An exhibition of photographs of Blur will run at the Irish Museum of Modern Art in the run-up to the band’s concert at the venue on August 1st.

BLUR 21: The Exhibition will be held in The Great Hall at The Irish Museum of Modern Art at the Royal Hospital Kilmainham, Dublin from July 26th to August 1st and will feature over 70 images of Blur from music photographers, designers and artists including Pennie Smith, Kevin Cummins, Paul Postle, Tom Sheehan, Banksy and Julian Opie to celebrate the band’s 21 year career.

Entry is free and it opens from 12pm to 8pm daily.

The exhibition documents the band’s story from the early days as Seymour through the 1990s and the height of Britpop, seven chart-topping studio albums and eleven top 10 singles, to their Sunday night appearance at Glastonbury.It brings us right up to 2012 with the release of new songs Under The Westway and The Puritan.

Last week, Damon Albarn dropped the strongest hint yet that Blur are working on a new album, their fist since 2003’s Think Tank.

Read our review of the Blur: 21 boxset.

Blur’s return to Ireland on August 1st is the band’s only show this year in the UK and Ireland and marks the continuation of Damon Albarn, Graham Coxon, Alex James and Dave Rowntree’s long association with their Irish fans.

Blur played early gigs here in 1991 and have been regular visitors over the years with concerts in Dublin venues McGonagles, The Tivoili Theatre, The RDS and The Olympia and a headline slot at Oxegen.

There are a limited number of tickets still available for Blur's outdoor performance at IMMA priced at €62.50. Support on the night are Bat for Lashes and Irish tyros The Strypes.