We are delighted to announce that the Hermione Lecture 2019 will be delivered by Sean Kissane, curator of this year’s retrospective of the work of former Alexandra College student, Mary Swanzy (1882 -1978) at the Irish Museum of Modern Art.

The lecture will explore this singular artist, whose level of achievement, world travel and original thinking are unmatched in Irish art.

“ If I had been born Henry instead of Mary my life would have been very different”

Mary Swanzy was born in Merrion Square and attended Alexandra College before leaving to study in Paris.

“….. Alexandra College, then as now known for fostering a spirit of intellectual and creative ambition in its students”. Aidan Dunne, Art Critic, Irish Times (January 2019).

In Paris she mixed in the circles around Gertrude Stein and witnessed the birth of Modern Art. Her style rapidly evolved through the avant-garde styles of Fauvism, Cubism, Futurism, Symbolism and Surrealism and she exhibited alongside household names such as Picasso and Matisse.

Don’t miss this opportunity to hear Sean Kissane discuss Mary Swanzy’s extraordinary achievements and reinstate her as a Modern Irish Master.

Read the Irish Times article for a sneak peek of the life and works of Ireland’s first ‘modernist’ painter Mary Swanzy before the Hermione Art Lecture on Tuesday 5th March!