24 March – 24 July 2016
9 April – 5 July 2015
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Patrick Hennessy: De Profundis
Patrick Hennessy’s exhibition De Profundis, in IMMA from 24 March till 24 July 2016,
is the first survey of this complex artist’s work since 1981.
‘A strange and exotic presence in Irish art’, ‘standing alone’, ‘very un-Irish’, Patrick Hennessy RHA (1915-80), was one of Ireland’s most successful post –war realist painters, but one whose work puzzled the critics writing in Dublin in the 60s and 70s who branded him ‘something of an outsider’. At a time when people were discriminated against for their sexual orientation, he made works containing narratives of homosexual life that align him with the queer-art movement which emerged in the 1970s. This exhibition hopes to shed light on this critically neglected artist and reflect on what his work might mean to an audience today.
Exhibition curated by Seán Kissane, Curator: Exhibitions at IMMA.
- Learn more about IMMA’s Hennessy Exhibition
- Read the Exhibition Guide (pdf)
- Discover more about the Modern Irish Masters series
- Read about Patrick Hennessy’s life
Gerda Frömel, A Retrospective opened in IMMA on Thursday 9 April 2015, and runs through Sunday 5 July 2015. The exhibition will then travel to the F.E. McWilliam Gallery in County Down from Saturday 1 August 2015 to Saturday 10 October 2015.
This exhibition, the first contemporary exhibition of the Frömel’s work, represented the most substantial collection and curation of her work since a 1976 retrospective at the Municipal Gallery, following her death in 1975. As part of the IMMA Modern Masters series, the exhibition reinstated Frömel’s position in modern Irish art.
The creation of Gerda Frömel: A Retrospective was a collaborative effort between Seán Kissane (Curator: Exhibitions, at IMMA) and Riann Coulter (Curator at the F.E. McWilliam Gallery), with the essential assistance of Frömel’s sons, Wenzel, Mortiz, Killian and Oliver Schürmann.