A Dubliner’s Collection of Asian Art

The Albert Bender Exhibition

A Dubliner's Collection of Asian Art

’A Dubliner’s Collection of Asian Art: The Albert Bender Exhibition’ opened at the National Museum of Ireland, Collins Barracks in November 2008 and is ongoing.

Since its opening it has helped bring to the public’s attention (both Irish and international) this highly important Asian art collection given to the National Museum during the 1930s by the great Irish-American Albert Bender. On exhibition in the National Museum, Kildare Street up to the early 1970s, this is, however, the first significant modern display of objects from the collection in over three decades. You can view a few of the outstanding examples of Asian art on display in the exhibition via the links below, but why stop there? Come and discover this beautiful collection for yourself.

Dr. Audrey Whitty, Curator

Yeats and Bender: A Time of Gifts 2 Yeatspdf.pdf (0.44 MB, Adobe PDF) 

The Birth & Background of Albert Bender

Learn about the man behind the collection.

A Family of Influence

Learn more about Albert Bender's father and brother.

The Irish Connection

Read about some of the Irish writers Albert Bender corresponded with.

An Unexpected Friendship: Albert Bender and Adolf Mahr

Discover the surprising relationship between Adolf Mahr and Albert Bender.


Learn about Albert Bender's generosity throughout his life and beyond.

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