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Brian Maguire, b.1951


‘Memorial’ completes the suite of work with which Maguire represented Ireland at the 1998 São Paulo Biennial. It refers to the massacre of 111 prisoners in the Carandiru penitentiary in São Paulo by police and other inmates in 1992. The death count was said to be far more than the 111 victims claimed in the official account, and the ghostly palette and the placement of the figures in Maguire’s painting gives the impression that this is merely an indication of a bigger incident.

MediumMixed media on linen
Dimensions 269 x 424 cm
Credit LineIMMA Collection: Heritage Gift by Owen O'Brien, 2000
Item NumberIMMA.1313
Copyright For copyright information, please contact the IMMA Collections team: [email protected].
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Brian Maguire, Memorial, 1998, Mixed media on linen, 269 x 424 cm, 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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