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Jac Leirner, Institutional Ghost

14 February - 05 June 2017 
Courtyard Galleries, East Ground 


Jac Leirner, Skin (Rizla Liquorice), 2013. Cigarette rolling papers (684 units). Image courtesy of the artist and White Cube Gallery, London.

Considered one of Brazil’s most important contemporary artists, this solo exhibition from Jac Leirner comprises of exciting recent and new work made in response to the architecture of IMMA. Leirner works across disciplines including sculpture, painting, installation and works on paper. 

Since the mid-1980s, Leirner has collected the temporary and incidental products of everyday life, tapping into what she has described as the ‘infinity of materials’. Stickers, rulers, plastic bags, business cards, cigarette ends and even bank notes make their appearance in her work, removed but not entirely dislocated from their original function. By repurposing these everyday materials into visually compelling sculptures and installations, Leirner creates new and unexpected associations that provide a sharp statement on the unfolding of art in recent decades.

Associated Events

Curator's Lunchtime Talk - Drop-in
Wednesday 15 March, 1.15pm - 2pm
Meeting Point/Main Reception, Free
Join Karen Sweeney, Exhibitions Curator at IMMA, for an insightful walkthrough of this exhibition.
Artists Talk: Jac Leirner - Institutional Ghost
Tuesday 14 February, 11.30am / East Ground Galleries
Jac Leirner introduces her exhibition Institutional Ghosts. Described as a self-made Situationist, Leirner discusses her meticulous and patient process of constructing artworks out of commonplace objects, expanding methods of Brazilian Constructivism, Arte Povera, and Minimalism. Listen back to this talk.

Exhibition Resources

Read the exhibition guide.

Listen to a review of the exhibition by Declan Long on Arena, RTE Radio 1.

Media Release

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Irish Museum of Modern Art, Royal Hospital, Kilmainham, Dublin 8, D08 FW31, Ireland
Tel: +353-1-6129900, Email:
info@imma.ie