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Join us for the opening of Desire: A Revision from the 20th Century to the Digital Age an international group exhibition exploring the evolving role of desire in art and life. Master works from the 20th century sit alongside new commissions and contemporary work, tracing desire from the historical canon to present-day digital transformations. Artists in the exhibition include Matthew Barney, Frank Bowling, Lee Bul, Oisín Byrne, Helen Chadwick, Dorothy Cross, David Douard, Marcel Duchamp, Justine Emard, Tracey Emin, Awol Erizku, Max Ernst, Cao Fei, Genieve Figgis, Ann Maria Healy, Elaine Hoey, Juliana Huxtable, James Joyce, Bharti Kher, Jonah King, Seiha Kurosawa, Yayoi Kusama, René Magritte, Koji Nakazono, David O’Reilly, Eddie Peake, Tschabalala Self, Patrick Staff, Mickalene Thomas and VALIE EXPORT. This exhibition is proudly supported by Kildare Village.

A special live response with singer Lisa Hannigan takes place, as part of an ongoing collaboration with artist Dorothy Cross. Enjoy complimentary drinks from O’Hara’s Irish Craft Beers (while supplies last) in our beautiful marquee from LPM Bohemia.

The Culture Night Talk takes place with curators Yuko Hasegawa, Artistic Director of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, and Rachel Thomas, IMMA’s Head of Exhibitions, who have invited a selected panel of artists to discuss their featured work and commissions in Desire: A Revision. The relationship between desire, intimacy, politics, technology and utopianism will be explored within the realms of contemporary art practice. Free, booking required.

Also enjoy Free Admission to the exhibition exploring the work of Lucian Freud and Jack B. Yeats in Life above Everything Book your free ticket online here.

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About the Artist

Dorothy Cross b.1956

Working in sculpture, film and photography, Dorothy Cross examines the relationship between living beings and the natural world. A sense of place pervades her practice. Living in Connemara, a rural area on Ireland’s wild west coast, the artist sees the body and nature as sites of constant change, creation and destruction, new and old.
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