09 Feb. - 14 Apr. 2019

The Keeper; To have and to hold

Ed Atkins, Frances Beckett, George Bellows, Joseph Beuys, Rosemarie Brodhag, Harry Clarke, Patrick Collins, Connolly Cleary, William Conor, Barrie Cooke, John Coyle, Dorothy Cross, Diarmuid Delargy, Gerard Dillon, Micky Donnelly, Rita Duffy, Mary Duncan, Micheal Farrell, Carsten Fock, Marie Foley, Percy French, Stella Frost, Roisin Gartland, John Gerrard, Constance Gore-Booth, Jobst Graeve, Patrick Hall, Paul Henry, Eugene Higgins, Susan Hiller, Evie Hone, Ronnie Hughes, Linda Hunt, Mainie Jellett, Eithne Jordan, Sean Keating, Fabian Knecht, Sonja Landweer, Louis Le Brocquy, Maurice MacGonigal, Alice Maher, Taus Makhacheva, Norah McGuinness, Sean McSweeney, Nick Miller, Fiona Mulholland, William Orpen, Maurice O’Connell, Mick O’Dea, Michael O’Farrell, John O’Leary, Tony O’Malley, Sean O’ Sullivan, Jack Pakenham, Kathy Prendergast, Elizabeth Price, Marcella Reardon, Nano Reid, Nigel Rolfe, George Russell, Caroline Scally, Killian Schurmann, Patrick Scott, Anita Shelbourne, Hedi Slimane, Victor Sloan, Estella Solomons, Philippe Starck, Mary Swanzy, Clea van der Grijn, Tone Vigeland, Barbara Warren, Anne Yeats, Mary Cottenham Yeats, Jack B. Yeats, John Butler Yeats, Etienne Zack.


Curated by Emer McGarry.

On the occasion of the 60th anniversary of The Niland Collection, The Model proudly presents a major exhibition that considers art collections as living repositories of thoughts and ideas. The Keeper; To have and to hold is an ambitious show that features in excess of 120 artworks by over 70 Irish and international artists, working across more than 100 years of history reflected in artistic practice.

The exhibition considers why we are drawn to collect, how collections can communicate the concerns of past cultures to contemporary minds, and what can be lost if a collection is dispersed. The Keeper; To have and to hold poses these questions through three distinct strands of inquiry, featuring works that ponder art historical narratives by four distinguished international contemporary artists – Ed Atkins, Susan Hiller, Taus Makhacheva and Elizabeth Price.

A central element of The Keeper; To have and to hold will take the form of an ‘exhibition within an exhibition’ of the idiosyncratic private collection of curator and collector Jobst Graeve. The Graeve Collection can be viewed through the lens of the Folkwang principle that originated with Karl Ernst Osthaus in early twentieth century Germany, which advocated an approach to the arts as a unified whole, rather than divided into separate disciplines. Graeve’s collection includes the work of a host of Irish and international artists, designers, makers, and performers, many of whom he has had longstanding relationships with since their early careers.

The final strand of The Keeper; To have and to hold will see The Model presents a new large scale exhibition of The Niland Collection featuring over 100 works in an experimental ‘salon-hang’, which will represent the biggest showcase of The Niland Collection to date and will be on view throughout the entire year of 2019 and beyond.

Closing Performance
Sat 13 Apr. 9pm
The closing of the exhibition will be celebrated by a very special Live Mix with artist John Gerrard.