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    NEW FUND FOR ARTISTS IN IRELAND ANNOUNCED

    Monday, October 12th, 2020

    A 600,000 fund to allow the Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA) acquire works by artists in Ireland has been announced today. It will allow IMMA support artists during Covid-19 by buying artworks and also expand the National Collection of contemporary art. IMMA will pay particular focus to artworks that reflect our position as radically inclusive and globally connected and art that can activate impactful conversations about contemporary society. The fund is supported by the Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media, Catherine Martin T.D. It is part of a €1m fund that the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media has given to IMMA and Crawford Art Gallery to support the arts community nationally in these challenging times.   

    Installation view of the current IMMA Collection exhibition Ghosts from the Recent Past. Photo Ros Kavanagh.

    FREUD EXPLORATION AT IRISH MUSEUM OF MODERN ART

    Sunday, February 23rd, 2020

    Few artists spent as much time in the studio as Lucian Freud (1922-2011), regarded as one of the greatest realist painters of the 20th century.  He changed the way we see portraiture and the nude.  In its latest incarnation the Freud Project at the Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA) has set out on an investigation into the relationship between the artist and their studio and the role of the studio  as a space for production. In all its forms the studio exerts a fascination as the physical and conceptual frame as an artist’s work progresses. The exhibition of 29 paintings and 16 works on paper is made possible by the IMMA Collection: Freud Project, a five year loan of 52 works by Lucian Freud to IMMA.  The programme of research will build  on existing ways of thinking about the studio and focus on the contemporary situation in Ireland. This is the fifth exhibition to be presented as part of the project and it will run until August 30.

    Lucian Freud standing on his head with his daughter Bella in his studio c1986 © Estate of Bruce Bernard, courtesy of Virginia Verran.

    STILL TIME TO CATCH FREUD AND YEATS AT IMMA

    Saturday, January 4th, 2020

    If you have not yet managed to see it there is still time to catch a marvellous show at the Irish Museum of Modern Art in Dublin.  Life Above Everything brings together the work of Lucian Freud (1922-2011) and Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957).  Freud had a lifelong interest in the work of Yeats and admired its force and energy.  He did not cite Yeats as an influence but seems to have found common purpose with its originality and independence.  A pen and ink drawing by Yeats, The Dancing Stevedores, hung beside Freud’s bed forI over 20 years.  Unique to the show is a group of seven paintings by Yeats which Freud selected for a close friend, advising him which works to acquire.  Freud’s first visit to Ireland in 1948 has been described, at least in part, as a pilgrimage to the site of Yeats’ work.  They exhibited together only one in their lifetimes, at the inaugural show at the ICA in London in 1948. Freud’s work has been exhibited with that of other artists, but this is the first time that it is presented with a single other artist. The show runs until January 19.

    Girl with Roses by Lucian Freud from the Freud-Yeats show at IMMA. British Council, London, UK /  © The Lucian Freud Archive /  Bridgeman Images

    SOLO EXHIBITIONS BY MARY SWANZY AND WOLFGANG TILLMANS AT IMMA

    Wednesday, October 24th, 2018

    Two major solo exhibitions – Voyages by Irish modernist master Mary Swanzy (1882 – 1978) and Rebuilding the Future by the German artist Wolfgang Tillmans – open at the Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA) on October 26.

    Pre-dating Evie Hone and Mainie Jellett by several years, Mary Swanzy can arguably be identified as Ireland’s first ‘modernist’ painter. However, her experimentation with a wide range of styles, along with her reluctance to participate in large exhibitions led to her being critically side-lined and although one of the most iconic and recognisable of modern Irish artists, there has not been a substantial retrospective of her work since 1968.

    Wolfgang Tillmans has shown his work in previous group exhibitions at IMMA but this is his first solo exhibition at the museum, and his first solo project in Ireland. The exhibition includes new works from the artist who had a major show at Tate Modern last year. Both exhibitions will run until February 17.

    Mary Swanzy / Young Woman with a White Bonnet c.1920 / Oil on Canvas / 99 x 80 cm / Private Collection / Courtesy Pyms Gallery, London

    Wolfgang Tillmans / Elephant Man, 2002 / © Wolfgang Tillmans / courtesy Maureen Paley, London

    MONIR AT THE IRISH MUSEUM OF MODERN ART

    Wednesday, August 8th, 2018

    Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian

    Sunset Sunrise, a retrospective of Iranian artist Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian opens at the Irish Museum of Modern Art on August 9. Now in her mid-nineties this is her first solo exhibition in Ireland. More than 70 works are on display with 1970’s sculpture,  jewellery, embroidery, collages and drawings fresh from the artist’s studio in Iran.

    Farmanfarmaian was one of the first Iranian students to study in the US after World War II. Between 1945 and 1957 she worked alongside iconic American artists such as Jackson Pollock, Frank Stella, Louise Nevelson and Andy Warhol.  In 1957 she returned to Iran and was abroad when the Islamic Revolution broke out in 1979. This marked an exile until 1992.  Now firmly re-established in her native country she is considered one of the most important Iranian artists working today. The Monir Museum opened in 2017 and is the first museum in Iran dedicated to a female artist.
    Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian said“The Irish and the Iranians share a love of poetry in their cultures. My poetry is in my art, and I am honoured to share it in this IMMA exhibition”.  The opening is to be performed by international curator Hans Ulrich Obrist, co-director, Serpentine Galleries, London.

    FREE FREUD AT IMMA FOR HALLOWEEN

    Monday, October 23rd, 2017

    The Irish Museum of Modern Art is  extending its inaugural Lucian Freud exhibition until next January 7.  The museum is celebrating a successful first year of IMMA Collection: Freud Project with a two-week period of free entry to coincide with the October mid-term and Halloween Bank holiday. The exhibition features 50 works by Lucian Freud (1922 – 2011) on a five-year loan from a number of private collections.  All have been on display for the past year.

