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Artist Conversation / Brian Maguire & Sarah Glennie

Thurs 25 Jan 2018 / 6pm / The chapel, IMMA
Artist Brian Maguire discusses his current IMMA exhibition War Changes Its Address: The Aleppo Paintings with Sarah Glennie, Director, NCAD. This talk explores Maguire’s research and recent visits to Syria, as it relates to his ongoing interests in social and political situations and approaches painting as a gesture of solidarity.

Tickets are free but limited.  The talk will be followed by the exhibition opening and drinks reception. sponsored by O'Hara's Irish Craft Beer and Cider.

The exhibition will be open to talk attendees only from 5.30pm. Please bring your booking confirmation to secure entry.

IMMA Associated Talks and Events

Thursday 1 March 2018, 6.30pm / Lecture Room
Seminar / Civil War – Historical & Contemporary Perspectives             Speakers include Giath Taha (Photojournalist, Syria); Paddy Woodworth (Author, Journalist, Irish Times); Colm Laighneach (Member of Hidden Voices, an international conflict resolution body based in Ireland) and others.

Friday 16 March 2018, 1.15pm
Meeting Point - IMMA Main Reception
Curator’s Lunchtime Talk Series
Benjamin Stafford, Exhibitions, IMMA presents a gallery walkthrough of the exhibition Brian Maguire, War Changes Its Address: The Aleppo Paintings.

Wednesday 18 April 2018, 1.15pm / East One Galleries
Invited Curator’s Response – Michael Dempsey
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 new painting series, War Changes Its Address: The Aleppo Paintings.

Friday 27 April 2018, 2.30pm, Johnston Suite
Seminar / Bearing Witness
Creative & Critical Practice on the Frontline
Speakers include Brian Maguire (Artist); Lara Marlowe (Author, France Correspondent and Journalist, Irish Times); Elisa Perrigueur (Filmmaker, Activist, Paris), Ed Vulliamy (Writer, The Guardian and The Observer, UK) and Razan Ibraheem (Journalist, Syria / Ireland).


About the Exhibition

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. 

Brian 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.

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.

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