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Talk & Opening / Frank Bowling, Mappa Mundi

Saturday 24 March  2018 / 1.45 - 2.15pm / Lecture Room

Anna Schneider, Exhibitions, Haus der Kunst, Munich introduces the work of Guyanese-born British painter Frank Bowling, in the context of a major touring retrospective Frank Bowling: Mappa Mundi that opens at IMMA. This exhibition presents one of the most comprehensive - yet rarely exhibited selection of large-scale paintings by this seminal artist, and is Bowling’s first major exhibition to be presented in Ireland.

Introduced by Racheal Thomas, Head of Exhibitions IMMA - this talk is followed by the exhibition opening with a drinks reception, music and opening speeches by renowned international artist – Isaac Julian and others.


Frank Bowling: Mappa Mundi  / 24 March – 8 July 2018
IMMA Main Galleries, West Wing

Showcasing Bowling’s work from the 1960s onwards and covering major developments within his practice, this vital exhibition also includes material from the Frank Bowling archive, and several films featuring footage and interviews with the artist.

The exhibition is organised by Haus der Kunst, Munich in association with IMMA and Sharjah Art Foundation. Prior to the opening at IMMA, Frank Bowling: Mappa Mundi was curated by Okwui Enwezor, with Anna Schneider at the Haus der Kunst, Munich from June 23, 2017– January 7, 2018.                                               

About the Artist

In his exceptional career, which now spans six decades, Frank Bowling (*1934) has created some of the most ambitious and remarkable paintings of the British postwar period. Decisive for Bowling's artistic maturity, however, was his move in 1966 from London to New York, where he encountered diverse and ambitious abstract painting. In the mid-1960s, when the language of abstraction seemed to have lost its hold in post-war painting, Bowling began to experiment with idioms of the abstract picturesque. With rich patches of paint, viscous drips, modulated washes, coagulated pourings, hurtling streaks, stamped stencils, and printed silkscreens, he devoted himself to a painting of mediated opulence, tranquil contemplation, and of great power and aesthetic clarity.

Frank Bowling (b. British Guiana, 1934), lives and works in London and New York. Upon graduating from the Royal  College of Art, London, 1962 he was awarded the silver medal for painting. Bowling has exhibited widely and consistently over the last 60 years. Selected solo shows include Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (1971); Serpentine Gallery, London (1986); a UK touring retrospective (2003); Royal Academy of Arts, London (2011); Spritmuseum, Stockholm (2014-15); Dallas Museum of Art (2015). Selected awards included multiple Guggenheim Fellowships and Pollock-Krasner awards. Bowling is a Royal Academician and an Officer of the British Empire. He is represented by Hales Gallery, London and New York.


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