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Curator’s voice: Elaine Reichek and Helen Chadwick added to the exhibition Conversations

Marguerite O’Molloy, Assistant Curator: Collections, talks about the current IMMA Collection display Conversations, and the recent introduction of works from Elaine Reichek and Helen Chadwick to the exhibition.

When we selected and installed the current display from the IMMA Collection; entitled Conversations, we planned to make changes to certain rooms at some point during the exhibition. Decisions as to what would be changed, and when, were left open at that point, to allow curatorial staff a degree of flexibility to respond to the wider programme, or to current events. This is a new way of working with the Collection that gives us the scope to be more responsive, rather than limit ourselves to a single, long-term hang. It as allows us to introduce new works and, over time, places more works on display for visitors to experience


Andrew Vickery, Do you know what you saw, 2004, mixed media and slide projection, courtesy of the artist.

With that in mind, we recently took the opportunity to change one room in the West Wing, removing Andrew Vickery’s work Do you know what you saw (pictured above). The room was then re-hung with two works: Elaine Reichek Chiricahua Apaches, 1992 and Helen Chadwick Adore<>Abhore, 1991. These two works have joined woolworks by Elinor Wiltshire, already on display in this room, creating interesting dialogues between artistic practices.

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Now Open: Hubbard / Birchler: Sound Speed Marker

hbeviteHubbard / Birchler: Sound Speed Marker
5 December 2014 – 4 May 2015

Teresa Hubbard and Alexander Birchler have been working collaboratively in video, photography and sculpture since 1990. Their work invites suggestive, open-ended reflections on memory, place and cinema. Sound Speed Marker is their first exhibition in Ireland and will present their recently completed trilogy of films in a changing display from December 2014 through to Spring 2015. Each film interweaves and unpacks layers of cinema history.

Grand Paris Texas, considers the physical and social space of a dead cinema, a forgotten song and the inhabitants of a small town. Movie Mountain (Méliès), explores the residue of cinema and social terrain around the site of Movie Mountain in West Texas for the origin of the mountain’s name. Giant interweaves signs of life and vistas of a decaying movie set in Texas: the Reata mansion from the 1956 Warner Bros. film Giant starring Elizabeth Taylor, Rock Hudson and James Dean. This presentation is the European premiere of the completed Trilogy.

Grand Paris Texas: 4 December 2014 – 11 January 2015
Movie Mountain: 16 January – 1 March 2015
Giant: 6 March – 4 May 2015

Artists’ Conversation | Teresa Hubbard + Alexander Birchler
Saturday 7 March 2015, 2.00–3.00pm, Lecture Room, IMMA
Teresa Hubbard and Alexander Birchler discuss their exhibition Sound Speed Marker with Seán Kissane (Curator, Exhibitions, IMMA).

Artists’ Response | Gerard Byrne + Sarah Pierce
Wednesday 18 March 2015, 6.30–7.30pm, Lecture Room, IMMA

Artists Gerard Byrne and Sarah Pierce discuss ideas of past-tense fictions and ready-made dramas in response to the film works of Teresa Hubbard/Alexander Birchler.

Booking is essential. Free tickets are available online at

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This project is made in collaboration with Ballroom Marfa, Texas

Teresa Hubbard / Alexander Birchler, Production still, Giant (2014), Photo Credit: Chris Austin, Courtesy of Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York and Lora Reynolds Gallery, Austin

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Creative presents from IMMA this Christmas


As Christmas approaches we’re all looking for great present ideas for loved one near and far. If you want to give something really unique, why not consider giving art as a gift this christmas? Not only will you be buying irish, and giving a really creative gift, you’ll also be supporting our work at IMMA through your purchase. Prices start from as little as €25 and we have a great selection of art books, art works, art products or a year-long art experience from IMMA.

Limited Editions

IMMA EditionsIf you have an art lover in your life we have a beautiful selection of Limited Edition works, all created for us by IMMA exhibition artists. These artist works are created in strictly limited series, each individually numbered so that you know your gift is unique to you. Prices start at €95 and include photographs, prints and watercolours from irish artists such as Patrick Scott, Louis le Brocquy, Dorothy Cross, Gerard Byrne and Isabel Nolan and International Artists Linder, Isaac Julien, Juan Usle and Apichatpong Weerasethakul.

