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Mark Dion: Our Plundered Planet

  • Exhibitions

04 April 2019 - 01 September 2019

The Hugh Lane Gallery is pleased to present ‘Our Plundered Planet’ by American artist Mark Dion.

Mark Dion was born in 1961 in New Bedford, Massachusetts, USA. He gained international reputation in the 1980s for his large, site-specific installations – works he fills with materials he gathers, categorizes, and displays in the manner of an archeologist or anthropologist. He plans his projects with detailed drawings in red or blue pencil and his installations draw on the techniques of scientific enquiry and museum displays of natural histories.

‘Our Plundered Planet’ offers commentary on human treatment of the natural environment, tempered with a dose of humour and playfulness. At a time when greenhouse gas emissions from human activities are at historically high levels and the polar glaciers are melting, Dion’s work poses the question of human responsibility – What is the relationship between human beings and our biospheres? Cultural and Capital ecologies—these are the systems Mark Dion observes as intrinsically linked and interactive. This exhibition coincides with EuroMAB 2019 a conference on Biospheres being held in Dublin Castle and Dublin Bay Biosphere Reserve, Ireland from 2 to 5 April 2019.

A fully illustrated colour catalogue will accompany this exhibition with essays by art historian Prof. Dr. Petra Lange-Berndt and art critic Patrick Jaojoco.

Mark Dion at the opening of Our Plundered Planet at Hugh Lane Gallery

Mark Dion at the opening of Our Plundered Planet at Hugh Lane Gallery

 

Mark Dion, The Old Crow, 2016. Image by Ruarí Conaty

Mark Dion, The Old Crow (detail), 2016

Mark Dion, The Old Crow, 2016 and Bookstall – The Natural World, 2015. Installation view by Ruarí Conaty

Mark Dion, The Salmon of Knowledge Returns, 2015. Installation view by Ruarí Conaty

Mark Dion, Sea Life, 2011. Installation view by Ruarí Conaty

Michael Dempsey, Head of Exhibitions and Mark Dion at the opening of Our Plundered Planet at Hugh Lane Gallery

Mark Dion and Lord Mayor of Dublin Niall Ring at the opening of Our Plundered Planet at Hugh Lane Gallery

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