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Kildare Village headline sponsor of IMMA’s Desire: A Revision exhibition

Luxury shopping destination, Kildare Village, has become the first fashion brand to partner with IMMA, becoming the headline sponsor for the upcoming exhibition Desire: A Revision from the 20th Century to the Digital Age, which opens on Culture Night, Friday, 20th September 2019. Bringing fashion, art and culture together, this new partnership welcomes a number of exciting activities including works from the National Collection been exhibited outside of IMMA, along with a programme of events in Kildare Village and at IMMA.

To coincide with the opening of Desire: A Revision, Kildare Village will house pieces from the National Collection of Modern and Contemporary Art. Works by Dorothy Cross, Alexandra Wejchert Barry Flanagan, Isabel Nolan, Rebecca Horn, Patrick Scott amongst others will be installed in Kildare Village.

IMMA is also delighted to announce that they will open a temporary IMMA Pop Up Shop in Kildare Village selling sought after limited edition prints, art catalogues and, of course, the fun quirky gifts that the IMMA Shop is loved for.

As part of this partnership, Kildare Village will host a number of events for fashion, art and culture lovers of all ages both in IMMA and in Kildare Village. Kildare Village will also put in place plans to extend IMMA’s Azure programme this November. To celebrate the IMMA partnership, the Desire exhibition and to show their commitment to supporting Irish art and culture the building facades, boutique windows and various touchpoints around Kildare Village will be designed, decorated, painted and sculpted.

Desire: A Revision from the 20th Century to the Digital Age will open on Culture Night – Friday 20 September.

This international group exhibition will explore the evolving role of desire in art and life, in particular its relationship to structures of power, individualism and emerging collective actions. Spanning almost 100 years, the exhibition follows the development of desire through the lens of the Eurocentric male gaze and its influence in shaping artistic depictions of desire in contemporary culture, across the East and West. Artists featured in the exhibition at IMMA include Matthew Barney, Frank Bowling, Lee Bul, Oisín Byrne, Helen Chadwick, Dorothy Cross, David Douard, Marcel Duchamp, Tracey Emin, Justine Emard, Max Ernst, Awol Erizku, Cao Fei, Genieve Figgis, Ann Maria Healy, Elaine Hoey, James Joyce, Bharti Kher, Jonah King, Seiha Kurosawa, Yayoi Kusama, Rene Magritte, Eddie Peake, Tschabalala Self, VALIE EXPORT and others.

The partnership with IMMA, which is a crucial platform for Irish and international art, represents Kildare Village’s commitment to supporting Irish art and culture. The collaboration will include a programme of events and innovative installations in the Village, offering its guests the chance to experience the exhibition in another setting.

The exhibition, which is on show until March 2020, has been curated by Rachel Thomas – Senior Curator; Head of Exhibitions, IMMA, Dublin – and Yuko Hasegawa, Artistic Director of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo.



About Kildare Village

Discover Kildare Village, home to a unique edit of 100 fashion and lifestyle boutiques offering savings of up to 60% on the recommended retail price, all year round. Set in the beating heart of horse-racing country, the Village is located just an hour south-west of central Dublin and perfectly situated for routes to important tourist destinations in the region including Cork, Limerick and Galway.

A bastion of Irish talent, Kildare Village strikes an astute balance between gentle regional charm and an artful spread of homegrown and international brands. Services include the Shopping Express® daily coach service, Tourist Information, a luxurious Lounge, Hands-free Shopping, Personal Shopper and Valet Parking. With a range of restaurants and cafés in the Village, guests can unwind and discover with the celebrated Irish hospitality. Learn more about Kildare Village, a member of The Bicester Village Shopping Collection, at

Celebrating Creativity

Offering access to artistic talent – both emerging and established – is part of The Bicester Village Shopping Collection’s commitment to providing unique experiences to the 42 million guests it welcomes a year. Each of the 11 Villages in Europe and China hosts an ever-evolving programme of art, music and retail theatre throughout the year, bringing art and culture to their guests in ways that both inspire and engage. The Bicester Village Shopping Collection’s programme of performances, special events, exhibitions and strategic partnerships with artists and art organisations is central to its promise to deliver extraordinary experiences every day. ​

IMMA Director Annie Fletcher

Speaking about the announcement, IMMA Director Annie Fletcher said: “I find this partnership with Kildare Village inspirational, not only because they are fully engaged with our artistic project, but we are discovering together that we can see the potential of having a broad and international dialogue; about how art and creativity zooms into our most core desires while pushing us outward and onward into the world and into the future.”   

Rene Frion, Business Director at Kildare Village

Rene Frion, Business Director at Kildare Village says on the announcement: “Kildare Village are proud to be announced as headline sponsor for Desire, a hugely important exhibition bringing together an exceptional group of Irish and international artists at IMMA. Our partnership with IMMA demonstrates our ongoing commitment to supporting Irish culture, art and fashion and creating authentic and memorable experiences for our guests. It also gives us the opportunity to bring more art and culture to Kildare Village itself.”

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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. While we prepare to open our next exhibition Hilary Heron: A Retrospective on 24 May, there are two exhibitions to see Derry Film & Video Workshop and Self: Determination: Artists Commissions. IMMA’s gardens and café are open to the public.