    This is the first instalment of a five-year educational and cultural initiative where IMMA will present a series of different Lucian Freud related exhibitions. A new exhibition  The Ethics of Scrutiny  will open in early February. This, and subsequent exhibitions, will include works and new commissions by other modern and contemporary artists in response to Freud.

    EDGE OF THE LANDSCAPE BY CROZIER AT IMMA

    Saturday, October 14th, 2017

    Winged Figure by William Crozier

    The Edge of the Landscape, the William Crozier exhibition on view at the West Cork Arts Centre in Skibbereen in July and August, has just opened at the Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA) in Dublin.

    Best-known in Ireland for the lyrical landscapes made close to his home in West Cork from the mid-1980s, this exhibition of 30 works presents William Crozier’s early work, inspired by the Existentialist movement.

    The show, which runs to next April, is supported by the Crozier Circle: Mareta and Conor Doyle, Celtic Ross Hotel, Kelly’s Resort Hotel and other donors.

    SARAH GLENNIE TO BECOME DIRECTOR OF NCAD

    Tuesday, June 20th, 2017

    Sarah Glennie

    Sarah Glennie is to leave the Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA) to take up a new position of Director of the NCAD (National College of Art and Design).  Glennie took up the post of Director of IMMA in 2012 and has overseen exhibitions by artists including Nan Goldin, Lucian Freud, Etel Adnan, Stan Douglas, Karla Black, Hito Steyerl and Helio Oiticia. She will begin her new directorship in January 2018.

    Irish Culture Minister Heather Humphreys thanked Glennie for years of service and said: “IMMA is in a very strong place as a result of her directorship, with significantly increased visitor numbers, greater opportunities for Irish artists, a strong international reputation.”

    Sarah Glennie said: “While I am very sad to be leaving IMMA I am excited by the great opportunity to contribute further to the development of creativity in Ireland as the director of such a significant institution as NCAD which is in a unique position to inspire and nurture creative talent in Ireland”. The search for a new director at the IMMA will begin in the coming weeks.

    FIRST SOLO EXHIBITIONS IN IRELAND FOR GRAHAM, GOLDIN AND LEIRNER

    Tuesday, February 14th, 2017

    Hilma af Klint, Altarpiece, No 1, Group X, Series Altarpieces, 1915 , Oil and metal leaf on canvas, Photo: Albin Dahlström / Moderna Museet.

    Leading international artists Rodney Graham, Nan Goldin and Jac Leirner  will have their first solo exhibitions in Ireland at the Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA) in Dublin this year.   At the launch of IMMA’s 2017 exhibition programme today director Sarah Glennie said: “Through our landmark international group show As Above So Below: Portals, Visions, Spirits & Mystics we are also especially pleased to bring to IMMA the work of several 20th century masters including Hilma af Klint, Kandinsky, František Kupka and Sigmar Polke. Also featured are the works of cult artists James Lee Byars, Ira Cohen and Cameron, and some of the most influential artists living and working today, including Steve McQueen and Bruce Nauman among others. Many of whom have never exhibited in Ireland before.”

    “We saw in 2016 the valuable role contemporary artists can play in helping us to understand our times, and the opportunity for their work to create a space for reflection, debate and difference. We are committed to creating this important space within Irish life and to welcoming audiences, from across Ireland and beyond, into a dynamic and evolving experience of contemporary art and contemporary life.”

    Opening just before Easter As Above, So Below is a large show with over 200 works, including an exciting series of new IMMA commissions, supported by Matheson, from Irish artists Grace Weir, Alan Butler and Eoghan Ryan and international artists Linder Sterling, Hayden Dunham, Nora Berman, John Russell and Stephan Doitschinoff”.

    Among the other projects in 2017 is a William Crozier Retrospective which is due to open next October, a show by Irish artist Vivienne Dick from June 16 to October 15 and ROSC 50 from May 5 to June 18 which will examine the ambition, reception, controversies and legacy of the ROSC exhibitions, which had a significant impact on the development of contemporary art in Ireland.   These exhibitions took place in a range of venues approximately every four years between 1967 and 1988.

    A PALESTINIAN STUDENT WORKSHOP AT IMMA IN DUBLIN

    Wednesday, February 1st, 2017

    Palestinian artist Emily Jacir is leading a student workshop at the Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA) in conjunction with her current exhibition Europa  which runs to February 26.   “To Be Determined (for Jean)” is based around an exchange with students from the International Academy of Art Palestine, Ramallah, where she teaches. They are working at IMMA with students from colleges around Ireland including Limerick School of Art and Design; Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology, Centre for Creative Arts and Media; the National College of Art and Design Dublin and Dublin School of Creative Arts, Dublin Institute of Technology.

    The workshop is taking place over two consecutive weeks during which the nine students are travelling to sites around the country including the Falls Road in Belfast, Kilmainham Gaol in Dublin and the city of Derry with artist Willie Doherty.  The colleagues Jacir has invited to contribute are people she has been working with for decades like Willie Doherty, Conor McGrady, Gerard Byrne, Shane Cullen, and David Lloyd. Most of them have worked in Palestine.

    The initiative offers an opportunity for IMMA to develop its relationship with third level partners, to test out a model for international collaborative student research focusing on  exhibitions and exhibiting artists, and to promote its potential as a site for research.

    Emily Jacir, a sketch in the Egyptian Museum, April 24, 2003, Cairo 2003, video, photo: courtesy of the artist, © Emily Jacir

    Emily Jacir, Crossing Surda (a record of going to and from work), 2002, two-channel video installation, photo: courtesy of the artist. © Emily Jacir