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    PATRICK HENNESSY, CAROL RAMA EXHIBITIONS AT IMMA

    Thursday, March 24th, 2016

    Solo exhibitions from Irish artist Patrick Hennessy and Italian artist Carol Rama opened today at the Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA). Born in the same decade both were neglected by the official art circles of their time. One a realist painter the other not faithful to any particular movement Hennessy and Rama explore human sexuality, gender and identity while challenging the political and social culture of their time.

    Patrick Hennessy De Profundis is the first major exhibition of his work since 1981. Re-examining and repositioning Hennessy’s work as part of the IMMA Modern Irish Masters Series this exhibition reflects on what Hennessy’s work might mean to audiences today. At a time when gay men were subject to social and legal persecution for the simple fact of their sexual orientation, Hennessy and his lifelong partner Henry Robertson-Craig bravely chose to exhibit works that clearly marked them as homosexual. They have almost no peers in Irish art, but Hennessy’s late work demonstrates an engagement with the emerging international queer-art movement of the 1970s. The Hennessy show runs to July 24.

    The Passion According to Carol Rama is an exhibition of almost 200 works – the largest exhibition of the artist’s work to date. It comes to Dublin following exhibitions in MACBA, Barcelona, Musée d’Art moderne de la Ville de Paris, and EMMA, Finland. Ignored for decades by official art history, Carol Rama is now recognised as essential for understanding developments within contemporary art. Her influence can be seen in the work of a later generation of artists such as Cindy Sherman, Kara Walker, Sue Williams, Kiki Smith and Elly Strik. Rama was belatedly recognised in 2003, receiving the Golden Lion at the Venice Biennale, one of the most prestigious international art exhibitions. Divided into four thematic sections this exhibition is a guide through Rama’s many creative moments.  This exhibition runs to August 1.

    Carol Rama  (1918-2015) Appassionata, 1939. Private Collection. © Photo: Studio Dario & Carlos Tettamanzi © Archivio Carol Rama, Torino

    Carol Rama (1918-2015) Appassionata, 1939. Private Collection. © Photo: Studio Dario & Carlos Tettamanzi © Archivio Carol Rama, Torino

    Patrick Hennessy (1915-80) Kassim by the Sea, 1978. Image courtesy of Whytes, © The Artist’s Estate

    Patrick Hennessy (1915-80) Kassim by the Sea, 1978. Image courtesy of Whytes, © The Artist’s Estate

     

    LUCIAN FREUD AT IRISH MUSEUM OF MODERN ART

    Tuesday, March 8th, 2016
    Reflection (Self Portrait), 1985 (oil on canvas), Freud, Lucian (1922-2011) / Private Collection / © The Lucian Freud Archive / Bridgeman Image

    Reflection (Self Portrait), 1985 (oil on canvas), Freud, Lucian (1922-2011) / Private Collection / © The Lucian Freud Archive / Bridgeman Image

    A landmark Lucian Freud project for Ireland was announced today by the Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA).   The gallery has secured a long term loan of 50 works by the world renowned artist, regarded as one of the greatest figurative painters of the 20th century.  IMMA director Sarah Glennie said: “From September 2016, the IMMA Collection: Freud Project will be presented in a new, dedicated Freud Centre in the IMMA Garden Galleries for five years. With this extraordinary resource IMMA will create a centre for Freud research with a special programme of exhibitions, education partnerships, symposia and research that will maximise this exciting opportunity on offer in Ireland.”

    The museum announced highlights of its 2016 exhibition programme today. It will include solo exhibitions by Patrick Hennessy and the Italian artist Carol Rama. Artists will take over the courtyard in the summer for a project entitled A Fair Land in collaboration with Grizedale Arts.  In the Autumn there will be an exhibition of artist Emily Jacir, whose work explores various histories of migration, resistance and exchange through the telling of very personal stories. In a new invited curators initiative Indian curator Sumesh Sharma and Irish curator Kate Strain will present projects at IMMA that reflect their individual practices and bring new curatorial perspectives into IMMA’s programme.

