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IMMA is delighted to present Sunset, Sunrise, a retrospective exhibition of works by Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian. With a career spanning more than six decades, Farmanfarmaian is one of the most prominent contemporary Iranian artists working today. “The Irish and the Iranians share a love of poetry in their cultures. My poetry is in my art, and I am honoured to share it in this IMMA exhibition” Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian Farmanfarmaian was born in Qazvin, Iran in 1924. Between 1945 and 1957, she spent her formative years amidst the New York art scene, a time marked by friendships with fellow artists such as Frank Stella and Andy Warhol, before returning to Iran. Exiled following the Iranian Revolution of 1979, Farmanfarmaian returned once again to her native Iran and has been firmly re-established there since 2004. Farmanfarmaian is considered to be one of the most important Iranian artists working today. Sunset, Sunrise reflects a life lived between two cultures, across histories of East and West. It investigates the abundance and mystery of nature, the universe and our place within it. More than seventy artworks are on display ranging from painting, sculpture, jewellery and tapestry to collages and works on paper. There are […]

In 1636 the artist Frans Post (1612–80) travelled to Brazil under the patronage of Governor Johan Maurits of Nassau. At this time, a large area of north-eastern Brazil was a Dutch colony. Post spent seven years drawing the exotic flora and fauna of Brazil. The country continued to inspire him when he returned to the Netherlands in 1644. Recently discovered at the Noord-Hollands Archief in Haarlem, 34 coloured drawings of exotic animals will be complemented by the National Gallery of Ireland’s magnificent, Brazilian Landscape with a Sugar Mill by Post, which depicts a Dutch sugar plantation with alligators, armadillos, anteaters and a monkey in the foreground. Other key works will be shown, including Post’s View of Olinda, Brazil (Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam), and Sugar Mill (Atlas Van Stolk, Rotterdam). The exhibition will provide a rare opportunity to view a remarkable group of drawings by a Dutch seventeenth-century artist together with some of his important painted Brazilian views.

Furtive Tears is a project by Niamh McCann that explores the dynamic relationship between the audience, object and mode of display. In her new installation at the Hugh Lane, McCann brings together the protagonists Edward Carson (politician) and Hans Poelzig (architect and set designer) and the vestiges of their mythologies to portray the internal language of gesture, meaning, inference and allegiance. It is an exploration of the importance of a viewer’s perspective when confronted with the act of looking and the reading of objects within the context of a constructed landscape. Weaving fact, fiction and history, the installation reveals how we look and how we are looked upon. The work addresses how the mind navigates the perpetual process of coding and decoding our own behaviours when negotiating the positions we take up in society. Niamh McCann is an Irish artist living and working in Dublin. Recent solo exhibitions include La Perruque (Protest Song) at MAC Belfast and Just Left of Copernicus in Visual Carlow. Group exhibitions include: Future Perfect, Rubicon-Projects Brussels; Changing States: Contemporary Art and Francis Bacon’s Studio, BOZAR, Belgium; Time Out of Mind: Works from the IMMA Collection, Irish Museum of Modern Art; In Other Words, Lewis Glucksman […]

IMMA Collection: Freud Project is a major five-year initiative for IMMA, where fifty-two works by painter Lucian Freud (1922-2011) have been lent to the museum’s Collection by private lenders. During this unique project, IMMA will present a series of Freud-related exhibitions each year. The third exhibition in the series, Gaze, continues to actively explore Freud’s practice by positioning other works from the IMMA Collection alongside selected works by Freud. As the title suggests, the exhibition is concerned with a human gaze; of the artist, the sitter or the viewer of the work. Gaze particularly asks us to examine relationships between the artist and the sitter, and also focuses on the representation of the nude and the oftentimes visceral portrayal of the body in art, particularly in Freud’s work. Unfolding over a series of three floors in the dedicated Freud Centre, the exhibition encourages the visitor to journey from room to room, allowing space for reflection, but always considering who is gazing at whom. At times you are sharing the viewpoint of the sitter, at times the artist, but you are always involved in a constant exchange between all three perspectives in the room; the viewer, artist and sitter Showing alongside […]

