'Medici Lion' by Siobhán Hapaska

Courtesy of the artist and Kerlin Gallery, Dublin. A sculpture of a silver coloured lion with it's front right paw lifted up, against black background.
  • Family friendly
  • Free to visit

Friday, 1 December 2023 - Sunday, 10 March 2024

Event times:

12:00 - 17:00

Event location:

The Douglas Hyde Gallery

Event price:


About this event

The Douglas Hyde is delighted to present Medici Lion a newly commissioned sculptural work and major solo exhibition by Irish-Parsee sculptor Siobhán Hapaska opening in the main gallery space on 1 December 2023 and running until 10 March 2024.

Siobhán Hapaska is a singular voice in contemporary sculpture, consistently pushing the convention of form by utilising materials in unique and often surprising ways. In this exhibition she presents the figure of the lion to explore current crises, from the failures of democracy to ongoing conflict and wars, and the Climate crisis. A universal and persistent symbol of power, the lion has prolonged associations of justice, strength, courage and military might.

Here, Hapaska’s lion is suspended at the centre of the cavernous, double-height space of Gallery 1, tethered to the gallery’s walls. Hapaska uses the ambient sound captured at Westminster Abbey while Queen Elizabeth lay in State as an expanded sculptural layer to the work.

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