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Display of Louis le Brocquy Works at IMMA
A display of seven major works by the distinguished Irish artist Louis le Brocquy, organised to mark his ninetieth year, opens to the public at the Irish Museum of Modern Art on Wednesday 10 May 2006. Louis le Brocquy: A Celebration of the Artist’s Ninetieth Year presents a selection of seven emblematic works which were selected by Pierre le Brocquy. The works represent the artist’s Grey Period and also his Presence, Procession and Human Image series and together constitute an excellent distillation of his lifelong concerns and achievements as an artist. The display will be officially opened by the Minister for Arts, Sport and Tourism, Mr John O’Donoghue, TD, at 6.30pm on Tuesday 9 May.
The display includes Riverrun, Procession with Lilies III, 1985, and Children in a Wood I, 1988, considered by the artist to be the most important works in his Procession series. Also included are two paintings from the 1950s dealing with the isolated standing human figure. In Lazarus, 1954, from the artist’s Grey Period, le Brocquy uses strong geometric planes and lines to frame the figure of Lazarus emerging from the tomb, with head bowed and arms raised, while Standing Figure, 1959, from the Presence series has an ambiguous almost abstract quality where the upright figure is suggested in a more subdued and muted palette. The artist’s most recent human image series is represented here by two paintings, both titled Being, from 2002. Image of Self, 1994, is also included in this celebratory exhibition.
Louis le Brocquy’s work is represented in the collections of numerous museums in the USA, the UK, France, Switzerland, Italy, Portugal, the Czech Republic, Brazil, Japan, India, Korea, New Zealand and, of course, Ireland. Highlights of his career include representing Ireland at the Venice Biennale in 1956, and exhibitions at the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris (1976), the New York State Museum (1981), the National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne (1988) and the Irish Museum of Modern Art (1996).
The Museum is also publishing an important text by the artist discussing his practice. The book will be the first in a new series of publications, giving artists in the Collection their own voice through interviews, artist’s statements and essays. This new series of books is being launched this year to mark the 15th anniversary of IMMA’s opening.
Louis le Brocquy: A Celebration of the Artist’s Ninetieth Year is curated by Marguerite O’Molloy, Assistant Curator: Collections, IMMA.
The display continues until 10 December 2006. Admission is free.
For further information and images please contact Monica Cullinane or Patrice Molloy at Tel: +353 1 612 9900; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
2 May 2006
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