In the third instalment of our weekly Art Tours we made a special trip to IMMA (Irish Museum of Modern Art). Not only were we blessed by a beautiful morning, we also were lucky to visit on IMMA’s 30th birthday celebration.
We spent much of our time in the Ghosts of the Recent Past exhibition, a fascinating exploration of how the past still haunts the present. The works shown spans a 40 year period with the mediums and approaches being incredibly diverse. Each piece of work is connected to political events both in Ireland and abroad, creating a riveting cross-section of politically engaged art practice.
It is difficult to identify a piece of work that encapsulates the exhibition as a whole, all participating artists have such specific perspectives and backgrounds. The audience is taken on an interactive viewing journey through the gallery by the dynamic curation of the work. You weave at your own pace through varying rooms which helps to generate intimacy with the work.
A significant standout is Julien Isaac’s Paradise Omeros, a magnetic and enthralling immersive video work dealing with Creole identity within diverse cultural settings. The dominant scale of the multiple screens in the space, foster feelings of influence and emotion within the viewer.
As always it was a delight to visit IMMA and truly appreciate a unique institution that has been pushing the boundaries of art for the last 30 years.
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