The most extensive exhibition to date from the Museum's own collection, The Moderns, will explore the development of modernity in Ireland through the visual arts in the period 1900 to 1975. Focusing on the innovative and the experimental, it will examine this subject through a broad, interdisciplinary approach.
The exhibition will bring together exceptional examples of painting and sculpture, photography and film, architecture, literature, music and design of the period. Curated mainly from IMMA's Collection, it will also include superb loans from the public and private collections in Ireland and beyond.
The Moderns will explore many of the key artistic movements of the period, including the paintings of Mainie Jellett, Evie Hone and other supporters of European Modernism in the context of the iconic achievements in design and literature of Eileen Gray and James Joyce. It will reflect the works and influence of John Millington Synge, Paul Henry and the Yeats family and external forces as seen in the work of Klee and Picasso. The impact of the ground-breaking ROSC exhibitions in the 1960s and '70s, and of Minimal and Conceptual Art, in the works of Brian O'Doherty, Barry Flanagan and Michael Craig-Martin, will also be examined.