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Unique Creative Gifts this Christmas from the new IMMA Shop


We’re all familiar with the challenge that gift giving brings at Christmas; how and where to find original presents for your loved ones of all ages. IMMA’s new shop comes to the rescue this year with a selection of creative and unique gifts. Prices start from as little as €5 and we have a great selection of Irish design and craft, jewellery, art books, toys, art prints, or a year-long art experience from IMMA. Not only will you be buying Irish, and giving a really creative gift, but you’ll also be supporting our work at IMMA through your purchase.

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Now in a new prime location on the First Floor of the main IMMA Galleries, the IMMA Shop is proud to present some of the best Irish craft and design this Christmas. We have stunning pieces of hand-blown BTU Glass (from €89) in beautiful designs and with a flawless finish, cool contemporary architect designed watches from PUSH (from €35), modern ceramics from Karo Art (from €28) and Ariane Tobin’s beautifully designed collection of hand-made jewellery inspired by nature.



KidsTrioFor the little creatives in your life the IMMA Shop has a host of gift ideas to keep little hands busy and young brains buzzing. The most popular present is the Art Jar (ages 4-8) which, as the name suggests, is a jar packed full with wacky, fun materials and all the tools they’ll need to realise their own masterpiece. This comes with an ideas sheet to set their imagination soaring (€19.99). The Extraordinaires (ages 8-80) need your help to design cool gadgets and outrageous objects for their superhero team using the help of zany prompt cards. There are 36 design challenges for single or multi-player and it comes with a free app to share your inventions with the world (€26). For budding and professional artists, designers and illustrators of all ages each of the fine range of Magma Sketchbooks comes with practical info not available on the internet! Choose from a range of five disciplines – from Architecture to Fashion (from €12.55).



On the more surreal end of the spectrum we have some fun gifts for the (supposed) grown-ups in your life. Best picks here include the Dali Pop-ups; everyone’s favourite surrealist now in eye-popping pop-ups (€29.99), the Kikkerland Day of the Dead Corkscrew (€29.90), a fun and elegant riff on Dia de Muertos for the more adventurous wine-drinkers in your life and for the inevitable beard lover – All hail the beard! – we have the Beardy Man Mug Set, so dashing and so handsome, this 2 mug set is part of a wider range of beardy weirdness (€27.99). The full range of the famous series Why Grizzly Bears should Wear Underpants, and other irreverent imponderables from The Oatmeal are now in-store, providing thought-provoking, wise and hilariously illustrated gifts from €16.60.



With an extensive range of catalogues, art books and limited edition art prints. the IMMA Shop is obviously perfect for the art lover in your life. If beautifully designed, glossy coffee table books are your thing then The Moderns, IMMA’s astounding, lavishly illustrated and comprehensive overview of modern art, is an ideal choice. Exclusive to IMMA it is at the very special Christmas price of €50 until 31st of December.



Give the gift of Art this Christmas with IMMA Limited Art Editions

One of Ireland’s best kept secrets, the IMMA Editions are a range of limited edition art prints, all exclusive to IMMA. A great opportunity to buy affordable art this Christmas the Editions include work by Sean Scully, Patrick Scott, Alice Maher, Dorothy Cross , Isabel Nolan, Etel Adnan, Isaac Julien, Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Barrie Cooke and many more. Signed by the artsit and released in a limited, numbered series, IMMA Editions start at just €100. An exclusive new edition by Irish artist Grace Weir, who currently has a major solo show at the Museum, will be released before Christmas.

Become an IMMA Member today and enjoy a 30% Discount on the listed price for Editions during the month of December.

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For the ultimate art gift that keeps on giving all year, you can gift an IMMA Membership from €50. IMMA Members pay less in the IMMA Shop and Café, can bring a friend to any paid exhibitions for free as often as they like and enjoy priority access to sold out events and exclusive invitations to artist talks.

In addition to enjoying a special 30% discount on Editions this December, any new or gift memberships taken out this month will go into a prize draw to win an IMMA Edition by either Dorothy Cross or Isaac Julien.


