Ireland at Venice, the national representation of Ireland at the 58th International Art Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia presents The Shrinking Universe by artist Eva Rothschild curated by Mary Cremin. The Irish Pavilion is presented at the Arsenale from 11 May to 24 November 2019. Eva Rothschild will create a wholly sculptural exhibition for the Irish Pavilion, located in the Arsenale. Through its direct material presence, the work will engage with current political and environmental concerns arising from our on-going climate of global uncertainty.

Through her diverse use of materials and sculptural formats, Eva Rothschild will construct an immersive environment that allows the public to be both viewer and participant. Rothschild’s exhibition will create a socially sculptural space within the Irish Pavilion, allowing for contemplation of the material legacy of both present and past civilisations. One of the leading sculptors of her generation, Eva Rothschild’s work demonstrates a great awareness of the modernist tradition while maintaining its own distinctive sculptural language. Her works also engage with signifiers and objects from her surrounding urban environment, and the eternal forms of geometry and classicism. Her sense of materials, scale, monumentality, colour and line reflect a refined aesthetic sensibility that redeploys and subverts familiar sculptural formats.

Eva Rothschild Biography

Eva Rothschild was born in Dublin in 1971, and lives and works in London. She has undertaken large-scale commissions for Tate Britain’s Duveen Galleries (2009) and Public Art Fund, New York (2011). Her work has been the subject of solo exhibitions at The Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne (2018); The New Art Gallery, Walsall (2016-17); The Hugh Lane, Dublin (2014); Nasher Sculpture Centre, Dallas (2012); Kunstverein Hannover, Hanover (2011); South London Gallery, London (2007); and the Kunstalle Zürich, Zürich (2004). Rothschild’s 2011 solo Hot Touch was the inaugural exhibition at The Hepworth Wakefield, Wakefield. In 2014 Rothschild was elected Royal Academician by the Royal Academy, London.

For more about Eva’s work please visit her website.

Mary Cremin Biography

Mary Cremin is currently the Director, Void Gallery, Derry. Prior to this she was Programme Curator of Temple Bar Gallery + Studios, Co-Artistic Director of The Treeline Project and Project Curator at the Irish Museum of Modern Art. She has written for exhibition catalogues and artists books. She has worked with artists Douglas Gordon, Rosa Barba, Johan Grimonprez, Kader Attia and commissioned works by artists Helen Cammock and Alex Cecchetti amongst others. She has produced large-scale exhibitions and commissions such as Eileen Gray, (2013), Richard Mosse, The Enclave, Irish Pavilion, Venice Biennale, (2013). She is a member of International Association of Curators of Contemporary Art.

For more about Mary’s work please visit her website.


Ireland at Venice is an initiative of Culture Ireland in partnership with the Arts Council
Supported by 303 Gallery, kaufmann repetto, Modern Art, The Modern Institute and Galerie Eva Presenhuber