IMMA Editions, pictured left to right; Dorothy Cross, Rugby Ball, 2005 (detail), Patrick Scott, Untitled, 2009 (detail) Isaac Julien, Hate/Love, 2006 (detail), Linder, Migration of Symbols, 2014 (detail), Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Power Boy, 2011, Isabel Nolan, Heliosphere, 2014 (detail)

IMMA Art Books

shopbooksAnother great gift option for the creative in your life is an IMMA art book. We have a great range both online, and in our bookshop; from beautifully illustrated large volumes like The Moderns: The Arts in Ireland from the 1900s to the 1970s, to individual artist books such as Alice Maher – Becoming, Patrick Scott – Image Space Light, Dorothy Cross- Connemara, Barrie Cooke and striking photography books from the David Kronn collection: Out of the Darkroom and the new 2014 publication Second Sight.

Browse our full collection of IMMA Publications online>

Dorothy Cross special package


To celebrate Trove we have a very special offer this Christmas, where you can purchase Dorothy Cross’ Limited Edition Rugby Ball (2005) (RRP €250) plus her most recent catalogue Connemara (RRP €25) and the limited edition set of 8 postcards from Trove (RRP €10) for a combined cost of €260.

Give the gift of Membership

If you want to give the gift of an experience that your loved one can use throughout the year why not become an IMMA member? Members get access to exclusive events, free entry to all IMMA exhibitions (many of our exhibitions are free but some carry an admission fee), exclusive access to the curators and artists behind our programme, and discounts in our shop and cafe. Membership starts at €50 (or €30 concession) and if you gift a membership this Christmas you too can avail of the members discount on all shop items, including the Limited Editions. Email or visit our members web page for more details and how to buy online.

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Opening this Friday at IMMA: Mobile Encounters: Documenting the Early Years of Performance Art in Ireland

Alastair MacLennan, Lie To Lay (1986) Performance at Roseberry Crescent, Newcastle upon Tyne. Alastair MacLennan Archive, Locus + archive, Newcastle. © Alastair MacLennan

Alastair MacLennan, Lie To Lay (1986) Performance at Roseberry Crescent, Newcastle upon Tyne. Alastair MacLennan Archive, Locus + archive, Newcastle. © Alastair MacLennan

You are invited to the opening of Mobile Encounters on Friday 12th December at 6.00pm to celebrate the beginnings of a fruitful collaboration between IMMA and the National Irish Visual Arts Library (NIVAL). The opening includes a live performance by artist Dominic Thorpe, somebody else’s mouth (2014). Séamus McCormack, Project Co-ordinator: Exhibitions, IMMA, tells us a little more about the project. Continue reading

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Christmas Flash Sale this week on Patrick Scott, Dorothy Cross, Isobel Nolan and others.

Limited Editions

Pictured left to right; Dorothy Cross, Rugby Ball, 2005 (detail), Patrick Scott, Untitled, 2009 (detail) Isaac Julien, Hate/Love, 2006 (detail), Linder, Migration of Symbols, 2014 (detail), Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Power Boy, 2011, Isabel Nolan, Heliosphere, 2014 (detail)

For this week only; 1-7 December 2015, we are offering a significant discount of 30% on our IMMA Editions; limited edition works on paper from IMMA artists. Works by irish artists Patrick Scott, Dorothy Cross, Isabel Nolan and international artists such as Linder, Apichatpong Weerasethakul and Issac Julien are available among many others. You can read a description of these featured works below, or as an IMMA Member, you can make an appointment to speak to, or meet with a curator to discuss your purchase by emailing IMMA Editions are a great opportunity to acquire affordable and unique contemporary artworks from internationally recognised artists. Produced by the artists to support the IMMA programme, your purchase directly supports IMMA. This offer is open to members only, but don’t worry, if you are not a member you can join online from €50 to avail of the discounts. You can even give this new membership as a christmas gift, and still avail of the discount.  For example, the Isaac Julien work, usually priced at €350 is €245 to members this week, and the Dorothy Cross work, usually priced at €250 is just €175 this week. Browse the full Collection>

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