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Cloud Illusions I Recall explores the relationship between visual art and cinema. The Irish Museum of Modern Art invited artists Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster and Cerith Wyn Evans to exhibit their work and explore concepts of the poetic and imagination that together make up the cinematic experience, thereby investigating the relationships and influence of film.

Through a series of conversations, Gonzalez-Foerster and Wyn Evans explored this influence of the cinematic as a theme for the show, and then expanded the exhibition through selected diverse works from filmmakers, writers and artists. Both artists nuanced selection of installations, video, film, painting, text and events showcases the long-standing legacy of cinema as a source of inspiration for artists since its formation. The exhibition presents a dialogue with cinema that reveals the rich interplay between the two genres.

Cloud Illusions I Recall, which takes its title from Joni Mitchell’s 1969 classic song ‘Both Sides, Now’, offers a unique and wide-ranging exploration of the relationship between art, cinema and the world we inhabit. Cinema has the power to affect our state of mind, with the classic themes on offer such as love, suspense and the melancholic, altering how we perceive the world around us. Cloud Illusions I Recall includes some rare works, not seen for decades, and others created especially for the Irish Museum of Modern Art.

The exhibiton features works that span generations and includes some of the most important artists of recent times, such as Marcel Broodthaers, James Coleman, Peter Doig, Allen Ruppersberg, Ed Ruscha, Cindy Sherman and Andrey Tarkovsky, along with the Victorian photographer Clementina, Lady Hawarden. Film screenings of Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger’s iconic The Red Shoes, 1948, are also included.

A special work/event has been created for Cloud Illusions I Recall, a choral performance of Samuel Beckett’s Imagination Dead Imagine, conceived by Cerith Wyn Evans for IMMA, which was performed on the opening night of the exhibition. Gonzalez-Foerster also performed a new work on the opening night based on her ongoing work, M.2062, a fragmented opera that started during the Memory Marathon (2012) at the Serpentine Gallery, London. This continuing performance stands as a moment within a body of work by Gonzalez-Foerster centrally concerned with literature and musical adventures in the spirit of Werner Herzog’s epic 1982 film Fitzcarraldo and King Ludwig II of Bavaria’s fascination with Wagner.

Talks and Events Programme

There is an extensive talks and events programme accompanying this exhibition which draws on the cinematic impulses of contemporary artists, addressing the cultural potency of cinema’s social, psychological and dissemination structures in art, film and everyday life.

Lecture | Cinema fever in the everyday world
Wednesday 17 July, 5.30pm, the North Range, IMMA

This talk gives a historical perspective on the infectious status and relationship of the still, moving and cinematic image in everyday culture. Examining cinema’s fever as a mass medium for artists to utilise, this talk explores changing modes of film distribution and reception from popular, mass and viral cultures, to recent waves of film clubs and artists’ collectives. Presented by Martin McCabe (Lecturer in Photography, DIT).
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Lecture | Cinema as Art Project
Tuesday 23 July, 5.30pm, the Johnston Suite, IMMA at RHK (Please note new date Tueseday 23 July for this lecture)
Maeve Connolly (writer and Lecturer, IADT) presents a lecture on the cinematic turn in contemporary art practice theorised through reference to a variety of projects. Connolly addresses the attraction of social forms of the cinematic in public art, through reference to exhibition histories and practices associated with the movie theatre and art museum.
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IMMA Limited Edition

A fully-illustrated artists’ book published by IMMA will accompany the exhibition, including texts by Cerith Wyn Evans and Rachael Thomas. Price €12.00.

IMMA Limited Edition – An exclusive limited edition print has been created by artist Peter Doig for the Irish Museum of Modern Art on the occasion of Cloud Illusions I Recall, and is available from the Museum shop, price €80.00.  SOLD OUT

Edition details: Peter Doig, Cloud Illusions I Recall, 2013, Edition of 100, Digital pigment prints on archival Somerset Photo Rag 300gsm, size A1.


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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.