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Gift of a Lifetime:
Treasures from
Chester Beatty’s Collection

19 October 2018 - 28 April 2019


Celebrating the 50th anniversary of Sir Alfred Chester Beatty’s magnificent bequest, Gift of a Lifetime presents a choice selection of masterpieces from this unique collection. An internationally successful mining magnate and generous philanthropist, Beatty was one of the most prolific and discerning collectors of his generation. From his early years in New York, through his career in London and travels overseas, Beatty acquired rare books, manuscripts and decorative arts of the highest quality and rarity from Europe, the Middle East and Asia.
 
Following his retirement, Beatty brought these collections to Ireland, later placing them in trust to the nation on his death in 1968. From objects of the greatest beauty crafted for powerful rulers to treasures tracing the history of world religions, the artworks drawn together in this exhibition and accompanying catalogue capture the breadth and wonder of this exceptional legacy: a gift to the nation, for Ireland to share with the world.
 
Generously supported by the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht.


The Valiant Adventures of Tawara Tōda

29  June 2018 - 13 January 2019 


A medieval short story, re-told in elegant calligraphy and glittering images, the Tale of Tawara Tōda offers an engaging insight into Japan’s storytelling traditions. These three painted handscrolls document the exploits of tenth-century warrior Tawara Tōda (Fujiwara no Hidesato), whose tale of daring deeds blends history and legend, with an added dash of romance. Whether dispatching a giant centipede or defeating a nefarious rebel, our brave hero faces down his enemies with grace and cunning, to be richly rewarded with treasures untold.

This in-focus exhibition celebrates the triumphant return of the Chester Beatty’s mid-seventeenth century Tawara Tōda scrolls to Dublin following a three-year programme of painstaking conservation at the Restorient Studio in the Netherlands. This project, made possible with the generous support of Japan’s Sumitomo Foundation, ensures that generations to come will continue to be dazzled by the creepy creatures and fiendish foes in the Tale of Tawara Tōda. 
 
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