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IMMA takes part in the Bealtaine Festival 2010

As part of the Bealtaine Festival, the annual country-wide arts festival which celebrates creativity in older age, the Irish Museum of Modern Art is hosting a number of Bealtaine associated events throughout the month of May. This includes the popular Tea and Tour programme in which visitors can enjoy complimentary tea and coffee while an IMMA Mediator discusses one of the featured exhibitions which is followed by a short free guided tour. Bealtaine events are run independently with over 300 organisers, with Age & Opportunity responsible for the overall coordination and promotion of the festival.

The exhibitions featured in the Tea and Tour programme are Vertical Thoughts: Morton Feldman and the Visual Arts, an exhibition focusing on the work of the influential American composer Morton Feldman and the many leading visual artists with whom he was closely associated, including Piet Mondrain, Jackson Pollock and Mark Rothko, and Francis Alÿs: Le Temps du Sommeil, an exhibition comprising a series of 111 small-scale paintings by the Belgian-born artist Francis Alÿs, one of the most original artists working today.

The scheduled dates for the Tea and Tour programme are:

Thursday 13 May at 4pm: Vertical Thoughts: Morton Feldman and the Visual Arts
Saturday 22 May at 2.30pm: Francis Alÿs – Le Temps du Sommeil
Thursday 27 May at 2.30pm: Vertical Thoughts: Morton Feldman and the Visual Arts

All Tea and Tour events are free, however places are limited so booking is essential. For more information, please contact Maggie Connolly, Education and Community Programmes, Email: [email protected], Tel: 01-6129950

In addition to the Bealtaine Tea and Tour programme, IMMA invites visitors to a number of other events which include:

Film Screening: Wide Details – Francis Alÿs
12 – 14 May 2010: 3pm, The Lecture Room, IMMA (56min)

Screened in association with Alÿs’s current exhibition, this short documentary film features Belgian born contemporary artist Francis Alÿs who has lived in Mexico City for the past fifteen years. The film invites the viewer to discover Alÿs’s ongoing work as a painter, photographer, video artist and urban interventionist. No booking is required to attend screenings.

Artists’ Residency Programme Open Studios
Wednesday afternoons throughout May: 2pm – 4pm, Artist Studios, IMMA

Artists Pascal Bircher (UK) – Studio 6A, Atsushi Kaga (Japan) – Studio 14, and Jasmina Llobet and Luis Fernandez-Pons (Spain) – Studio 12, currently participating in the Museum’s Artists’ Residency Programme, will open their studios to visitors from 2pm to 4pm on Wednesdays during the month of May. Visitors will be able to see the variety of work being produced by the artists currently participating in the programme, meet the artists and discuss their work with them. The Artists’ Residency Programme studios are located in the former coach houses across from the main reception. Please see the programme leaflet available at the main reception or visit for further details on the artists participating. This is an open event and does not require booking.

Explorer for Families
IMMA’s family programme Explorer welcomes children and adults to experience art works and art making together on Sunday afternoons, in the company of two of IMMA’s gallery staff, the Mediators. Explorer is:
– Free and drop-in
– On Sundays between 2pm to 4pm
Explorer runs until 30 May 2010 and re-opens 3 October to 5 December 2010
– The maximum number of participants is 35 (adults and children), so arriving early is advised
– Projects are designed for children aged 4 to 10 years old
– Project themes are repeated over two consecutive Sundays

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

6 May 2010