IMMA Members at an exclusive Studio Visit as part of a Members Studio Crawl in October 2015

All purchases at the IMMA Shop help to support the excellent work of the Irish Museum of Modern Art; a perfect way to give back this Christmas.

IMMA Shop is open from 11.30am – 5.30pm Tuesday to Friday; 10am – 5.30pm on Saturdays and 12noon – 5.30pm on Sunday.

There is ample parking on site which is charged at €2 for the first three hours.

The IMMA Shop is situated on the first floor of the main galleries at IMMA. Shop online at or come in store for the complete range.




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What does the Tarot tell us about love?

This is the first of our Love Blogs in a series commissioned by IMMA in association with the exhibition What We Call Love: From Surrealism to Now. Upcoming articles in the series include Dr Noel Kavanagh A Philosopher’s Perspective on Love; Andrew Hyland on his experience of the Marriage Bill referendum and Dr Rebecca King O’Riain on the Globalization of Love. In this first blog Tarot Maven, Danielle Vierling, on BEING in the LOVERS ETERNAL EMBRACE: How the Archetypal Tool of Tarot Guides Us in LOVE.


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The question of what we call love inspires a vast and varied response. I was recently the Tarot Maven at the opening of IMMA’s exhibition What We Call Love: From Surrealism to Now, interestingly, of the 50 or so people who sat in on a reading about love, the questions that arose were far from the usual superficial query about lovers. There was a great willingness among attendees to consciously explore the deeper meaning of love in their lives, both real and desired. The questions ranged from the existential to the ephemeral to the erotic, What is love? and Can love last? to Is it possible to have a polyamorous relationship?

What does the Tarot tell us about love? A zoom-in on the archetypal Lovers card (below) illuminates some esoteric wisdom about the exploration of love in our lives. Many assume that this Trump card means love will be crossing their path and indeed some Tarot decks talk about it as representative of a lover’s quarrel or love triangle. Our tendency here is to hold a romantic or sexual notion attached to finite coupledom. We naively want to hear, “You’re my one and only forever”.


On a deeper level, the archetype of the Lovers is more about the inner masculine (The Tarot Emperor archetype of male power) and inner feminine (The Tarot Empress archetype of female power) energies in oneself rather than about experiencing love with another. Carl Jung, the prominent psychoanalyst who worked with the Tarot, highlighted the Syzygy, or Divine Couple, as an archetype of psychological integration, the union of opposites.  When we take on a consciousness of separateness, as in the biblical association with Adam as the pure male form and Eve as the pure female form, featured in classic Tarot such as The Rider-Waite-Smith deck, this leads to the head-wrecking of ‘me vs. you’ which is inherent in the Lovers/Gemini archetype. The truth is, as in the traditional Indian tantric myth of Krishna (divine masculine) & Radha (Divine Feminine), we often attract our polar opposite in an effort to merge our own  inner male (animus) and inner female (anima), ultimately becoming one with all of creation.

So what does it mean when the Lovers card appears in a Tarot reading? Superficially, you can expect that one or more lovers may be in your path which draws you into an emotional dilemma about how to integrate the different and sometimes conflicting aspects of the self. Here we are looking at the complexity of your own psyche. If you become critical of what you see in the other, then you must examine what echo or magnification of that quality you may need to change in yourself. We don’t need to confine this mirroring to only heterosexual relationships since no matter our gender or sexual orientation, we can all exemplify both the male qualities of initiative and expressiveness, or the feminine qualities of  receptivity and creative gestation. If we are unbalanced within ourselves, we will attract unstable relationships and get that mirror externally from others. If we think someone else will complete us and must be our better half, then our cup of love always stays half empty.

Our relationship with ourselves is paramount for fulfillment in love.  If we achieve inner balance of our male energy/yang with our female energy/yin then and only then can we attract and sustain the unconditionally loving and dynamic relationships we wish. Furthermore, we can expand beyond the limitations of a finite vision of love as exclusive and dependent on another and embrace a more compassionate state of being that allows us to experience infinite and eternal love no matter who is present in the path.