    IMMA BRINGS CONTEMPORARY ART TO DUBLIN’S STREETS

    Tuesday, December 22nd, 2015

    An exhibition by Cuban born American artist Felix Gonzalez-Torres (1957-1996) at the Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA) has taken to the streets of Dublin.  The artist wanted “Untitled” (The New Plan), 1991 installed in a variety of locations in diverse neighbourhoods. So from now until December 30 it is on view  on six billboards across six sites within Dublin city centre normally used for prime advertising space. The art is on billboards at Usher’s Island, Dublin 8; Townsend St., Dublin 2; Pearse St., Dublin 2; East Wall Road (Dublin 3); Talbot St., Dublin 1 and Parnell St., Dublin 1.

    Felix Gonzalez-Torres’ artworks are known for their quiet, simple forms and minimal aesthetic. The artwork “Untitled” (The New Plan), 1991, is made by reproducing a specific colour image of denim fabric, a photograph by Gonzalez-Torres, exclusively as billboards. The work is intentionally open to interpretation and driven by viewer interaction.  It is part of the exhibition What We Call Love: From Surrealism to Now at IMMA until February 7, 2016. The show features modern and contemporary masterworks from the world’s leading collections by Brancusi, Dalí, Duchamp Ernst, Giacometti, Oppenheim, Picasso, Warhol, Yoko Ono, and more.

    Felix Gonzalez-Torres, “Untitled” (The New Plan), 1991, Billboard, Dimensions vary with installation’

    Felix Gonzalez-Torres, “Untitled” (The New Plan), 1991, Billboard, Dimensions vary with installation’

    Felix Gonzalez-Torres, “Untitled” (The New Plan), 1991, Billboard, Dimensions vary with installation’

    Felix Gonzalez-Torres, “Untitled” (The New Plan), 1991, Billboard, Dimensions vary with installation’

    EL LISSITZKY AT IRISH MUSEUM OF MODERN ART

    Monday, August 3rd, 2015

    El Lissitzky: The Artist and the State brings to Ireland for the first time an extraordinary body of works by the Russian avant garde artist. They have been lent to Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA) by the Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, The Netherlands. These are shown alongside archival material related to Alice Milligan and Maud Gonne’s theatrical tableaux, and newly commissioned and recent works by Rossella Biscotti (Italy 1978), Núria Güell (Spain 1981), Sarah Pierce (USA 1968) and Hito Steyerl (Germany 1966). El Lizzitsky (1890 – 1941) was one of the most influential artists of the 20th century. The exhibition is at IMMA until October 18.

    El Lissitzky - Proof for a Proun, 1923

    El Lissitzky – Proof for a Proun, 1923

    El Lissitzky - Beat the Whites with the Red Wedge

    El Lissitzky – Beat the Whites with the Red Wedge

     

    KARLA BLACK AT IRISH MUSEUM OF MODERN ART

    Wednesday, May 13th, 2015
    Karla Black, Practically in Shadow, 2013, Plaster powder, powder paint, florist foam, bath bombs, nail varnish, polythene, thread, cellophane, sellotape. Hanging element: 840 x 870 x 80 cm Floor element: 160 x 1200 x 670 cm. Overall dimensions variable. Installation view, Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania, 2013. Photo: Aaron Igler/ Greenhouse Media

    Karla Black, Practically in Shadow, 2013, Plaster powder, powder paint, florist foam, bath bombs, nail varnish, polythene, thread, cellophane, sellotape. Hanging element: 840 x 870 x 80 cm Floor element: 160 x 1200 x 670 cm. Overall dimensions variable. Installation view, Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania, 2013. Photo: Aaron Igler/ Greenhouse Media

    The UK artist Karla Black is showing at the Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA) until July 26. Experimenting with ways to float material, form and colour at eye level remains a constant preoccupation in Black’s work.  She is regarded as one of the pioneering contemporary artists of her generation. The 2011 Turner Prize nominee draws from a multiplicity of artistic traditions from expressionist painting, land art, performance, to formalism. For this show she has created seven new site specific sculptures.

    This is the first exhibition under a new three year partnership supporting new art between Matheson and the IMMA.  Matheson is the law firm of choice for international companies and financial institutions doing business in and through Ireland. The firm’s clients include the majority of the Fortune 100 companies. It also advises 7 of the top 10 global technology brands and more than half of the world’s 50 largest banks. Matheson is headquartered in Dublin. Matheson will support around ten exhibitions each year at IMMA.