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All National Programme exhibitions are formed in partnership with venues and groups, who are encouraged to explore and develop a sense of ownership of the IMMA Collection as a national resource.

For all enquiries regarding the IMMA National Programme please contact Johanne Mullan, Collections Programmer, by email to

Analysing Cubism explores the early decades of Cubism and features the work of such celebrated Cubist artists as Albert Gleizes, Evie Hone and Mainie Jellett. The exhibition focuses especially on the Continental milieu in which Hone, Jellett and other Irish artists worked in the 1920s and ‘30s, learning from and contributing to the development of European Modernism.

Analysing Cubism takes its title from the early years of the movement, sometimes referred to as ‘Analytical Cubism’. However, the exhibition extends its scope to the end of the Second World War, a watershed in modern art when the focus shifted from Paris to New York. It  looks at the work of a number of pioneering Irish artists who travelled to France and further afield to study modern art. The exhibition seeks to place these artists in context, examining the influence of their teachers, as well as exploring the work of some of the leading international exponents of Cubism.

The exhibition focuses on the Irish artists May Guinness, Jack Hanlon, Evie Hone, Mainie Jellett, Norah McGuinness and Mary Swanzy, and on their English counterparts Paul Egestorff and Elizabeth Rivers. It also includes work by European painters such as Georges Braque, Albert Gleizes, Juan Gris, Henri Hayden, André Lhote and Pablo Picasso. The largest concentration of work in the exhibition is by Gleizes, Hone, Lhote and Jellett – in recognition of the extensive influence that these artists had on modern Irish abstract painting.

The exhibition will tour to the Crawford Art Gallery, Cork, from 20 June to 1 September and to the F.E. McWilliam Gallery and Studio, Banbridge, Co. Down, from 13 September to 30 November. The exhibition is organised by the Crawford Art Gallery in partnership with IMMA. The exhibition includes major loans from the National Gallery of Ireland.

Analysing Cubism is presented as part of the programme of visual arts events celebrating Ireland’s Presidency of the European Union and is supported by the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht. The exhibition is presented with the support of the French Embassy in Ireland and The Irish Times.

Talks and Lectures

Gallery Talk: Dr Riann Coulter
Saturday 18 May at 1.00pm in the New Galleries, IMMA, RHK

Dr Riann Coulter will discuss key influences on the work of pioneering artist Mainie Jellett.

Admission is free to all talks and lectures but booking online is essential. Booking lines will be open shortly and a link to the booking line will be available from this page.


Education Programme

Explorer for Families
Every Sunday from 24 February to 19 May 2013, free and drop in from 2.00pm to 4.00pm.

Location: IMMA, The New Galleries, Royal Hospital Kilmainham.
IMMA’s family programme, Explorer, welcomes children and adults to experience art works and art making together on Sunday afternoons. For more information on family programmes please click >arrow linkhere.

Primary School Programme – Teachers Notes
Tour notes for Primary School Teachers are available for the Analysing Cubism exhibition, to download the notes please click go to the Primary Schools section.

Public Tours

Free Public Tours

Tuesday 2.30pm, Wednesday 2.30pm, Thursday 2.30pm, Friday 2.30pm, Saturday 12noon and 4.00pm, Sunday 2.30pm.
Each tour lasts 30 minutes. No booking required.

Book a Guided Tour

Guided tours of the exhibition Analysing Cubism are available from 20 February for special interest groups including schools, colleges and adult education. Tours are available Tuesday, Thursday and Friday at 10.00am, 11.45am and 4.00pm, and on Wednesday at 11.45am and 4.00pm.

Analysing Cubism Catalogue

A fully-illustrated catalogue, published by IMMA, accompanies the exhibition, with texts by Peter Brooke, painter and author of Albert Gleizes, For and Against the Twentieth Century, published by Yale University Press; Dr Riann Coulter, art historian and Curator of the F.E. McWilliam Gallery and Studio; Dickon Hall, author of books on Nevill Johnson and Colin Middleton; Dr Roisin Kennedy, lecture Art History Department, University College Dublin; and curator of the exhibition Seán Kissane.

The catalogue is available to purchase from the IMMA bookshop or online at

Price €25.00

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