The Museum's temporary exhibition programme regularly juxtaposes the work of leading, well-established figures with that of younger-generation artists to create a debate about the nature and function of art. In the past years this includes exhibitions by such prominent artists as Elizabeth Peyton, Alexander Calder, James Coleman, Hughie O’Donoghue, Terry Winters, Alan Phelan, Lynda Benglis and Philippe Parreno, from the United States, Ireland and France. Works being shown range from painting and sculpture to installation, photography, video and performance.
These exhibitions usually last three to four months and up to four shows can be on view at any one time. IMMA originates many of its exhibitions but also works closely with a network of international galleries and museums. The Museum also displays its Collection in rotating temporary exhibitions as well as projects and exhibitions based on the work of its Education and Community Departments.
Garrett Phelan - Trusted Servant, 2007 As part of the group exhibition, .all hawaii eNtrées / luNar reGGae, Irish artist Garrett Phelan was invited by the curators to officially close the exhibition with his project Trusted Servant, 2007. The exhibition .all hawaii eNtrées / luNar reGGae, was curated by French artist Philippe Parreno and Rachael Thomas, Head of Exhibitions at IMMA. It was shown at IMMA from 29 November 2006 to 18 February 2007. Parreno’s approach seeks to reach beyond the physical space of the Museum, as a part of this process on the closing date of the exhibition Phelan uploaded the video performance work Trusted Servant onto YouTube which can be viewed here Trusted Servant
The removal of Trusted Servantfrom YouTube, at Phelan’s conceptual discretion, will mark the official end of the exhibition.
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