Portraits from The David Kronn Collection

Saturday 10 January – Sunday 22 February 2015
Portraits from The David Kronn Collection | Saturday 10 January – Sunday 22 February 2015 | Butler Gallery

Opening Reception Saturday 10 January, 2:30 – 4:30pm

In association with the National Programme of the Irish Museum of Modern Art

The Butler Gallery is delighted to present Portraits from The David Kronn Collection. This exhibition comes to the Butler Gallery from the National Programme of the Irish Museum of Modern Art and is drawn from the exceptional collection of photography amassed by Dr David Kronn, an Irish-born paediatrician with a specialty in medical genetics, who lives and works in New York. Dr Kronn has built an extraordinary photography collection over the past twenty years, which is a promised gift to the Irish Museum of Modern Art to be enjoyed by the Irish public into the future. The overall donation will substantially increase IMMA’s photographic holdings and provide an historical, contextual and expanding framework essential for the understanding and appreciation of modern and contemporary photography.

Dr Kronn had an early interest in photography, learning to use a darkroom at his school camera club. He remained an active photographer while he was studying medicine at Trinity College Dublin and when his medical training took him to New York, this interest in photography developed into a passion for collecting pictures. Dr Kronn has shaped a collection rich in content, genre and themes that encourages many readings. Placing works in dialogue with one another, the exhibition provides an insight into how a collection is formed and how it can be configured and reconfigured to tell different stories. The collection itself is autobiographical, a portrait over time of Dr Kronn’s thinking and instincts and ranges in content from 19th-century Daguerreotypes to works by icons of modern photography as well as works by award-winning contemporary photographers.

This exhibition was chosen from ‘Second Sight’, a show organised by Seán Kissane, Curator: Exhibitions at IMMA. The selection on view at the Butler Gallery focuses on portraits and doubled images in many guises. As seen in ‘Second Sight’, this theme demonstrates not only how varied portraiture can be, but also the international scope of the collection. The exhibition includes representations of the people of Ireland in the 1950s, 60s and 70s by Inge Morath, Dorothea Lange, Evelyn Hofer, Fergus Bourke and Elliott Erwitt. Also featured are works that reflect the diversity of Mexican culture by Manuel Alvarez-Bravo, Lola Alvarez-Bravo along with a significant suite of works by Graciela Iturbide; intriguing works by Japanese photographers Daido Moriyama, Issei Suda and Tomoko Sawada; and contemporary photography by Pieter Hugo, Richard Mosse, Malick Sidibé and Anna Rackard.

With thanks to the Arts Council for essential annual funding and to the OPW, Intreo, The Heritage Council and Kilkenny Local Authorities for additional assistance. Grateful thanks are extended to Dr David Kronn and the staff at IMMA – Sarah Glennie, Director; Christina Kennedy, Head of Collections; and especially Seán Kissane, Curator: Exhibitions; Nuria Carballeira, Collections Registrar; and Johanne Mullan, National Programmer for their assistance with the planning of this exhibition.

Exhibition Tour led by Dr David Kronn with Director Anna O’Sullivan 2:00pm day of opening, Saturday 10 January, 2015.

Saturday 10 January – Sunday 22 February 2015
Butler Gallery
Evans' Home
John’s Quay, Kilkenny
Telephone: +353 56 7761106
Admission / price: Free
Closed 13:00 - 14:00 until March.

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