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Village in Italy (1925)
Christopher Wood 1901-1930
© National Museums Northern Ireland
Collection Ulster Museum
Village in Italy (1925) Christopher Wood 1901-1930 © National Museums Northern Ireland Collection Ulster Museum
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5 Must-See Belfast Museum Exhibitions in 2017

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Updated: 1 March 2017
Try something different this year and enjoy one of the many exhibitions on show at Belfast for an afternoon outing or a twilight tour. From the Ulster Museum‘s Modernist artwork to the Linen Hall’s spotlight on children in conflict, 2017 is the year to explore the wider world and its wonders.
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International Ireland (February 10–September 17, 2017)

At the fin de siècle, Irish and British art took a leap toward Modernism, reflected in the esteemed work of Mainie Jellett (pioneer of Cubism in Ireland) and Roderic O’Conor, among others. The Ulster Museum has embraced this movement since its inception, building up an impressive collection of Modernist and abstract works, as shown below in Christopher Wood’s famous Village in Italy (1925). Ulster’s new exhibition, International Ireland: Irish and International Art from the Ulster Museum Collection, explores the Modernist movement, its main trailblazers throughout the twentieth century, and the wider implications of the art (representing Ireland, Britain, Japan, the USA, and beyond).

Ulster Museum, Botanic Gardens, Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK, +44 28 9044 0000

Village in Italy (1925) Christopher Wood 1901-1930 © National Museums Northern Ireland Collection Ulster Museum

Village in Italy (1925) Christopher Wood 1901-1930 | © National Museums Northern Ireland, Collection Ulster Museum

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War-Torn Children (March 1–April 15, 2017)

Through a series of 3D art, photographs, and arpilleras (Latin-American textile creations), War-Torn Children explores the trauma of war and conflict on the minds of young children – a beautiful collection with an important message. The striking contrast between innocence and violence is beautifully represented through these textured artworks, curated by activist and lecturer Roberta Bacic. The collection not only represents a shared trauma within younger generations in the Middle East and beyond, but a sense of resistance in sustaining color, nature, and kindness in each textile.

Linen Hall Library, 17 Donegall Square North, Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK, +44 28 9032 1707

War- Torn Children at the Linen Hall Library | © Courtesy of Linen Hall Library

War-Torn Children at the Linen Hall Library | © Courtesy of Linen Hall Library

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Lines of Thought (March 10–May 7, 2017)

Lines of Thought: Drawing from Michelangelo to Now – a wonderful experience of the Renaissance thinkers in their earliest notions of time, space, and human form – will inspire any artist to pick up the pencil. The exhibit is a collection of seventy drawings from the British Museum – from the unmatched talents of Michelangelo, Picasso, and more. Visitors will follow the journey of the pencil in five stages: starting at the rough sketches of “Brainstorming” and arriving at “Decision and Development” of modern political and scientific life.

Ulster Museum, Botanic Gardens, Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK, +44 28 9044 0000

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Gay Life and Liberation (March 14–April 23, 2017)

Gay Life and Liberation: A Photographic Record from 1970s Belfast commemorates LGBT activists during the ’70s, including the NIGRA organization in Belfast, which fought for social and legal rights during a time of significant resistance towards the LGBT community and anti-liberation laws. Through a series of powerful photographs, including protest and lobby footage, this spotlight exhibition illustrates the timeline and uphill battles of these organizations, as well as the importance of continued support for the gay and lesbian community in Northern Ireland.

Ulster Museum, Botanic Gardens, Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK, +44 28 9044 0000

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A Night to Remember (April 14, 2017)

On the 105th anniversary of the infamous tragedy (and 20 years after the movie adaptation), A Night to Remember will celebrate the legacy of the RMS Titanic in a 90-minute twilight tour through the Titanic Belfast and SS Nomadic exhibitions. This unique one-night experience will explore the stories of the Titanic’s passengers and reveal deeper secrets about the artifacts in the exhibition. The night will end with a candlelit ceremony at the very moment the ship sank, at 11:40PM GMT.

Titanic Belfast, 1 Olympic Way, Queens Road, Titanic Quarter, Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK, +44 28 9076 6386