Living through paint(ing) – Part II

Museo d’Arte Contemporane di Villa Croce and Museo d’Arte Orientale E. Chiossone, both Genoa, in collaboration with the Hugh Lane Gallery, Dublin, are delighted to present Living through paint(ing) – Part II, an exhibition of new paintings and works on paper by Richard Gorman curated by Valeria Ceregini and Michael Dempsey. This exhibition continues to highlight the interplay between colour and form first displayed at Hugh Lane Gallery, Dublin in 2023.

In this new body of work, Richard Gorman transforms painting into a spatial art, made by outlines, fragmentation and overlapping, creating the illusion of space that constantly takes form and comes alive through colour.

Gorman’s colour fields shift and mutate from one work to another in relation to the exhibition space of the Museo di Villa Croce. Meanwhile, an installation of Japanese handmade works on paper opens a dialogue with the permanent collection of Museo E. Chiossone, together with a video presentation about the artist’s practice and connection with Japanese paper-making traditions.

“The concrete paintings of Richard Gorman engage the beholder, so that the viewer reacts to the questions they pose. Their preconditions have to do with the development of painting in the twentieth century and with Gorman’s reflection on this history” – Michael Dempsey

Viewing a Richard Gorman painting is to be in front of a theatrical setting where the geometrical elements interact with the canvas or paper surface. It is possible to affirm that his work is a spatial art made up of fragmented and overlapped outlines ” – Valeria Ceregini

The exhibitions are kindly supported by Culture Ireland and the Embassy of Ireland, Italy, with sponsorship from the General Japanese Consulate, Milan, the assistance from Kerlin Gallery, Dublin and in collaboration with Hugh Lane Gallery, Dublin.

Exhibition work at Hugh Lane Gallery includes Other Mens Flowers (2008); The Quick and the Dead (2009); Yinka Shonibare, MBE (2009); Triumphs,  Richard Tuttle (2010), The Golden Bough (2009 – 2011) and Sleepwalkers (2012 – 2014) series of exhibitions, Eva Rothschild (2014), Jesse Jones (2016), Liam Gillick (2016) Sven Augustijnen (2016), Rachel McClean (2018), Keeper: Amanda Dunsmore (2018), Prototypes: Doireann O Malley (2018), Furtive Tears: Niamh McCann (2018), Our Plundered Plant: Mark Dion (2019), Worlds Without Ends co curated with Sara Reisman (2020),Maud Cotter (2021) Do you Know what you are burning?: Hiwa K (2021), Patrick Graham:Transfiguration (2022), Andy Warhol: Three Times Out – co curated with Barbara Dawson. Learn more about past Exhibition here.

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    26th January – 31st March 2024

    Thursday 25 January

    Reception 6-8pm

    Admission Free. All Welcome.

    Museo d’Arte Contemporanea di Villa Croce

    Via Jacopo Ruffini 3 – 16128 Genova, Italia

    Opening hours: Tue – Sun 11am – 5pm


    Exhibition launch in the presence of the artist Richard Gorman,Curator Valeria Ceregini, Museum Director Francesca Serrati and the First Secretary of the Embassy of Ireland in Rome Arianna Whelan.

    Catering reception by Verdurine, natural deli (www.verdurinegenova.com/)

    2nd February – 31st March 2024

    Thursday 1 February

    Reception 4-6pm

    Admission Free. All Welcome.

    Museo d’Arte Orientale E. Chiossone

    Piazzale Giuseppe Mazzini 4 – 16122 Genova, Italia

    Opening hours: Tue – Fri 9am – 6.30pm, Sat – Sun 9.30am – 6.30pm


    Exhibition launch in the presence of the artist Richard Gorman, Curator Valeria Ceregini, Museum Director Aurora Canepari and the General Consul of Japan in Milan Toshiaki Kobayashi.

  • Richard Gorman

    Richard Gorman (born in 1946, Dublin) lives and works in Dalkey, Dublin (Ireland). Gorman’s approach to painting has been guided by the places he has visited and been influenced by: Milan, where he has lived on/off for many years, and Japan, home to the family-run paper factory he has visited to produce his handmade kozo washi paper for over 30 years.

    Richard Gorman’s work has been exhibited at The Drawing Centre, New York; Berkeley Art Museum, California; Barbican Centre, London; Koriyama City Museum of Art, Mitaka City Gallery of Art and Ashikaga City Museum of Art in Japan; The MAC, Belfast; the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin. Recent solo exhibitions include Living through Paint(ing), The Hugh Lane Gallery, Dublin (2023); Kerlin Gallery, Dublin (2020); Chigasaki Museum, Japan (2019); Limerick City Gallery of Art, Ireland (2017); Castletown House, Co. Kildare, Ireland (2016). Gorman’s work is represented in the collections of the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin; National Gallery of Ireland, Dublin; Crawford Art Gallery, Cork; Josef and Anni Albers Foundation; Koriyama City Museum of Art, Japan; Centre of Contemporary Graphic Art, Fukishima, Japan and New York Public Library. (www.kerlingallery.com/artists/richard-gorman)

  • Valeria Ceregini


    Valeria Ceregini is an Italian art historian and visual arts curator based in Ireland and with an international practice. She has over 10 years of curatorial experience and is invested in supporting artists, creating sociocultural projects and mediating with institutions to offer the best exhibition experience to visitors through a compelling outreach.

    Valeria graduated in Semiotics with an MA in Communication Science at the University of Turin and in Contemporary Art with an MA (Hons) in History of Art at the University of Genoa. Later she furthered her studies with the Postgraduate Diploma in Cultural Heritage & Museum Studies.

    She is the recipient of multiple bursaries and awards. She extensively exhibited her projects across Europe, such as Karvansarai by Art Nomads, Breaking Borders (group show), Over Nature (group show). Among her most recent projects, she is teaming up with Scéal Arts Collective in partnership with Our Balbriggan, Fingal County Council, and Arts Council of Ireland. www.valeriaceregini.com

  • Michael Dempsey

    Michael Dempsey is Head of Exhibitions at Hugh Lane Gallery https://www.hughlane.ie and has more than twenty five years’ experience in organizing and developing exhibitions and programmes in Ireland and Europe. Through his work he has developed new hybrid ways of approaching cultural production within communities. He has a well-developed network of global art world contacts from a long-established Curatorial, University and Museum background and a track record that demonstrates significant commitment to the field. His work has the dynamism and gravitas to lead and challenge debates around cultural heritage and global contemporary art issues.

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