“of deBlacam and Meagher” is an exhibition that sought to communicate the cultural landscape of Ireland throught the seminal work of de Blacam and Meagher ARCHITECTS, and represented Ireland at the 12th International Architecture Exhibition in Venice.
Curated by Tom dePaor, Peter Maybury, Alice Casey and Cian Deegan, it addressed the pratice’s built and unbuilt works over the past 33 years. It also marked the donation of these documents to the Irish Architectural Archive. The venue, Chiesa Di San Gallo, acted as both archive and reading room. Taking the form of a book unbound, the exhibition contained volumes of drawings and photographic reproductions from the archive, contemporary photographic reproductions from the archive, contemporary photography and readings of the works with commentaries.
Over 35 years this Irish architectural practice has built houses and places of work, commerce, education and worship. In turn, the influence of deBlacam and Meagher’s practice has permeated the many facets of Irish life with a distinct cultural presence. Through a number of individual contributions by Irish and international critical voices, the contemporary relevance of this body of work was explored and revealed.
“The Venice Architecture Biennale is a unique platform to present Irish architectural excellence to a global audience. With the huge challenges facing the economy and the architectural profession in 2010, this is a key opportunity to promote the world-class work that Irish architects are producing at home and around the world. “
Eugene Downes, CEO Culture Ireland
“The Arts Council’s support for architects representing Ireland at the Venice Biennale is a critical part of our wider commitment to architects working within the artistic sphere. We are particularly delighted to support such a strong curatorial team, which will examine the work of one of Ireland’s most valued architecture practices.”
Claire Doyle, Head of Visual Arts and Architecture at the Arts Council