Portrait of a Gallery DVD

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In 2011, the National Gallery of Ireland in Dublin closed its Merrion Square entrance and two thirds of the building, to begin one of the largest refurbishment projects in the history of the state.

Six years later, after numerous delays and costing close to €30 million, the NGI finally reopened the historic Dargan and Milltown wings in June 2017. This special documentary film secured unique access inside the walls of Ireland's most visited cultural attraction, while the institution goes through huge change.

If ever there was a time to have cameras in the National Gallery of Ireland, during its 150-year history, this was it.

Three and a half years in the making, we get to know gallery director Sean Rainbird, builders, architects, conservationists, cleaners and art curators as the gallery looks after the national art collection, curates exhibitions and copes with over 700,000 annual visitors while two thirds of the building gets ripped apart and put back together again to create one of the top galleries in Europe.

Wildfire Films production for RTÉ. 78 Minutes. Multi Regional. 16:9. English.

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