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IMMA Collection exhibition receives rave reviews in Spain

An exhibition of 42 works on loan from the Collection of the Irish Museum of Modern Art to Sala Kubo-Kutxa in San Sebastián, Spain, has met with a warm response from leading Spanish newspapers. Enthusiastic reviews include the prestigious national daily El País, which praised the Museum’s Collection “since its opening in Dublin in 1991, IMMA has become a landmark Museum thanks to the 4,500 works in its Collection”. Another leading paper El Mundo stated that this was the right time to see IMMA’s Collection “This seems the right moment to show what is being made in the visual arts in Ireland, especially after the big cultural and economic boom of the last decade”. The newspaper Diario Vasco was also impressed: “This show wraps superbly the programme of Sala Kubo this year”.

The exhibition, Obra nabarmenenak /Obras Fundamentals (English version), comprises both Irish and international artists in a wide variety of media with a strong focus on large-scale works. The selection predominantly reflects recent work by upcoming artists from, or with a base in, Ireland, shown alongside works by well known international artists. Irish artists include Sean Scully, Dorothy Cross, Gillian Wearing, Gerard Byrne and Peter Doig, while international artists include Marina Abramovic, Michael Craig-Martin, Cristina Iglesias and Vik Muniz. Most of the works date from the 1990s with a few notable Irish works dating from the 1960s. The exhibition was selected by freelance curator María José Aranzasti with the assistance of Christina Kennedy, Senior Curator: Head of Collections, IMMA, and continues in the Kubo-Kutxa Exhibition Hall until 20 January 2008.

Further loans from the Collection include 24 works on show as part of an exhibition, [C]artography: map-making as artform, exploring map making as an art form in the Crawford Gallery, Cork, until 10 November. Work is also continuing in preparation for a loan of 27 works to the Irish Embassy in The Hague and of 90 William Hogarth prints to Valencia in Spain.

For further information and images please contact Monica Cullinane or Patrice Molloy at Tel: +353 1 612 9900; Email: [email protected]

7 November 2007