On Wednesday 18 November Danielle Vierling will perform Tarot Maven in the exhibition What We Call Love from 6 to 7pm prior to the lecture by Dr Maureen Gaffney, bestselling author of Flourishing at 7pm. Dr Gaffney will discuss her research into the science of emotional intelligence, human functioning and strategies for building fulfilling lives, to offer insights into how we can all benefit from a longer look at love and its various guises in contemporary society. The event is free but booking is essential, book here.

Bio on Tarot Maven, Danielle Vierling

419799_350286921678498_2049537543_nGiven a California family upbringing in professional psychology, astrology, spiritual values, and shamanistic practices, Danielle had great training in the real life application of archetypal tools since her early childhood.  During her past 18 years in Ireland, she has developed her thriving professional practice as a Spiritual Tarot Reader, Astrologer, Teacher and Intuitive Development Guide to empower individual needs, growth, and well being in life.  Known for her compassionate and non-judgemental approach to her clients and group participants, Danielle has been featured on Irish radio, RTE television, and in several publications including IMAGE magazine, the Sunday Independent, the Evening Herald, and currently as a quarterly contributor to NETWORK magazine.

For further information, please see Danielle’s website.


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Lisa Moran, Curator: Education and Community Programmes, introduces a new programme entitled Art | Memory | Place beginning in October 2015 and running over the course of 2016.



‘Is it the fear of forgetting that triggers the desire to remember, or is it perhaps the other way around?’ (Andreas Huyssen, Present Pasts: Urban Palimpsests and the Politics of Memory, 2003)

Art | Memory | Place is a new programme of talks and events beginning in October 2015 and running over the course of 2016. Focusing on the role of art and artists whose work addresses memory, the programme will provide a forum for consideration of this work within the wider context of memory studies and, more specifically, in the context of the ‘decade of centenaries’ in Ireland.

Writing at the end of the twentieth-century, Andreas Huyssen (Villard Professor of German and Comparative Literature at Columbia University) argued that the recent obsession with memorials, monuments and commemoration is indicative of a fin de siècle dread of the future displaced onto a desire for the past. He attributes this to a collective disillusionment with the events of the twentieth century – the unfulfilled promises of modernism, the atrocities committed by civilised societies – resulting in a shift from an historically-based forward gaze to a memory-driven fixation on the past. He argues that traditional history becomes distrusted and displaced in favour of a discourse around memory as a means of understanding the past.

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Maya Schweizer, Which Story Would You Prefer Not to Recall?, (detail), 2009 – 13

In the second decade of the twenty-first century we still seem unable to shake off these reservations and backward glances. Memory remains an important discursive framework within which to understand the past, and this is increasingly evident in the prevalence of memory studies programmes across a range of disciplines such as the Irish Memory Studies Network and in the growth of museums and commemorative initiatives concerned with remembrance and commemoration; most notably our current ‘decade of centenaries’.

Many artists are creating work that is concerned with memory and the past but does not necessarily take the form of a memorial or a commemorative gesture. Such work may arise out of the imperative of the artist rather than in response to an event or a public commission. Artists, critical writers and researchers are also articulating their ideas about the significance and meaning of such practice. The purpose of this programme is to broaden and deepen the current discussion about the subject of remembrance and commemoration to take account of such work. We are therefore launching this year-long programme entitled Art | Memory | Place to provide a forum for consideration of such work within the broad context of memory studies and specifically in the context of the ‘decade of centenaries’ in Ireland. Launching this Saturday 24 October, the programme will run throughout 2016 focusing on the role of art and artists whose work addresses the subject of memory.

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Ann Rigney

Centenaries: what are they good for? 
Ann Rigney, Professor of Comparative Literature, University of Utrecht and Director of the Utrecht Forum for Memory Studies, will open the programme on Saturday 24 October 2015 with the question: Centenaries: what are they good for?. She challenges some of the assumptions about historical memory and the rituals and traditions constructed around commemorative practice. This contribution is particularly timely, as we negotiate our way through the decade of centenaries. Artists Shane Cullen, Cecily Brennan and Chloe Dewe Mathews will then provide responses to these themes drawing on their own practice and experience. Chloe Dewe Mathew’s exhibition Shot at Dawn is currently on show at IMMA. This session will be chaired by Ailbhe Murphy, Director of Create.

