Willie Doherty is one of Ireland's foremost visual artists, having frequently been nominated for the Turner Prize and exhibited internationally, so it is fitting that IMMA has decided to exhibit their recent acquisition of his short film, Remains.
This evocative, deeply unsettling piece explores the dark side of Doherty's native Derry, specifically focusing on the brutality of punishment shootings and the organised crime of dissident republican group Republican Action Against Drugs.
Doherty uses the work to discuss generational conflict and the cycle of violence in Northern Ireland, doing so with his trademark insight and realism.
Taking place from the 5th February until 4th April, this piece is a rare and unique experience all in itself. Moving and emotive, culture and history-lovers alike will find it a rewarding watch.
Museum of Modern Art
Military Lane, Kilmainham, Dublin 8, Dublin
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The Irish Museum of Modern Art is housed in the Royal Hospital Kilmainham which was founded in 1684. If you are thinking of taking a trip to an exhibition its worth building in a bit of time so that you can explore the grounds and the park adjacent to the Royal Hospital.
The Museum was established in 19901 and opened in 1991. The museum has 4500 pieces in its collection and 1500 in the permanent collection. The policy is to concentrate on the living artist and it rotates is vast collection through exhibitions of particular artists, particular themes and single pierces.
Having said that, in 1988 they were donated 1200 old master prints and they include works by Dürer, Rembrandt, Hogarth, Goya to name drop a few. Hogarth is particularly strong in this collection and includes some of his more celebrated satirical prints such as a ‘A Rakes Progress’ and ‘A Harlot’s Progress’.