ROSC 50 - 1967 / 2017
For many visitors, Rosc was the first time they would have been introduced to work by international artists such as Pablo Picasso, Roy Lichtenstein, Mark Rothko, Cy Twombly, Agnes Martin, Laurie Anderson among others. Indeed, from 1967 the Department of Education enabled all schools to take a day out of school to visit the Rosc exhibitions, a visionary policy which had a significant impact on future generations of artists and arts audiences.
There were several landmark moments across the exhibitions including the first performance of Rest Energy by Marina Abramovic and Ulay in Rosc ’80, which involved Ulay holding a steel arrow pointed directly at Abramovic’s heart for four minutes.
But there were also many controversies associated with Rosc during its 21 years, such as the movement of ancient monuments for the 1967 Rosc, the exclusion of Irish artists from the first two Rosc exhibitions and the ongoing debate about the representation of Irish art and artists in Rosc, not to mention the under representation of female artists.
Call for Public Reflection and Response
Where you there? Visitors are also encouraged to share their experiences and memories of Rosc both in person and online throughout 2017.
ROSC 50 - 1967 / 2017 Exhibition
5 May - 30 July 2017
ROSC 50 is presented in collaboration with NIVAL (the National Irish Visual Art Library) and the opening display at IMMA provides an intriguing, detailed, and contextualised look at these controversial and pivotal Exhibitions. Visitors can engage with the history of Rosc through a rich presentation of archive materials including catalogues, photographs, news footage, and exhibition reviews and reports, alongside first-person accounts. Visitors are encouraged to consider Rosc’s intentions, impact and legacy.
IMMA/NIVAL : ROSC 50 - 1967 / 2017 Opening Talk / 05 May 2017 - 1pm
IMMA/NIVAL ROSC 50 - 1967 / 2017: Lunchtime Talk / 17 May 2017 - 1:15pm
IMMA/NIVAL : ROSC 50 - 1967 / 2017 Artists' Discussion / 31 May 2017 - 6:30pm
IMMA/NIVAL ROSC 50 / 1967-2017: Closing Discussion / 28 June 2017 - 3:00pm
ROSC 50 - 1967 / 2017 Exhibition Press Release
Download a PDF of the Timeline created for this exhibition.
ROSC 50 Artist Commissions Press Release
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