IMMA Collection: Freud Project, 2016 – 2021
During this unique five-year project IMMA will present a series of different and exclusive Lucian Freud related exhibitions, with a new programme of events and openings each year. All 50 works were on display across this first year. Subsequent exhibitions will include works and new commissions by other modern and contemporary artists in response to Freud, and will reveal exciting new perspectives on this major artist today.
List of exclusive Lucian Freud related exhibitions are:
IMMA Collection: Freud Project
IMMA Collection: Freud Project, The Ethics of Scrutiny, curated by Daphne Wright
Life above Everything - Lucian Freud and Jack B. Yeats
About Lucian Freud
Lucian Freud was born in Berlin to Ernst, the architect son of psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud and his wife Lucie Brasch. In 1933, age ten, Freud fled with his family to England, ahead of the rise of Nazism. The family settled in London where Freud lived for the rest of his life.
Freud studied at the Central School of Arts and Crafts, London and Cedric Morris’s East Anglian School of Painting and Drawing in Dedham. His first solo exhibition, at the Lefevre Gallery received critical acclaim in 1944, followed by a number of hallucinatory, finely-painted portraits that marked him as an artist to watch. Freud’s adherence to realism and focus on the human figure, when abstraction and other progressive forms of practice were more prolific, moved him in and out of the spotlight until the 1980’s when renewed international interest in painting and figuration gave his work a new significance. Since then Freud has become one of the best-known and most highly-regarded British artists of the 20th century. He was awarded the Companion of Honour and the Order of Merit. Major retrospectives of his work were held in Tate Britain, 2002, IMMA 2007, MOMA, 2008 and the National Portrait Gallery, London in 2012.
Freud visited Dublin and Connemara in Ireland in the late 1940s,partly on a pilgrimage to Jack B.Yeats whom he considered the greatest living painter and later when married to Caroline Blackwood of the Guinness family. From the 1950s he connected with Irish artists such as Patrick Swift whose Dublin studio he used and Edward McGuire whose tutor he was at the Slade Art School, as well as the literary circle of Patrick Kavanagh, John Montague, Brendan Behan, Anthony Cronin and their Soho milieu. An in depth account of Freud and Ireland will be explored through the Freud Project, including his close links with the other great figurative painter of the 20th century, Irish-born and London-based, Francis Bacon – his friend, mentor and great rival of thirty years and whose studio you can visit in Dublin City Gallery the Hugh Lane.
A series of Freud Project related talks and events will take place throughout the project. Please check each exhibition page or the Talks & Events section on the website for most up to date listings.
- IMMA Collection Freud Project: In Conversation/ Sarah Howgate & David Dawson
Lucian Freud Lecture Series
IMMA Residency: Freud Project
A key element of the Freud Project is an engagement with contemporary artists and art practitioners in response to Freud, revealing exciting new perspectives on this major artist today. In March 2017 IMMA invited interested candidates to propose contexts and research within their own practice which would explore, contest, expand, complement or radicalise the resonance and impact of the work on show in the Freud Centre. Through this opportunity IMMA wishes to support the development of studio practice and artistic production to open new possibilities around the work, and to explore with residents new ways of working with IMMA’s many audiences.
Freud Research Fellowship
Dr Nathan O'Donnell is the Irish Research Council Enterprise Postdoctoral Fellow, Freud Project - a two-year programme of research in relation to the IMMA Collection: Freud Project that will explore Lucian Freud’s relationship to Ireland, examining his relationships with Irish artists and writers, the time he spent in Ireland in the 1940s and 50s, and his later interactions with Irish emigrants in London. This fellowship will include a number of public interactions, in the form of symposia, reading groups, talks, and a conference on Freud’s work in late 2019. The research will be published in various formats across the two-year period, and will feed into the broader curatorial programme of the IMMA Collection: Freud Project.
The Freud Research Fellowship is mentored at IMMA by Christina Kennedy, Senior Curator: Head of Collections.
Supported by the Irish Research Council, through the Enterprise Partner Scheme (EPS) awards programme. The fellowship is based between IMMA and the Department of the History of Art and Architecture at Trinity College Dublin.
Click here for further details under Projects and Research.
IMMA Collection: Freud Project Catalogue
An IMMA Collection: Freud Project catalogue which includes illustrations of all 50 Lucian Freud works is available to purchase. The catalogue features responses from 31 Irish and international artists who were invited to respond to the open question of what Freud means to them today. The catalogue can be purchased from the IMMA Shop for €18.00.
IMMA Collection: Freud Project 2016-2021: Landmark exhibition of world renowned artist Lucian Freud opens in Dublin September 2016
IMMA Collection: Freud Project is made possible through the visionary support of the Freud Circle listed below, and those donors that wish to remain anonymous.
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