Silver Clouds Installation view Hugh Lane Gallery. Photography by Denis Mortell 2023.

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Until 28th January 2024

Silver Clouds Installation view Hugh Lane Gallery. Photography by Denis Mortell 2023.

Andy Warhol Three Times Out  6th October 2023 – 28th January 2024

In October 2023, Hugh Lane Gallery launched the phenomenally successful exhibition Andy Warhol Three Times Out. We received 135,000 visitors over the course of the exhibition which revealed how Warhol’s extraordinary vision continues to be both relevant and timeless. This exhibition was five years in the making and included more than 400 works borrowed from museums and private collections in the US, Canada, Europe along with the Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh.

The exhibition themes celebrated the work of Andy Warhol and his innovative artistic vision which saw him combine commercial processes with fine art production. It showcased Warhol’s experiments with silkscreen printing, film, photography, publishing, performance and video and television, emphasising  how he challenged conventional canons by collapsing traditional distinctions between high art and popular culture.

Unique to the exhibition was a section focusing on the work of Andy Warhol and Francis Bacon.  Based on new research on the interaction between these two artists, it  provoked new thinking on the status of these two titans of the 20th century.

Their primary contact with each other was through acclaimed US artist and photographer Peter Beard whose photographs and films played a central part in this section of the exhibition. As Warhol admitted when he was with Beard they always talked about Bacon and Bacon painted nine portraits of Peter Beard.

The iconic Warhol images in the exhibition challenged visitors to delve deeper into the work and personae of this great artist. His proficient ability to transform media images and celebrity figures into vibrant, thought-provoking masterpieces was prescient and still resonates with us today.

Andy Warhol Three Times Out  emphasised the power of Warhol’s innovation of the repeated image. As new generations continue to navigate a world of social media, increasing global surveillance and AI, this pertinent exhibition revealed Warhol’s continuing relevance.  The strength and fertility of the images provided us with the semiotics to tell our own stories, our own histories.

The exhibition was curated by Barbara Dawson, Director Hugh Lane Gallery and Michael Dempsey, Head of Exhibitions and was funded by Dublin City Council.


Installation Shots – Credit: Denis Mortell Photography 2023
  • In Conversation: Barbara Dawson & Michael Dempsey: Andy Warhol Three Times Out

  • In Conversation: Neil Printz and Vincent Fremont

  • Andy Warhol Three Times Out Publications

    Andy Warhol Three Times Out  catalogue

    Andy Warhol Three Times Out Curators Eye


    A spectacular deep dive into Andy Warhol Three Times Out with stunning full colour images from the exhibition, this collectable contains essays by co-curators Michael Dempsey and Dr. Barbara Dawson, Charlie Porter, Panti Bliss, Judith Goldman, Neil Printz, Vincent Fremont, Dieter Buchart.

    Curators Eye:
    To celebrate the landmark success of the exhibition Andy Warhol Three Times Out, we have released a limited edition collectible publication. An archive of the exhibition containing beautiful installation images along with a commentary from the Co-Curators themselves Dr. Barbara Dawson and Michael Dempsey.
    Available from the gallery bookshop at Hugh Lane Gallery or email [email protected] to place an order.

  • So What? Andy Warhol Three Times Out Seminar


  • Critical Reviews & Press for Andy Warhol Three Times Out

    We are very proud that ‘Andy Warhol Three Times Out’ has been met with such critical acclaim.

    The exhibition has captivated both art enthusiasts and critics alike, solidifying its place as a must-see cultural event in Dublin this winter.

    We take great pride in being a catalyst for dialogue around the artist that many think is just about pop art and fostering a space where art is not only admired but also analysed and discussed.

    We have welcomed journalists, art critics and media outlets from across Ireland and further afield.

    “This Irish Show is a big deal” Aidan Dunne, The Irish Times Read here

    “…the ongoing relevance and prescience of his work is clear in a new exhibition of more than 250 of his works”Ksenia Samotiy, Irish Independent Read here

    “a glorious exhibition that will erase preconceptions about the artist.”  – Jo Carty, The Times Read here

    “Andy Warhol the colourist stars in a stand-out exhibition that offers fresh perspectives on curating the world’s most familiar artist” – Louis Jebb, The Art Newspaper Read here

    (Of Warhol’s early drawings) “sharp, questioning, enquiring, yet also painful, and immensely personal… these seemingly inconsequential” drawings provide Warhol’s better known works with “a new dimension”. – Jo Phillips, Cent Magazine Read here


  • About Andy Warhol (1928-1986)

    Andy Warhol was born in Pittsburgh in 1928 to immigrant parents from Slovakia. He moved to New York in 1949, where he became one of America’s leading commercial artists. By the early 1960s he had moved into the field of fine art and was exhibiting his Pop Art paintings in New York and Los Angeles. He set up the legendary Silver Factory in the 1960s – a melting pot of creativity – and from here he promoted the rock band, The Velvet Underground. Visitors included the likes of Lou Reed, Bob Dylan, Truman Capote, Marcel Duchamp, Salvador Dali, Edie Sedgwick, Brigid Berlin, and Jane Holzer.

