Dr Audrey Whitty, the Collins Barracks curator who very kindly did an interview with Dublin Culture earlier this year, has published a new book in the National Museum's Monograph Series on the Albert Bender Collection, just in time for Christmas!
Buddhist Thangkas (painted
textiles depicting Buddhist scenes) and Japanese ukiyo-e (wood-block
prints). Through almost benign neglect, it was stored and ignored for several decades until Audrey got her hands on it. The permanent exhibition opened in the Barracks in 2008 and this book is the result of several years research by Audrey. She not only documents the collection but goes into the backdrop of how the museum ended up with it. It's beautifully photographed as well.
The book was launched last night in the Barracks by Roisín Ingle of the Irish Times and is on sale now in the Museum Book shop.