Would you die for Ireland? — and Peep


Film, installation

Would you die for Ireland?
and Peep

Past: May 13 → June 8, 2016

Born in Belfast and now living in Dublin, John Byrne has explored notions of patriotism and nationalism for over a decade. In 2003, as part of the Robert Emmet commemorations of that year, he filmed Would you die for Ireland?. A humorous piece, it involves the artist conducting a series of impromptu interviews with pedestrians, which include the Taoiseach Bertie Ahern and members of the Orange Order, all over Ireland.

Enriched with interviews from 2016, Would you die for Ireland? is being screened in conjunction with Peep, his new sculptural work specially created for the CCI. Addressing national allegiance and our relationship with particular emblems, the free-standing booth installed in CCI’s courtyard offers individuals an intimate encounter with a revered symbol of nationhood. Banners and anthems are more often crowd-pleasers enjoyed by the collective, the crowd, the tribe. This new work offers a novel, discreet way of experiencing a nation’s colours in action, flown for their personal gratification in a very private setting.


Nuit européenne des musées 21 May 16, 8pm-midnight

  • Opening Thursday, May 12, 2016 6:30 PM → 8 PM

    Dès la fin du vernissage de l’exposition, à 20h, John Byrne — qui pratique aussi le stand-up et le théâtre — nous offrira une performance drôle et décalée et apportera ainsi un nouvel éclairage à ses œuvres exposées au CCI (entrée libre, en anglais).

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5, rue des Irlandais

75005 Paris

T. 01 58 52 10 30 — F. 01 58 52 10 99


Cardinal Lemoine
Place Monge

Opening hours

Tuesday – Saturday, 2 PM – 6 PM
Late night on Wednesday until 8 PM
Sunday, 12:30 PM – 2:30 PM
Closed Mondays and bank holidays

Admission fee

Free entrance

The artist

  • John Byrne