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Nigel Rolfe, b.1950

European Dream2009

European Dream was developed from a performance in London in 2009 and is the starting point and title for a body of work by Rolfe. This is a significant performance of Rolfe’s not just in terms of the scale and ambition of the installation that accompanies the performance, but also because of the directness and the weight of the artist’s subject. In this work the artist recalls a previously all-embracing and terrifying vision for Europe which in 2021, the year the work was purchased by IMMA, may be seen as prophetic as we experience a European reality in which cohesion and unity are ever more challenged and global forces are unpredictable in this new pandemic world.

MediumPrussian Blue Pigment/ 24 Carat Gold Leaf/ Steel Table.
Credit LineIMMA Collection: Purchase, 2021
Item NumberIMMA.4430.005
Copyright For copyright information, please contact the IMMA Collections team: [email protected].
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Nigel Rolfe, European Dream, 2009, Prussian Blue Pigment/ 24 Carat Gold Leaf/ Steel Table., Collection Irish Museum of Modern Art, Purchase, 2021

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

About the Artist

Nigel Rolfe b.1950

Nigel Rolfe was born in the Isle of Wight and lives in Ireland. In the late 1970s he attained a prominent position as a performance artist. Also working with installation, drawing, photography, video and audio media, Rolfe examines the influence of history on the individual and society. He has exhibited extensively, including a retrospective exhibition of his 'Archive' at IMMA in 1994 and retrospective 'Nigel Rolfe Vidéos 1983-1996' at the Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris in 1996.

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