Wexford-based stylist Richard Malone started a summer program as an Artist in Residence at the National Gallery of Ireland to create a contemporary response to his current Giacometti: From Life exhibition, with a planned series of free public events.
he exhibition, in the gallery until 4 September, includes sculptures in bronze and plaster, paintings, drawings and prints by the sculptor Alberto Giacometti (1901-1966), from his early years in his native Switzerland to his subsequent works in his Parisian studio.
Malone, a native of Ardcavan Wexford and resident of London, will be on site in the Millennium Wing Studio directly across from the exhibition space from 7 June to 31 July and the result of his residency will be exhibited in the studio from 1 August to 4 September.
In June and July, the renowned designer and artist will host free sessions and lectures for the public, as well as smaller sessions for a wide range of invited groups and individuals, as he works to create his response.
Visitors will have the opportunity to learn about the project and talk to Malone about his ideas and techniques. He will also do two interviews for which places are limited and must be booked in advance.
The National Gallery is collaborating with a number of community partners during the exhibition, including the Catherine McAuley National School, the Irish Sign Language Community, the Galway community sewing groups and the Roscommon Education and Training Board, the Apollo project, youth networks and forums and dementia support groups.
Bespoke activities and events will take place for these groups in June and July to encourage a diverse and inclusive engagement with the artist’s exhibition and residence.
The Millennium Wing Studio is wheelchair accessible and the gallery’s education team will be on hand to assist visitors and program participants.
Malone’s practice includes garment making, drawing, writing, textiles, weaving and performance, often crossing the boundaries of rigidly defined artistic productions.
More recently, his work has explored the limits and possibilities of language and symbolism, as well as the idea of multiple truths existing within an object or identity, including gender, sexuality, movement, sound, and personal or collective histories.
Malone’s work as a fashion and textile stylist has won numerous awards including The International Woolmark Prize, British Fashion Council Fashion Trust and NEWGEN Awards, and has been nominated twice for the LVMH (Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessy) Award. Her work is held in some of the most important collections in the world, including the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York, the Victoria and Albert Museum in London and the National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne.
Last year he curated an exhibit honoring the legacy of famed Enniscorthy designer and architect Eileen Gray, which he described as one of the earliest inspirations.
Making and Momentum, In Conversation with Eileen Gray opened at the National Museum of Ireland in Collins Barracks following its French debut and was hosted by Wexford County Council earlier this year.
Giacometti: From Life continues until September 4th. It is co-organized by the National Gallery of Ireland and the Giacometti Foundation.