities® program, offering museums and galleries worldwide the opportunity to borrow complete exhibitions from Bank of America’s Art Collection. Rena De Sisto, Global Arts and Culture Executive for Bank of America, commented: “We believe in the power of the arts to help economies thrive, educate and enrich societies, and create greater cultural understanding. Through our Art in our Communities® program, we share unique exhibitions with cultural institutions across the globe. We are delighted to bring this collection to Europe for the first time and hope to inspire visitors at the National Gallery of Ireland with this inimitable exhibition.”

Moment in Time marks a significant moment in the National Gallery of Ireland’s ongoing relationship with Bank of America. In 2017, the Gallery’s iconic painting The Marriage of Strongbow and Aoife by Daniel Maclise returned to permanent display following an extensive period of conversation and research. This project was funded by the Bank’s Art Conservation Project. The work is one of the most important and popular Irish paintings in the national collection.

The following year, the Gallery was again awarded crucial funding by the bank’s Art Conservation Project 2018 to support the conservation of the Lavinia Fontana painting The Visit of the Queen of Sheba to King Solomon. Part of the Gallery’s permanent collection, this is the largest-known painting by one of the most renowned woman artists of the Renaissance. The funding facilitates an 18-month conservation project that is the first major treatment of the work since it was purchased in 1872.

Moment in Time: A Legacy of Photographs | Works from the Bank of America Collection runs at the National Gallery of Ireland from 30 November 2019.



Moment in Time: A Legacy of Photographs | Works from the Bank of America Collection
Beit Wing, National Gallery of Ireland
30 November 2019 – 22 March 2020
Tickets €15 / €5 (Friends of the National Gallery of Ireland go free)
This exhibition is made possible through the Bank of America Art in our Communities® program.


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Notes to Editors:

  • Images are available on request.
  • Curators Anne Hodge and Sarah McAuliffe are available for interview.
  • A series of events will support the exhibition.
  • The National Gallery of Ireland will also present a temporary display showcasing photographs from the Gallery’s growing photography collection later this year. A View of Ireland: Collecting Photography runs from 26 October 2019 to 2 February 2020 in the Hugh Lane Room. The exhibition explores the history of photography in an Irish context with works by Irish and international photographers including Erich Hartmann, Amelia Stein, Nevill Johnson, Eamonn Doyle, Inge Morath and Jane Bown. The Gallery’s photography collection includes daguerreotypes, albumen prints, platinum and modern prints.


About the Bank of America Art in our Communities® program:

The Bank of America Art in our Communities® program was established in 2009 in order to share the company’s art collection with the widest possible audience. Comprising the art collections of the predecessor banks that are now part of Bank of America, the program offers museums and non-profit galleries the opportunity to borrow complete or customized exhibitions at no cost. The public is able to enjoy new art installations at its local museums, while the museums themselves are able to generate vital revenue. Since 2009, more than 130 exhibitions have been loaned through this one-of-a-kind programme.


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