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Selected Works from the IMMA Collection opens at Siopa na BhFíodóirí, Dingle
An exhibition from the Irish Museum of Modern Art’s own Collection, selected by the writer and former chief critic of The Irish Times Brian Fallon, opens at Siopa na BhFíodóirí, Dingle, Co Kerry on Monday 2 May 2005 as part of the Féile na Bealtaine Festival. Against the Tide – I gcoinne na Taoide – A personal view comprises paintings, prints and sculpture through which the artists concerned had a message to communicate to a wider public. Featured in this exhibition are works by Irish and international artists such as Jean Arp, Basil Blackshaw, Patrick Caulfield, Barrie Cooke and Brian Maguire amongst others. The Museum has a long-standing relationship with Féile na Bealtaine lending works from the Collection through the National Programme for the last six years.
Brian Maguire deals with ideas of alienation and isolation within society and in personal relationships. His work has been at the cutting edge of contemporary Irish art in spite of the fact that he continued to use the medium of painting at a time when many artists were turning to other media. As artist-in-residence in State prisons, Maguire sees himself as much an outsider as the inmates with whom he works. His Expressionistic painting brings the hidden corners of the individual’s experience to our attention with a raw energy and psychological power. The artist states: “All my pictures come from a need to accept reality as I find it. But they are pictures. I spend a lot of time trying to make them coherent in a formal sense, to make them beautiful - beautiful to me, maybe not to others”. New York City (Mother Heater) effectively shows the artist’s ability to demonstrate the distances that separate us in an urban landscape.
The National Programme is designed to create access opportunities to the visual arts in a variety of situations and locations in Ireland. Using the Collection of the Irish Museum of Modern Art and exhibitions generated by the Museum, the National Programme facilitates the creation of exhibitions and other projects for display in a range of locations around the country. The National Programme establishes the Museum as inclusive, accessible and national, de-centralising the Collection, and making it available to communities in their own localities, on their own terms, in venues with which the audience is comfortable and familiar.
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19 April 2005
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