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
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.