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West Wing

Room 30

Room 13 of 16

In 1967 the first ROSC exhibition was held in the Royal Dublin Society (RDS). The event marked the internationalisation of the Irish art world. Organised by the architect Michael Scott with the advice of American critic-curator and former Guggenheim Museum director James Johnson Sweeney, the idea was to hold a major exhibition every four years which would expose an Irish audience to the latest trends in world art. Irish artists were excluded from the first two exhibitions, as the purpose was to bring in artists from abroad. The painter Cecil King (see Room 27) designed the first exhibition as well as the second ROSC in 1971. The significance of ROSC as an inspiration to Irish artists and as an instigator of debate amongst the general public has been immense. The documentaries of ROSC ’67 and ROSC ’71 were made for RTE and first broadcast in 1967 and 1972 respectively.

The musical scores by Seóirse Bodley, Raymond Deane, Frank Corcoran, Derek Ball and Gerald Barry on display here mark compositional developments in Ireland from the latter half of the 20th century, demonstrating the intention of Irish composers to write seriously within the perspective of a European milieu.