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IMMA Winter Opening Weekend details: Primal Architecture and Duncan Campbell

Wed Oct 29th, 2014


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Join us for a weekend programme of activities including the opening of our winter exhbitions Duncan Campbell and Primal Architecture, talks, tours, and music drawn from the exhibitions across IMMA.

IMMA’s Winter Opening Weekend

Friday 7 November

Preface lecture :: Primal Architecture
1pm – 2pm, Lecture Room, FREE
Mike Kelley: Lent Felt (Intimations of his Mind’s Fall), with John C Welchman
Presented in partnership with IADT ARC, this is a valedictory lecture on the life and work of Mike Kelley; artist, noise musician, writer, actor, benefactor, teacher and Catholic misfit. Kelley’s work ‘Primal Architecture’ has lent its name to the group exhbtiion, and in this lecture Kelley’s powerful contribution to contemporary art will be examined by John C. Welchamn, including his influential body of critical and creative writings and his special brand of parodic humor and irony and aesthetics.  Read more>
6.00 – 8.30pm, Official opening of Duncan Campbell and Primal Architecture. If you’d like to attend the opening please join our mailing list here (make sure you tick ‘Invitations’).

The opening of Primal Architecture includes live performances:

Kevin Atherton, Timepiece (1974–2014)
6.00 – 7.00pm, IMMA Courtyard

Bedwyr Williams, 20º (2014)
7.15pm, IMMA, First Floor, Landing

The opening reception is followed by Primal Rising, a live music and DJ night which marks the start of IMMA’s winter opening weekend.

Duncan Campbell
8 November 2014 – 29 March 2015
The first major exhibition in Dublin of the work of Irish-born artist Duncan Campbell, a nominee for the 2014 Turner Prize. Combining archival and filmed material Campbell’s films question our reading of the documentary form as a fixed representation of reality, opening up the boundaries between the actual and the imagined, record and interpretation. This solo exhibition comprises four of his major film works; Bernadette (2008); Make It New John (2009); Arbeit (2011) and It for Others (2013). Read more>
Primal Architecture
Mike Kelley / Jeremy Deller / Conrad Shawcross / Kevin Atherton / Linder / Jesse Jones / Bedwyr Williams
8 November 2014 – 1 March 2015
Borrowing its title from Mike Kelley’s iconic work, Primal Architecture, this exhibition brings together works by both international and Irish artists that elaborate on notions of pseudo-autobiography, sexuality, consciousness, identity, architecture, power and nostalgia. The selection of works on display spans generations, and across varied media including installation, video, sculpture, drawing, performance and photography. Read more>
Visitors are advised that this exhibition contains adult themes and explicit imagery.
Primal Rising
The Chapel, IMMA
Friday 7 November, 8.00pm – 2.00am
Tickets €10
IMMA presents Primal Rising, a live music and DJ night in response to and in the spirit of the exhibition Primal Architecture. Underground/ alternative/ punk – the night will include Dublin based bands Sissy and Faune and a DJ set by Chad Jackson. Further details to be announced. Book Tickets

Saturday 8 November

Gallery Tour :: Second Sight: The David Kronn Photography Collection
10.30am, Meeting Point, Garden Galleries
A short tour of the exhibition, which closes this weekend, led by collector David Kronn.
This is a free event. Book your place here
Photographer’s Bus Tour :: Second Sight: The David Kronn Photography Collection
11.30am – 6.00pm, Meeting Point, Garden Galleries
Amelia Stein and Seán Kissane (Curator, Exhibitions, IMMA) lead a photographer’s bus tour of Evelyn Hofer’s Dublin. Tickets €20, includes bus and lunch. Book your place here
Gallery Talk :: Duncan Campbell
12 noon, East Ground Galleries
Sarah Glennie (Director, IMMA and curator of the Duncan Campbell exhibition), will present an introduction to the exhibition. This is a free event. Book your place.
Artists’ Roundtable Discussion :: Primal Architecture
2.00 – 3.30pm, Lecture Room
Artists’ Kevin Atherton, Linder, Jesse Jones, Bedwyr Williams and Conrad Shawcross discuss the exhibition with Rachael Thomas (Head of Exhibitions, IMMA) and discussion moderator Caoimhín Mac Giolla Léith (writer, critic, and lecturer UCD).This is a free event. Book your place.
Open Studios
3.00 – 5.00pm
Drop in to IMMA’s residency to meet artists in their studios.

Sunday 9 November

Family Explorer :: Conversations
2.00 – 4.00pm
Join us for the family workshop Explorer to experience artworks and make your own art. All free and lots of fun. Drop in, no need to book.
Lecture: Brett Rogers, Director, The Photographers’ Gallery, London
Second Sight: The David Kronn Photography Collection
2.00 – 3.00pm, Lecture Room
To close the exhibition, Brett Rogers discusses her curatorial interests and offers a response to a selection of works in the show. Free event. Book your place

Current exhibitions at IMMA

Second Sight: The David Kronn Collection
2 August – 9 November 2014 (final weekend)
Conversations: IMMA Collection
6 June 2014 – January 2015

image credits
(above) Bundesarchiv, B 145 Bild-FO48646-0030. Photo: Wegmann, Ludwig, 19 June 1976. Duncan Campbell, Arbeit (video still), 2011 Courtesy of the artist and Rodeo, Istanbul/London. (below) Mike Kelley, Primal Architecture, 1995, Acrylic, wood, steel, pencil and paper, 270 x 220 cm. Collection Museum Ludwig Cologne / on loan Gesellschaft für Moderne Kunst am Museum Ludwig e.V., 2006. Courtesy Museum Ludwig. © The Mike Kelley Foundation / Kelley Studio


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Important Notice


We would like to advise our visitors that our Main Reception area is closed for renovation from 22 April until mid-June. A temporary reception is open on the ground floor next to the original main entrance. There are three exhibitions to visit  Hilary Heron: A Retrospective; Derry Film & Video Workshop and Self: Determination: Artists Commissions. IMMA’s shop, café and gardens are all open.