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IMMA announces 2020 Programme

IMMA today announces highlights of its 2020 programme which includes solo exhibitions by Bharti Kher, Christodoulos Panayiotou, Paula Rego and Eva Rothschild; a major international exhibition Xenogenesis by The Otolith Group and an exhibition from the IMMA Collection Ghosts From the Recent Past. The IMMA Collection: Freud Project will be accompanied by a response by Chantel Joffee to Lucian Freud’s portraits.

The first major exhibition Ghosts From the Recent Past explores how urgencies of the recent past continue to inhabit the present. Framed by key political events over the recent past it focuses on artworks from the IMMA Collection, including a major donation from the Kerlin Gallery, from the 1980s to the present. This exhibition can be seen as part of a series of major collection displays which will open at IMMA over the next three years, combining the IMMA collection and other international collections all established in the 1990’s as the beginning of the contemporary Global moment and will bring Irish practice in dialogue with other innovative artistic centres and collections throughout the world.

This summer a major retrospective of the work of renowned Portuguese artist Paula Rego, Obedience and Defiance, spans Rego’s entire career from the 1960s, comprising more than 80 works, including paintings that have never been seen before and works on paper from the artist’s family and close friends.

Opening in the autumn The Otolith Group: Xenogenesis presents a cross section of artworks from 2011 to 2018 by The Otolith Group; the artist’s collective with Anjalika Sagar and Kodwo Eshun. Xenogenesis weaves together many strands of imaginative speculation on deep pasts and possible futures.

Chantal Joffe has been invited to engage with Lucian Freud’s portraits of his mother, Lucie Brasch in Lucie and Daryll: Chantal Joffe looking at Lucian Freud. The investigation will centre around two of Freud’s most outstanding portraits of his mother which form part of the IMMA Collection: Freud Project (2016-2021).

Other solo exhibitions showing throughout the year include Bharti Kher whose art gives form to quotidian life and its daily rituals in a way that reassesses and transforms their meaning to yield an air of magical realism.

Christodoulos Panayiotou’s exhibition will engage with the history of IMMA’s building and site. His research-based practice focusses on the identification and uncovering of hidden narratives in the visual records of history and time.

IMMA is also delighted to present The Shrinking Universe by Eva Rothschild which was first shown as the national representation of Ireland at the 58th International Art Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia in 2019.

The final exhibition of the year from the David Kronn Collection entitled Borders will reflect on the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic. The exhibition includes work by the Magnum Agency, Evelyn Hofer, Paul Caponigro, Roger Mayne, Rosalind Solomon, Paul Seawright and Donovan Wylie

IMMA and EVA International (Ireland’s Biennial of Contemporary Art) are excited to announce a new commissioning partnership for 2020. This partnership will see two of Ireland’s most significant contemporary arts organisations work together on a major artistic production.

Exhibition Highlights 2020

IMMA Collection: Freud Project
The Artist’s Studio
February –  August 2020

Bharti Kher
March – May 2020

Ghosts From the Recent Past
24 April – 13 September 2020

Christodoulos Panayiotou
24 April – 13 September 2020

Eva Rothschild, The Shrinking Universe
12 June – 11 October 2020

Paula Rego, Obedience and Defiance
12 June – 1 November 2020

IMMA Collection: Freud Project
Lucie and Daryll: Chantal Joffe looking at Lucian Freud
11 September 2020 – Feb 2021

The Otolith Group: Xenogenesis
9 October 2020 – 17 January 2021

David Kronn Collection, Borders
21 October – Feb 2021

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For further information and images please contact: Monica Cullinane E: [email protected] T:+353 (0)1 612 9922 or Patrice Molloy E: [email protected] T:+353 (0)1 612 9921

Important Notice


We would like to advise our visitors that our Main Reception area is closed for renovation from 22 April until mid-June.  A temporary reception is open on the ground floor next to the original main entrance. While we prepare to open our next exhibition Hilary Heron: A Retrospective on 24 May, there are two exhibitions to see Derry Film & Video Workshop and Self: Determination: Artists Commissions. IMMA’s gardens and café are open to the public.