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Táin Tapestries an exhibition of works by Louis le Brocquy (1916 – 2012)


The Market Place Theatre in Armagh are delighted to work with the Irish Museum of Modern Art to secure on loan a number of The Táin Tapestries and for the first time exhibit the work of Louis le Brocquy.

"The infamous Táin Tapestries grew out of le Brocquy’s remarkable set of illustrations for the translation of the ‘Táin’ legend by the poet Thomas Kinsella. The heroic story of the war between Ulster and the men of Connaught over the famous brown bull of Cooley is perfectly visualised by le Brocquy in his ink-drawings and again in the tapestries that developed from them. Louis le Brocquy and his well-known predecessor Jean Lurçat were landmark figures in the revitalisation of tapestry as an art form.

The historic story telling illustrated so beautifully by le Brocquy on the tapestries provides a very suitable connection to the historic tales and battles fought at nearby Emain Macha close to Armagh City believed to have been one of the great royal sites of pre-christian Gaelic Ireland and the capital of Ulaidh. Exhibiting the tapestries in the heart of ancient Armagh is both humbling and thought provoking as our visitors are afforded a rare opportunity to experience le Brocquy’s powerful combination of visual and narrative skills in this medium together with contextual information about this particular body of work."

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Exhibition Preview: Friday, 8 March 2019, 7pm  - Please rsvp to christine.donnelly@marketplacearmagh.com by Friday 1 March 2019 

Dates: 8 March – 4th May 2019


Where: The Market Place Gallery
The Market Place Theatre & Arts Centre
9 Market Street
BT61 7BW