Making Ireland Modern explores the relationship between architecture, infrastructure and technology in the building of a new nation. Constructed as an open matrix of drawings, photographs, models and other artefacts, the exhibition presents ten infrastructural episodes – Negation, Electricity, Health, Transportation, Television, Aviation, Education, Telecommunications, Motorways, Data – spanning a period of one hundred years from 1916–2016. Exploring a range of scales from the detail design of objects to entire landscapes and other territories, Making Ireland Modern describes architecture’s role in transforming the physical and cultural identity of the new state through its intersession in the everyday lives of its population.
Making Ireland Modern is a Touring Project as part of ART: 2016. It was originally presented as Infra Éireann – Making Ireland Modern at the 2014 International Architecture Exhibition - La Biennale di Venezia. Ireland at Venice is an initiative of Culture Ireland and the Arts Council.