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Brian Maguire, b.1951

Casa da Cultura1998

In 1998 Brian Maguire was commissioned by the Department of Foreign Affairs to represent Ireland in the XXIV Bienale de São Paulo. During his stay in Brazil, Maguire worked on a series of drawings at the Centro Cultural Vila Prudente, an arts centre where about forty-five local children from the Favela Vila Prudente, aged between seven and twelve, attend classes in theatre and art. Maguire made drawings of about sixty children during his four month residency and at least two drawings of each child were completed, one was given to the child to take home, and the other drawing remained with the artist.Known as the ‘Casa da Cultura’ series it was donated to the Irish Museum of Modern Art in 2000.

MediumCharcoal and conté on paper mounted on canvas
Dimensions Unframed
Credit LineIMMA Collection: Heritage gift by Owen O'Brien, 2000
Item NumberIMMA.1314
Copyright For copyright information, please contact the IMMA Collections team: [email protected].
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Brian Maguire, Casa da Cultura, 1998, Charcoal and conté on paper mounted on canvas, Unframed, Collection Irish Museum of Modern Art, Heritage gift by Owen O'Brien, 2000

For copyright information, please contact the IMMA Collections team: [email protected].

About the Artist

Brian Maguire b.1951

Brian Maguire expressionist paintings address issues of social injustice and malfunction. He has worked with marginalised groups in institutions in Ireland, Poland and the US. Maguire represented Ireland at the São Paolo Biennale in 1998. He was appointed Professor of the Fine Art Faculty of the National College of Art and Design in 2000 and is an elected member of Aosdána.
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