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Drawings and Works on Paper from the IMMA Collection

Drawings and Works on Paper from the IMMA Collection provides an opportunity to show some of the Museum’s extensive collection of prints and drawings by contemporary artists and brings together recent acquisitions with more familiar material.  New acquisitions such as Dorothy by Sean Scully, Self-portrait in Blue, Green and Red by Brian Bourke, Tokyo Notes by Terry Winters and eight new drawings by David Godbold are shown alongside more familiar works by Henri Matisse, Tom Molloy, Alice Maher, Hughie O’Donoghue and Rachel Whiteread. The exhibition offers proof of the ongoing importance of drawings to contemporary art practice, whether this takes a traditional form or breaks newer ground with computerised approaches or with new media. It takes issue with the commonly held view of drawings as mere preparatory work for something else, as a stage along the way to an artwork rather than as a final statement.   It also reveals the ceaseless experimentation in terms of content and practice that artists continue to display. 

Hughie O’Donoghue, Oxygen, 1996, charcoal, dry pigment on cotton duck, 267 x 236 cm, Collection Irish Museum of Modern ArtDavid Godbold, Increase the Peace, 2004, ink and computer print out on tracing paper over found paper, 17 x 22 cm, Collection Irish Museum of Modern ArtTom Molloy, Oak, (detail), 1998-99, pencil on paper, 25 x 32 cm, Collection Irish Museum of Modern Art. Purchase, 1999.


An exhibition guide will accompany the exhibition. 

Please download the following links for the introduction text and the list of works from the exhibition :

>arrow linkDrawings and Works on Paper from the IMMA Collection by Catherine Marshall (Adobe Acrobat PDF file - 18.5KB)

>arrow link Drawings and Works on Paper from the IMMA Collection: List of Works (Word doc 2000 - 14.8KB)

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