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Leonora Carrington: The Celtic Surrealist
18 September 2013 - 26 January 2014 - Admission Free
The first major retrospective of Leonora Carrington's work in Ireland, this iconic exhibition is a timely rediscovery of this Surrealist painter and her role in the Surrealist art movement. Carrington is known for her figurative dreamscapes filled with extraordinary and complex narratives informed by her rich interest in mythology, alchemy, fairy tales and the occult. Leonora Carrington The Celtic Surrealist comprises some 50 paintings, eight sculptures, eight tapestries, and 20 works on paper from the 1940s onwards, holds a particular focus on the imagery that enchanted her as a child and on the cultural influences of Mexico. The exhibition is kindly supported by Brian Ranalow of H&K International.
Leonora Carrington (Lancashire 1917 – Ciudad de México 2011) was the daughter of a British father and an Irish mother from Co Westmeath. In 1936, when she was 19, she moved to London and Paris, where she became a central figure in the Surrealist movement exhibiting with André Breton, Max Ernst and others. In 1940, following the internment of her lover Max Ernst, she suffered a mental breakdown after which she escaped from Lisbon to Mexico where she lived until her death in 2011 at the age of 94. This exhibition forms part of IMMA’s programme of painting exhibitions, which has included major exhibitions by Lucian Freud, Howard Hodgkin and Francesco Clemente.
The Celtic Surrealist is curated by Seán Kissane, Curator: Exhibitions, IMMA.
The Celtic Surrealist Catalogue
A beautiful hard backed fully-illustrated catalogue, published by IMMA and DAP, New York, accompanies the exhibition. It includes contributions from specialists Dawn Ades, Teresa Arcq, Giulia Ingarao, Seán Kissane, Alyce Mahon, the son of Carrington Gabriel Weisz, and an interview between the artist and Hans Ulrich Obrist. Price 45.00 euro, click here for more details and to buy online.
Talks and Lectures
Series 4 | Discussions on Theory
Visitor Information - Admission Free
Curator Seán Kissane discusses works by artist Leonora Carrington and their reference to politics, religion, Irish myth - Click here to watch these videos on Youtube
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