A production still from Gareth Kennedy’s The Last Wooden House of Kupchino. Photograph: Ekaterina Sytnik

The artist’s latest projects centre on what he calls ‘folk fictions’

A still from Niamh O’Malley’s film Nephin at the Douglas Hyde Gallery

The artist’s exhibition is a tactful, tentative intrusion into the Douglas Hyde Gallery’s brutalist fabric

Sean Lynch. Photograph: Deirdre Power

Among this year’s essential exhibitions is Lynch’s Biennale show, which will tour Ireland after Italy

Fossil shark tooth Carcharodon megalodon, USA Natural History Collection/National Museum of Ireland and John Comerford Robert Emmet (1778-1803), c.1803. Watercolour on ivory in a silver-gilt pendant. National Gallery of Ireland Collection

The artist juxtaposes works and objects from seven national institutions to uncover some small truths

The Great Gallery. Photograph courtesy of the trustees of the Wallace Collection

The London gem’s Great Gallery gets a £5 million makeover

Patrick Scott and some of his work in the Hugh Lane Gallery, Parnell Square, Dublin: ‘At its best, that work possesses a timeless purity and elegance.’ Photography: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Through his painting and design work, the late artist changed our view of ourselves

’Eva International’, in Limerick, was on a par with other art biennials

Lovely Water No 747 by Gary Coyle

The fine gallery is part of the flagship Lexicon library, a testament to civic generosity

Commotion, a tapestry by Vera Klute

The German-born artist’s exceptional show is disturbing and even slightly creepy

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