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The Moderns

20 October 2010 to 13 February 2011

Mainie Jellett, Modonna and Child, undated. Oil on Canvas. 61 x 46 cm. Private Collection

Samuel Beckett, Film, 1965, Still Image, © Barney Rossett, Courtesy of Barney Rossett and the artistís Estate

The most extensive exhibition to date from the Museum's own collection, The Moderns , will explore the development of modernity in Ireland through the visual arts in the period 1900 to 1975.† Focusing on the innovative and the experimental, it will examine this subject through a broad, interdisciplinary approach.

The exhibition will bring together exceptional examples of painting and sculpture, photography and film, architecture, literature, music and design of the period.† Curated mainly from IMMA's Collection, it will also include superb loans from the public and private collections in Ireland and beyond.

The Moderns will explore many of the key artistic movements of the period, including the paintings of Mainie Jellett, Evie Hone and other supporters of European Modernism in the context of the iconic achievements in design and literature of Eileen Gray and James Joyce.† It will reflect the works and influence of John Millington Synge, Paul Henry and the Yeats family and external forces as seen in the work of Klee and Picasso.† The impact of the ground-breaking ROSC exhibitions in the 1960s and '70s, and of Minimal and Conceptual Art, in the works of Brian O'Doherty, Barry Flanagan and Michael Craig-Martin, will also be examined.

Eileen Gray, Transat Chair, 1925-1930, Red Leather Upholstered Chair. Leather, Wood, Chrome. 90x80x57cm. Architectural Cabinet, c. 1926, Cabinet with pivoting draws. Wood. 185x48x122cm. Both Collection J and M Donnelly. Photography, Prudence Cuming Associates Ltd. Images reproduced with the kind permission of the National Museum of Ireland.

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A virtual tour of The Moderns is available please click arrow" hspace="0" src="/en/siteimages/arrow2.gif" align="baseline" border="0" /> (External) here to view

To view The Moderns Virtual Museum please click arrow link" hspace="0" src="/en/siteimages/arrow2.gif" align="bottom" border="0" /> (External) here

arrow" hspace="0" src="/en/siteimages/arrow2.gif" align="baseline" border="0" /> The Moderns Exhibition Guide †(pdf 276KB)

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*The above Samuel Beckett still is available in movie format at† (External)

They sell Beckett's FILM, WAITING FOR GODOT and his 5 Radio Plays.

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