Mary Swanzy (1882-1978) is a unique Irish artist. Her level of achievement, world travel and original thinking is unmatched in Irish art, yet this is the first retrospective of her work in 50 years. Born in the late Victorian era, by her early twenties Swanzy had mastered the academic style of painting. She witnessed the birth of Modern art in Paris before the First World War and her work rapidly evolved through the different styles of the day, each of them interpreted and transformed by her in a highly personal way. In 1920, against the background of violence of the Irish War of Independence, she left Ireland in a form of self-imposed exile. Traveling first through Eastern Europe and the Balkans, she then sailed to Hawaii and Samoa from 1923 to 24 – literally crossing the globe. While there she produced a body of work that is unique in an Irish context with images that show her proto-feminism and critique of the colonial system. Best known for her Cubist and Futurist paintings, after 1914 she exhibited regularly at the Paris Salon des Indépendants and the Beaux Arts, alongside artists who are now household names. By 1946 she was included in […]

Health Inside is a new public art intervention about the Irish prison system and prisoners’ health in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Across eight bus shelters and two billboards in Dublin 7, the artwork reflects on prison conditions, the mental health of men and women in prison and the social problems that imprisonment can cause. A collaborative public art intervention by visual artist Sinead McCann with UCD historians Catherine Cox and Oisín Wall. Dates: 10-22 November 2018 Location: Find a map for the location of the
bus shelters and billboards in Dublin 7 here Image credit: Health Inside a public art intervention by visual artist Sinead McCann in collaboration with UCD historians Catherine Cox and Oisín Wall. 2018. Courtesy of the Artist. Photograph of a convict in Mountjoy prison 1857. Courtesy of the Thomas A.Larcom Photographs Collection, New York.

Deeds not Words? Assessing a Century of Change 03/11/2018 – 03/11/2018 9am-4.30pm This conference brings together a of academics, historians and writers to explore changes and advancements in Irish society, particularly for women over the last 100 years since 1918. This was a year that saw significant social change in Ireland, including the end of World War I, the passing of the Representation of People Act and the 1918 elections. The conference poses the question, what has changed for society, since 1918, for better and for worse? Booking required. Tickets 20 euro or 15 euro at Eventbrite – http://bit.ly/DeedsnotWordsNMI. Conference. Adults. International Uileann Piping 04/11/2018 – 04/11/2018 3pm & 4pm Join Na Píobairí Uilleann at Collins Barracks in a special event to mark International Uilleann Piping day. Live performances at 3pm and 4pm. Drop-in, no booking required. Performance. All Ages. Admission Free. Public Tour: Recovered Voices – Ireland and World War I 11/11/2018 – 11/11/2018 3.30pm-4.15pm On the 100th anniversary of the end of WW1, join us for a tour of the exhibition Recovered Voices which explores the experience of Irish men and women during World War I. Admission free, places allocated on a first-come basis 15 minutes before tour starts. Tour. All Ages. Hands […]

Them Bones, them bones need… archaeologists! 03/11/2018 – 03/11/2018 11am-1.00pm Take part in our special animal bone workshop with Animal Osteologist, Dr Ruth Carden. Drop into the Kildare Room to see some animal bones excavated from Viking Dublin. Take a look at animal bones and teeth through our microscope to see them up close and discover how archaeologists look at markings on bones to tell us how people in the past interacted with animals. Then, have a go at being an animal osteologist and see if you can figure out what happened to our animal bones. No Booking Required. Located in the Kildare Room, Ground Floor. Wheelchair accessible. Drop-in Activity. Families with children 8+. Free Admission. First Port of Call – National Museum finds from Dublin Port, from Sea to River 07/11/2018 – 07/11/2018 11am-4pm This is the first and introductory lecture in a series of three that will tell the fascinating stories of archaeological discovery at Dublin Port, the River Liffey and the Irish Sea. Nessa O’Connor, an archaeologist and curator at the National Museum of Ireland will give this first lecture with a focus on the Museum’s involvement over many years with the archaeology of Irish ports. She […]