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Exhibitions at IMMA this summer

The Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA) is Ireland’s leading national institution for the collection and presentation of modern and contemporary art and we are thrilled to have worked with them as our creative hospitality partner for over 2 years!

If you are looking for something cultural and fun to do in Dublin this summer then head along to IMMA for a dynamic and exciting programme of exhibitions from Irish and International Artists. The Museum is housed in the 17th century Royal Hospital building in Kilmainham, Dublin, whose beautiful grounds include a formal garden, meadow and medieval burial grounds.

We’ve picked two of our favourite exhibitions and recommend that you can check out before they’re gone!

Frank Bowling, Mappa Mundi

24 March – 8 July 2018

Main Galleries, West Wing

Mappa Mundi is a comprehensive overview of the work of seminal British artist Frank Bowling (b. British Guiana, 1934).

Over a long and varied career, the evolution of Bowling’s work can be seen as a reflection of a major evolution in painting throughout the latter half of the 20th century. Coming out of the fertile grounds of the Royal College of Art in the mid 1960s Bowling, along with contemporaries like David Hockney and Ron Kitaj, exhibited widely in London and the UK, garnering acclaim for ambitious early works such as The Execution of Mary Queen of Scots, and Big Bird. Though previously not as widely celebrated as some of those friends and contemporaries, Bowling is now considered an essential figure in the discourse around art, identity and post-colonialism.

Named for one of Bowling’s celebrated ‘map’ paintings, Mappa Mundi highlights exceptional works from throughout Bowling’s career from the 1960s onwards. Through his ‘map’ paintings Bowling addresses issues of history and migration, both his own as a Commonwealth immigrant to the UK and latterly the United States, and broader mass movements of people, from colonial slaves through the ‘Middle Passage’ from Africa to South America, to socio-economic motivated migration. Bowling’s work on geographic and human movement has special relevance in a time where discussion of national borders and immigration has never been more urgent.

This exhibition at IMMA showcases Bowling’s work from throughout his career, covering the major developments within his practice. Also included is selected material from the Frank Bowling archive, and several films featuring footage and interviews with the artist, including a specially created documentary featuring Frank Bowling in conversation about Ireland and Dublin and their influence on his work with Rachael Thomas, Head of Exhibitions, IMMA.

Lucian’s Neighbours – The Freud Project Residency Programme

24 June – 19 August 2018

The Project Spaces

This exhibition presents a new series of works and research developed in response to the IMMA Collection: Freud Project, 2016 – 2021 – a five-year project developed around the loan of 52 works by artist Lucian Freud. In 2017 Laura Fitzgerald, Richard John Jones, Bridget O’Gorman & Sue Rainsford were selected from the IMMA Residency Programme Open Call to live and work onsite responding to Freud at IMMA. Like any symbiotic relationship the resulting artworks produced by this creative community are complex, encompassing multiple viewpoints and modes of expression, living with, influenced by and occasionally opposed to their famous neighbour.

By presenting the contemporary voices of these responding residents Lucian’s Neighbours probes the relevance of Freud to current social and cultural discussions, and in so doing captures what can be revealed through the practice of one artist observing another.