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IMMA Event Guide, Nov 2014 – Feb 2015

Click to download the IMMA event guide, Nov 14 - Feb 15The IMMA Winter Event Guide is now available at the Front Desk, or you can click to read online / download.

We have five exhibitions taking place during the winter season, including Conversations; drawn from the IMMA Collection; a major solo exhibition from Turner Prize nominee Duncan Campbell and a group show; Primal Architecture which includes work from Mike Kelley / Jeremy Deller / Conrad Shawcross / Kevin Atherton / Linder / Jesse Jones / Bedwyr Williams. All three of these exhibitions are currently open and are free of charge. Opening in the coming weeks are Sound Speed Marker from Teresa Hubbard / Alexander Bircher and a very unique exhbition Trove; Dorothy Cross selects from the National Collections, sponsored by BNP Paribas.

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The Best of Frieze Week

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October is the month that the art world flocks to London for the weeklong contemporary art fair known as Frieze.  The Fair now also includes Frieze Masters where your chequebook can get you anything from a Rembrandt to a Francis Bacon.

But there’s more to ‘Frieze Week’ in London than the commercial interests of auction houses, galleries and art collectors.  October in London provides a glimpse into some of the best emerging and established contemporary art.

IMMA’s Exhibitions and Collections curators were navigating their way through Regent’s Park, Shoreditch and Bermondsey to see familiar favourites and emerging standouts alike; some soon to be shown at IMMA including Karla Black and Linder Sterling at Stuart Shave/Modern Art, Conrad Shawcross at Victoria Miro and Stan Douglas at David Zwirner.

Here are their Top Fives:

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IMMA Winter Opening Weekend details :: Primal Architecture and Duncan Campbell


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Join us for a weekend programme of activities including the opening of our winter exhbitions Duncan Campbell and Primal Architecture, talks, tours, and music drawn from the exhibitions across IMMA.

IMMA’s Winter Opening Weekend

Friday 7 November

Preface lecture :: Primal Architecture
1pm – 2pm, Lecture Room, FREE
Mike Kelley: Lent Felt (Intimations of his Mind’s Fall), with John C Welchman
Presented in partnership with IADT ARC, this is a valedictory lecture on the life and work of Mike Kelley; artist, noise musician, writer, actor, benefactor, teacher and Catholic misfit. Kelley’s work ‘Primal Architecture’ has lent its name to the group exhbtiion, and in this lecture Kelley’s powerful contribution to contemporary art will be examined by John C. Welchamn, including his influential body of critical and creative writings and his special brand of parodic humor and irony and aesthetics.  Read more>

6.00 – 8.30pm, Official opening of Duncan Campbell and Primal Architecture. If you’d like to attend the opening please join our mailing list here (make sure you tick ‘Invitations’).

The opening of Primal Architecture includes live performances:

Kevin Atherton, Timepiece (1974–2014)
6.00 – 7.00pm, IMMA Courtyard

Bedwyr Williams, 20º (2014)
7.15pm, IMMA, First Floor, Landing

The opening reception is followed by Primal Rising, a live music and DJ night which marks the start of IMMA’s winter opening weekend.

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Morn at Museum LoRes Trish Maggie 27.08.14 SAM_0087 (640x479)

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Mid-Term at IMMA :: Free workshops next week

Halloween is nearly here and IMMA has a host of workshops and activities for families and young people during the mid-term break. Following on from a successful first series during the summer holidays, the free family workshop Mornings at the Museum returns, from Tuesday 28th to Thursday 30th October and Explorer, IMMA’s on-going weekly family workshop, bookends the mid-term break on Sundays 26th October and 2nd November, 2pm – 4pm. For Young People we have a very hands-on, artist-led workshop with Felicity Clear connected to the IMMA Collection exhibition Conversations, and the fantastic Theatre Lovett, purveyors of fine theatre for children, women and men, return for their unique take on the IMMA Collection through Conversations, Exhortations, Exhaustions. See below for all the details and how to book. Continue reading

Valerio Adami, Beauty Parlor, 1970.

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Curators Blogs: Christina Kennedy on David Hendriks

Currently on view from the IMMA Collection is an exhibition of works that not only shows particular artists’ practice at a given time but also consciously draws attention to a key figure in the story of cultural production in Ireland, in this case David Hendriks and his renowned gallery.  First called the Ritchie Hendriks Gallery (as a tribute to his Hendriks’ grandmother) it was later renamed David Hendriks Gallery.

Originally from Jamaica, Hendriks came to Ireland via London to study economics at TCD.  Encouraged by friends including Cecil King and Patrick Hennessy he opened his gallery in 1956 first at 3, St Stephen’s Green and from the early 1960s at No. 119 which he ran until his death in 1983.  The early years of the Hendriks Gallery coincided with the extreme recession of the 1950s when there were very few opportunities for artists to have their work seen or less still bought.  Leo Smith was the only other gallerist who had recently opened the Dawson Gallery. Victor Waddington was in the process of moving his gallery to London. Along with some private income Hendriks set up a framing business to help subsidize the gallery’s activities.

From the beginning he showed a variety of artists as well as exhibitions of prints by Picasso and Matisse. His initial list of Irish artists included Patrick Collins, T.P.Flanagan, Patrick Pye, Cecil King, Arthur Armstrong, Colin Middleton,George Campbell and Barrie Cooke;   in the late 60’s he added Deborah Brown, Sonja Landweer and Frank Morris.  In 1963 he supported the Independent Artists Group with an exhibition New Works by Five Artists which showed Brian Bourke, Michael Kane, John Kelly, David O’Docherty and James McKenna.

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