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Butler Gallery


Butler Gallery,
Kilkenny Castle,

Tel:+ 353 56 7761106
Fax: +353 56 7770031 

Email: info@butlergallery.com
Web: www.butlergallery.com


Inspiring culture seekers since 1943, the Butler Gallery is a not-for-profit organisation located in the former kitchens of Kilkenny Castle. The gallery is free of charge and open to the public seven days a week, all year round.

Butler Gallery actively promotes and affirms the value of the arts to society through a diverse programme of exhibitions, a significant permanent collection, and active and innovative education initiatives for family, school, youth and adult audiences.

They offer their visitors excellent contemporary exhibitions, which reflect the constantly changing nature of visual art practice. Providing a platform for the best of Irish art today and demonstrating a strong commitment to presenting the work of artists of international repute, they aim to stimulate, inspire and challenge their audience.

* In 2008, the gallery was awarded Museum Accreditation from the Heritage Council of Ireland for excellence in Caring for Collections, Museum Management and Exhibition, Education and Visitor Services.


"Does all the beauty of the world cease when you die?" by Eamon O'Kane

6th May to 11th June 2017

The Butler Gallery is delighted to present an exhibition of new work by Eamon O’Kane, a Belfast born, Denmark based artist known for working across a wide range of media.

The title of this exhibition, ‘Does all the beauty of the world cease when you die?’, is taken from The Last Dream of the Old Oak Tree by Hans Christian Andersen (1858). The show will consist of various artworks which together explore the history of, and humankind’s relationship to, the natural world. O´Kane installs a new series of large scale works on paper inspired by the term ‘Baum Test’ or ‘Tree Test’, which is a psychological projective test developed by Swiss psychologist Charles Koch in 1952. Patients are asked to draw a broad-leaved tree on a standard 8.5” x 11” blank sheet of paper. A psychologist or a psychiatrist will then evaluate the different aspects of the tree drawing, as well as the individual’s behaviour and comments while completing the test. It is used extensively across the world as a method of analysing an individual’s personality and underlying emotional history. These drawings of trees are also mirrored which evokes an eerie element that references a more well-known psychoanalytic tool – the Rorschach or ink blot test.

Other works in the exhibition will include a series of animations and videos relating to carbon. Carbon is the fifteenth most abundant element in the earth’s crust, and the fourth most abundant element in the universe (by mass) after hydrogen, helium, and oxygen. It is present in all known life forms, and in the human body, carbon is the second most abundant element (by mass: about 18.5%) after oxygen.

This abundance – together with the unique diversity of organic compounds and their unusual polymer-forming ability at the temperatures commonly encountered on earth – make this element the chemical basis of all known life. O´Kane will install a new installation of wooden objects, which could be seen as a study of entropy, where the material of wood represents a snapshot of carbon on its way towards decomposition.

Future Exhibitions

  • 24th June to 30th July - "When Walking" by Eithne Jordan
  • 12th August to 15th October - The Way Things Go: An Homage
  • 28th October to 17th December - "Modern Experiments" by Susan MacWilliam

With thanks to the Arts Council for essential annual funding and to the OPW, Department of Social Protection, The Heritage Council and Kilkenny Local Authorities for additional assistance