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Brian Maguire, War Changes Its Address: The Aleppo Paintings

26 January - 07 May 2018 Courtyard Galleries, East Ground  
Brian Maguire / Aleppo 4 / 2017 / Acrylic on linen / 200x400cm / Photo: Guy Hassert / Courtesy of the artist and Fergus McCaffrey Gallery    This new exhibition brings together Brian Maguire’s latest body of work, resulting from a visit to Syria in 2017. It is shown in the context of earlier work made in response to the refugee crises hitting Europe’s shores as a result of the Syrian conflict. The Aleppo Paintings document the ruined buildings of the city, offering a visceral and stark insight into the physical consequences of war and the international arms trade that fuels all conflict. As with all his work, Maguire’s work is informed by first-hand experience of the city of Aleppo and its people and is fuelled by a desire to see beyond the news coverage to gain a personal insight into the reality of the situation.  Maguire’s paintings bear stark testament to the human suffering implicit in his depiction of the building fragments left after the bombardment, underlining the need for justice. 

Since the very beginning of his career in the 1970s Maguire’s work emerges from social and political situations and a deep engagement with a particular place or group of people. He approaches painting as a gesture of solidarity and has undertaken projects in prisons, women’s shelters and psychiatric institutions.
This exhbition is presented as part of an on-going initiative, (External) New Art at IMMA , proudly supported by Matheson, which allows IMMA to continue to support artists’ vital work in a strand of programming that recognises and nurtures new and emerging talents, new thinking and new forms of exhibition-making.

About the Artist

Maguire has shown extensively in Europe and the US, also participating in shows in Korea, China and Japan. Recent solo exhibitions include Over Our Heads the Hollow Seas Closed Up , Kerlin Gallery, Dublin (2016), J’accuse , The Void, Derry (2015–2016); Fergus McCaffrey, New York (2015); X Espacio de Arte , Mexico City (2013); European Parliament, Brussels (2012) and Cultuurcentrum de Werft, Geel, Belgium (2012). In 2000, a major retrospective toured from Dublin City Gallery, The Hugh Lane to Crawford Art Gallery, Cork and the Contemporary Art Museum, Houston.
Group exhibitions and biennales include IMMA - Irish Museum of Modern Art; WIELS, Brussels; VISUAL, Carlow; Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane; RAM Foundation, Rotterdam; National Gallery of Contemporary Art, Korea; Hokkaido Museum of Modern Art, Japan; Dublin Contemporary (2011); the Beijing Biennale (2008) and the 24th Sâo Paolo Bienal (1998).
Maguire’s work is held in numerous public and private collections including the Museum of Fine Art Houston, USA; IMMA; Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane; Trinity College Dublin; Alvar Aalto Museum, Finland; Gemeentemuseum, Den Hague, Netherlands; Wolverhampton Art Gallery, UK; and Crawford Art Gallery, Cork.

Associated Events

  Artist Conversation / Brian Maguire & Sarah Glennie
Thurs 25 Jan 2018 / 6pm / Johnston Room
Artist Brian Maguire discusses his current IMMA exhibition with Sarah Glennie, Director, NCAD. This talk explores Maguire’s research and recent visits to Syria, as it relates to the artist's ongoing interests in social and political situations and approaches painting as a gesture of solidarity. This talk will be followed by the exhibition opening.
Thursday 1 March 2018, 6.30pm, Lecture Room, FREE
Seminar / Civil War – Historical & Contemporary Perspectives
Exploring the continuum of war and the complexities of civil conflict from past to present, shared and diverging histories will be examined by Giath Taha (Documentary Photographer, Syria); Paddy Woodworth (Author, Journalist, Irish Times); Colm Laighneach (Member of Hidden Voices, an international conflict resolution body based in Ireland). Chaired by Susan McKay ( Author and Journalist). Book Now  

Friday 16 March 2018, 1.15pm, Meeting Point - IMMA Main Reception, FREE
Curators Lunchtime Talk Series, Drop-in, No booking required
Ben Stafford, Exhibitions, IMMA presents a gallery walk through of the exhibition War Changes its Address: The Aleppo Paintings.

Wednesday 18 April 2018 / 1.15pm / East Ground Galleries
Curators Response Michael Dempsey / The Aleppo Paintings
Michael Dempsey, Head of Exhibitions, Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane, explores the theme of war and the language of painting in response to Maguire’s visceral painting series, War Changes Its Address: The Aleppo Paintings . In the image saturated world of the internet, this talk considers the subjective effects of painting on the viewer, to connect with human consequences of war and conflict. This talk takes the form of a gallery walk through, places are limited .

Friday 27 April 2018, 2.30pm, Johnston Suite, FREE
Seminar Series Part II / Bearing Witness – Creative & Critical Practice on the Frontline
Exploring the continuum of war and the complexities of civil conflict; part two of this Seminar series draws on the personal and the political, to consider what creative practices can bring to global discourse, in framing war contexts that goes behind the headlines. Considering the political, social and cultural aftermaths of recent global wars, and Europe’s refugee crisis – this discussion considers the power and agency of witness, observation and reportage from the front line. Speakers include Brian Maguire (Artist); Elisa Perrigueur (Film maker and Activist, Paris), Ed Vulliamy (Writer, The Guardian and The Observer, UK) and Razan Ibraheem (Journalist, Syria / Ireland). Chaired by Lara Marlowe (Author, France Correspondent and Journalist, Irish Times).  Book Now

Visit the IMMA Talks section of our website for a detailed public programme of talks, seminars, curatorial responses and (External) blogs that offer a cross discipline of perspectives in association with the exhibition.

Exclusive Print in aid of the Mary Raftery Fund

  Brian Maguire will donate the proceeds of a unique print based on a work from War Changes Its Address: The Aleppo Paintings to support the activities of the Mary Raftery Journalism Fund (MRJF).
The MRJF was established to continue the work of the campaigning writer and television producer after whom it is named, by supporting investigative journalism that gives voice to the powerless and challenges the powerful, as she did throughout her career. Brian Maguire’s work as an artist has similarly combined empathy with individual human suffering and an intense awareness of political and social justice.
To find out more about the fund or to purchase this particular print, which is limited to an edition of 60 and the only print made from this group of paintings - please visit the (External) Mary Raftery Fund website.

Exhibition Resources

Read the Media Release   Download the Exhibition Guide   Read and watch an interview with Brian Maguire on entitled The Aleppo Paintings: Bringing a warzone's story to life (External) here .   Read Brian Maguire: War Changes Its Address: The Aleppo Paintings on (External) here [paywall].   Read Aidan Dunne's review of this exhibition in The Irish Times (External) here.   Read Alan O'Riordan's review of this exhibition in The Irish Examiner (External) here.   Listen to Sean Rocks' interview with Brian Maguire from Arena With Seán Rocks on RTÉ Radio 1 (External) here.

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