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Image: Private James Crozier / 07:05 / 27.2.1916 / Le Domaine des Cordeliers, Mailly-Maillet, Picardie. C-print, 120 x 150 cm. © Chloe Dewe Mathews 2013.

Andreas Huyssen

Andreas Huyssen

Media of Memory in Contemporary Art
For our second Art | Memory | Place event we are delighted to welcome Andreas Huyssen (quoted above) to IMMA where he
will give a keynote lecture entitled ‘Media of Memory in Contemporary Art’ on Thursday 12 November 2015. Professor Huyssen will discuss transnational art practices involving the history of European modernism and contemporary artists who deal with difficult pasts focusing on the work of Doris Salcedo, William Kentridge, and Nalini Malani.

Our postgraduate research seminar on Friday 13 November follows Andreas Huyssen’s keynote lecture and includes a range of presentations by postgraduate researchers responding to the themes of art, memory and place. The purpose of this seminar is to provide a forum for researchers exploring these themes within academia so that they might have a broader reach and wider application. For example, Dr. Lisa Foran considers memorialisation in terms of the ‘Politics of the Future’ and what we decide to forget. Some researchers focus on particular sites of memory such as Steven Nestor who talks about the city of Cassino in Italy, destroyed during World War II, in terms of a ‘martyred’ city, while Martina Cleary considers the photograph as a site of mnemonic return. Several presentations focus on the work of particular artists whose work is concerned with memory such as Sue Rainsford’s study of the work of Scottish artist Susan Philipsz in terms of ‘Fragmentation and Embodiment’; Joseph Murphy’s exploration of the work of Irish artists Willie Doherty and Kerry Guinan’s focus on the work of Polish artist Artur Zmijewski.

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Steven Nestor, Allied Sherman tank in Cassino centre, 2015

The programme will continue over the course of 2016, featuring a range of perspectives from artists, writers, critics and theorists on the relationship between art, memory and place. Some forthcoming contributions include Hong-An Truong who will talk about her film, A Measure of Remorse, 2009, which looks at the disputed legacy of the Nanjing massacre in 1937. Also, French-German artist Maya Schweizer will discuss her work which deals with ‘the marks and traces that historical events have left in our contemporary public spaces’.


Hong-An Truong, A Measure of Remorse, 2009

Art | Memory | Place will evolve over the course of 2016, keep an eye on our programme webpage for further updates and further information about our contributors, or sign up to our talks and lectures mailing list to be among the first to hear about events and access booking lines.

Art | Memory | Place is developed by Lisa Moran, Curator: Education and Community Programmes, IMMA, and Sophie Byrne, Assistant Curator: Talks and Lectures, IMMA. 

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Video:: What does love mean to you?

The curators of the major exhibition What We Call Love: From Surrealism to Now, Christine Macel, Chief Curator, Centre Pompidou, Paris, and Rachael Thomas, Senior Curator: Head of Exhibitions, IMMA, introduce the core ideas and themes within the exhibition. Also we ask members of the public ‘what does love mean to you?’

What We Call Love: From Surrealism to Now is on at IMMA from 12 September 2015 – 7 February 2016. Admission: €8.00 full price, €5.00 concession (senior citizens and the unwaged), under 18’s and those in full time education free. Admission free for IMMA Members plus one guest, >arrow linkclick here to become a IMMA Member.

Visitors are advised that this exhibition contains adult themes and explicit imagery. Please speak to a member of staff for further information.


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‘Mornings at the Museum’ Summer Wrap-Up

Okay, so it wasn’t the best of summers in Ireland weather-wise, but there was plenty of enjoyable creative activity for families happening indoors at IMMA. Mornings at the Museum, the hour-long family workshop, ran on Wednesday and Thursday mornings, starting during IMMA’s festival SUMMER RISING in June, and finishing during national Heritage Week at the end of August.

Mornings at the Museum, El Lissitzky, 13 August 2015, IMMA Continue reading


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