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Artist’s Voice:: Alan Phelan on ‘Fragments’

As the IMMA Collection show ‘Fragments’ enters its final weeks, artist Alan Phelan reflects on his involvement in the layout of the exhibition. Continue reading


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Gerda Frömel: A Retrospective and Diogo Pimentão: Disequilibrium Displacement opening April 9

Gerda Fromel and Diogo Pimentao

You are invited to a reception to mark the exhibition openings on Thursday 09 April 2015 from 6-8pm.

Gerda Frömel: A Retrospective
10 April – 5 July 2015

This is the first retrospective of the sculptor Gerda Frömel since 1976. Born in the former Czechoslovakia in 1931, Gerda Frömel moved to Ireland in 1956 and built her career here. An incredibly well-regarded artist during her lifetime, Frömel’s work was neglected after her untimely death in 1975. This exhibition of sculpture, drawing and archive materials, seeks to reinstate Frömel as a Master of Irish Modernism. Read more on our website

This exhibition will travel to F.E. McWilliam Gallery and Studio, Co. Down in August 2015.

Diogo Pimentão: Disequilibrium Displacement
10 April – 5 July 2015

This is the first presentation in Ireland by Diogo Pimentão (born Portugal 1973). His drawings blur the lines between sculpture, installation and performance using the simple materials of graphite, paper and stones. Through fixing and folding paper he opens the horizon of the drawing and its conventions to other dimensions, other processes and other tools. Read more on our website

Talks and lectures:

Gerda Frömel

Preview Lecture: Seán Kissane
Gerda Frömel – Her life and works 1955–1975
Thursday 9 April 2015, 5.30–6.15pm, Johnston Suite
Exhibition Curator Seán Kissane (IMMA) presents a lecture on his research for the first contemporary retrospective exhibition of work by Gerda Frömel and addresses how this presentation attempts to reinstate Frömel as a Master of Irish Modernism. This is followed by the exhibition preview and a drinks reception. Book here

IMMA Modern Master Series: Symposium
Gerda Frömel – Reconstructing an Artist’s Career
Friday 17 April, 11.00am–3.00pm, Lecture Room
A range of scholars, writers and enthusiasts on Frömel’s work will assess key developments of the artist’s short yet significant career. Speakers will consider what Frömel’s story can teach us about the broader history, record and practice of sculpture in Ireland. Chaired by Paula Murphy (Senior Lecturer, School of Art History, UCD). Other participants to be announced. Book here

Diogo Pimentão

Artist’s Gallery Talk – Diogo Pimentão
Friday 10 April, 1.00–2.00pm, Garden Galleries, IMMA
Diogo Pimentão demonstrates how his artworks of paper and graphite push the conventions and possibilities of drawing and sculpture. Book here

Booking is essential for all talks, all of which are free. For a full programme please visit www.imma.ie

IMMA Exhibitions:

Please visit our website for details of the current exhibitions at IMMA, all of which are free of charge, and our upcoming exhbitions for 2015. www.imma.ie

Gerda Frömel, River, 1970; Carrara marble in three dry-fitted elements, 56 x 30 x 10 cm; Private Collection.
Diogo Pimentão, #7 Aligned Fold, 2014; Paper and graphite, 274.5 x 31.5cm; Courtesy the Artist.


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IMMA Announces 2015 Programme Highlights

Images: (1) Stan Douglas, Powell Street Grounds, 28 January 1912, 2008. Digital C-print mounted on Dibond aluminum. Courtesy the artist and David Zwirner, New York. (2) Karla Black, Practically in Shadow, 2013. Plaster powder, powder paint, florist foam, bath bombs, nail varnish, polythene, thread, cellophane, sellotape. Courtesy the artist.

Images: (1) Stan Douglas, Ballantyne Pier, 18 June 1935, 2008, Digital C-print mounted on Dibond aluminium, 45 x 116 inches, 114.3 x 294.6 cm, Edition of 5, Courtesy the artist and David Zwirner, New York (2) Karla Black, Practically in Shadow, 2013. Plaster powder, powder paint, florist foam, bath bombs, nail varnish, polythene, thread, cellophane, sellotape. Courtesy the artist.

IMMA, The Irish Museum of Modern Art, is pleased to announce highlights from our 2015 exhibition programme.

In announcing details of the programme today Sarah Glennie, Director of IMMA, commented: “We are delighted to present another dynamic programme for Ireland in 2015, where a key highlight is sure to be the autumn exhibition What We Call Love, co-curated by Rachel Thomas, Head of Exhibitions at IMMA and Christine Macel, Chief Curator at Centre Pompidou. It will include works from Cecily Brown, Miriam Cahn, Elmgreen and Dragset, Jim Hodges, Jeremy Shaw and Wolfgang Tillmans among others and we are delighted to be working with the Pompidou again after our successful collaboration in 2013 with the Eileen Grey exhibition.”

“Over the course of the year we will mount the first major Irish exhibitions from internationally renowned artists Stan Douglas and Karla Black, as well as an exhibition of the work of poet, artist and writer Etel Adnan; one of the leading voices in contemporary Arab American literature since the 1960s. As part of our commitment to supporting new artists we present Chloe Dewe Mathews, a remarkable new artistic voice working in the medium of photography and Diogo Pimentão in their first Irish exhibitions, as well as a number of new commissions forming part of What We Call Love.”

“I’m delighted to be presenting a major exhibition by Grace Weir, one of Ireland’s most distinctive and important contemporary artists, and continuing our scholarly appraisal of Modern Irish Art with our forthcoming retrospective of the work of Gerda Frömel (1931 – 1975). As in 2014 our exhibition programme will be accompanied by a rich and varied programme of events, talks, and learning programmes which will provide audiences of all ages exciting opportunities to enjoy the our programme.”

IMMA Collection
There are several exhibitions throughout the year that draw from the IMMA Collection. In the spring we present Fragments, with works from Aleanna Egan, Ronan McCrea, Alan Phelan, Camille Souter, GILBERT & GEORGE, Nigel Rolfe, Marina Abramovic, Brian O’Doherty and Kenneth Hall. This will be followed in November with artist Nick Miller’s response to the Edward McGuire studio, part of the IMMA Collection, in Meetings: Into the Studio of Edward McGuire. A concurrent exhibition, Approaches to Paper, will explore the practice of celebrated Irish Modernists such as Evie Hone and Mainie Jellett to contemporary artists such as Antony Gormley, Andrew Folan and Kiki Smith.

FESTIVAL

Our new festival Summer Rising, which was such a success last year, will return in June with more art, music, performance and food events designed to open up the beautiful buildings and grounds of IMMA, day and night.

IMMA Exhibition Highlights 2015

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