Adventure: Capital at Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin opens on Thursday 7 July from 6 to 8pm as part of the official tour of Ireland’s entry into the 56th Venice Biennale, Adventure: Capital by artist Sean Lynch. Visited by over 400,000 people during the world’s most prestigious visual arts exhibition in 2015, Adventure: Capital will come to the RHA from 8 July – 21 August as part of the Irish Tour.

Adventure: Capital is Sean Lynch’s most ambitious project to date and traces a journey from myth to minimalism around Ireland and Britain, combining Greek river gods; public art at regional airports; quarries and the art of stone-carving; an abandoned sculpture in Cork; and a traffic roundabout, on a storytelling journey that unravels notions of value and the flow of capital through an anthropological lens.

Combining sculpture, video and graphic elements, Adventure: Capital explores the allegories and underlying narratives of the contemporary architectural and social environment – through encounters with the sculptures of John Burke, the quarries of Cornwall, megalithic ‘cursing’ stones, urban vandalism, and Irish Free State banknotes.

Alongside Adventure: Capital, Lynch presents a new video installation, Campaign to Change the National Monuments Acts (2016), that investigates the legal status of metal detectors in Ireland. Following national controversy around the finding of the Derrynaflan Hoard, a medieval treasure trove uncovered in the 1980s, the state hastily placed a blanket ban on the public use of all devices used to search for archaeological objects. This legislation effectively destroyed the fledgling Irish metal detectorist community of Ireland. Using the tropes of promotional videos, Campaign to Change the National Monuments Acts advocates for a change in these authoritarian laws, where ideas of nationhood, individual freedom, and the need for new forms of community-led heritage are all explored on a journey narrated by Lynch’s long-time collaborator Gina Moxley.

A free Adventure: Capital publication with a text by curator Woodrow Kernohan is available within the exhibition. To coincide with his exhibition at the RHA, Sean Lynch will also present a new installation at the Kevin Kavanagh Gallery that opens on Wednesday July 6 entitled Scrapyard Carnival.

The Irish tour of Ireland at Venice is supported by the Arts Council as part of its commitment to promote the visual arts to Irish audiences. Ireland at Venice is an initiative of Culture Ireland in partnership with the Arts Council.

Opening of Adventure: Capital at Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin
7 July, 6 to 8pm

Irish Tour dates:

Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin
7 July – 21 August 2016

Golden Thread Gallery, Belfast
1 September – 15 October 2016

The Irish tour of Ireland at Venice is supported by the Arts Council as part of its commitment to promote the visual arts to Irish audiences. Ireland at Venice is an initiative of Culture Ireland in partnership with the Arts Council.

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