    Despite a near fatal shooting in 1968, Warhol continued to be enormously prolific. Over the course of a 40-year-long career, Andy Warhol transformed contemporary art. The power of his work comes from its concentration on fundamental human themes – the beauty and glamour of youth, fame, material culture, the passing of time, and the ever presence of death.

  • About Hugh Lane Gallery

    Hugh Lane Gallery is one of Ireland’s leading museums of modern art located on Parnell Street in Dublin’s city centre. First opened in 1908 by Sir Hugh Lane as the Municipal Gallery of Modern Art, the gallery houses one of Ireland’s most exciting collections of modern and contemporary Irish and international art.

    The gallery is also home to Harry Clarke’s celebrated stained-glass masterpieces, The Eve of Saint Agnes and Mr. Gilhooley, a panel from the Geneva Window originally commissioned by the Government of Ireland for the League of Nations building in Geneva.

    In 1998, Francis Bacon’s famous studio was donated to Hugh Lane Gallery by the artist’s heir, John Edwards, and Brian Clarke, executor of Bacon’s Estate. Hugh Lane Gallery relocated the studio piece by piece from 7 Reece Mews, London to the gallery where it is now permanently on display, preserved exactly as it was.

    The establishment of the gallery was one of the most important events in the birth of Modern Ireland and the gallery proudly displays famous Irish personalities in portraiture including W.B Yeats, and Augusta, Lady Gregory, who, with W.B. Yeats, was a founder of the Abbey Theatre, John Millington Synge and AE. Political figures in portraiture include Michael Collins, Eamon De Valera, Edward Carson, and John Redmond

  • Sir Hugh Lane (1875-1915)

    Sir Hugh Lane (1875-1915) was a celebrated art dealer, collector, exhibitor, and gallery director, acknowledged for establishing the Hugh Lane Gallery, the first known public gallery of modern art in the world. He is best known for the impressionist pictures he collected by Renoir, Manet, Degas, Monet, Daumier, Pissarro, and Morisot. He tragically died on the ill-fated Lusitania in 1915 and his legendary support of the visual arts in Ireland continues to be celebrated today.

Andy Warhol, Marilyn Monroe (Marilyn), (II.31), AP edition C/Z, 1967, screenprint
36 x 36 in. Collection of the Jordan Schnitzer Family Foundation. Image: Aaron Wessling Photography. © The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. / ARS New York / IVARO Dublin, 2023

Installation view Hugh Lane Gallery. Photography by Denis Mortell 2023.

After Andy Warhol, Facsimiles of Silver Clouds, 1966 refabricated for The Andy Warhol Museum in 1994 [Warhol Museum Series] in cooperation with The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. and Billy Klüver Helium-filled metalized plastic film (Scotchpak) Flat: 88.9 × 132.1 cm, Inflated: 81.3 × 121.9 × 38.1 cm. IA1994.13. Original Silver Clouds: The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh; Founding Collection, Contribution The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. Facsimile Silver Clouds: © The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. / ARS New York / IVARO Dublin, 2023

Andy Warhol, Campbell’s Soup I: Tomato (II.46), AP edition E/Z, 1968, screenprint, 35 x 23 in.
Collection of the Jordan Schnitzer Family Foundation. Image: Strode Photographic. © The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. / ARS New York / IVARO Dublin, 2023

Andy Warhol, Flowers, 1964. Silkscreen on canvas, 60 × 60 cm. AW-0004 F(a). The Sonnabend Homem Collection. ©The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. / ARS New York / IVARO Dublin, 2023

Andy Warhol, Self-Portrait, 1966. Silkscreened synthetic polymer paint and enamel, pencil and ballpoint pen on six canvas panels. Framed, each: 58.4 x 58.4 x 3.2 cm. Accession Number: B-WARH-2P98.16. 1-.6. The Eli and Edythe L. Broad Collection. ©The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. / ARS New York / IVARO Dublin, 2023

Andy Warhol, Mao, 1972. Acrylic, oil and silkscreen on canvas, 208 × 163 cm. Suñol Soler Collection, Barcelona. ©The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. / ARS New York / IVARO Dublin, 2023

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