The IMMA Collection is a unique resource which is made available to the public through a vibrant programme of temporary exhibitions and projects. Collection Exhibitions may explore the work of an individual artist, or address a theme or historic period.
This exhibition from the David Kronn Collection entitled Borders will reflect on the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic. Ireland and its people is a central theme in the Kronn Collection. A core body of work is by Magnum Agency and other foreign photographers who visited Ireland in the mid-twentieth century such as Evelyn Hofer, Paul Caponigro, Roger Mayne and Rosalind Solomon. These form a dramatic record of Ireland’s changing landscape, culture and people.
Dr David Kronn is a paediatrician with a specialisation in medical genetics who works with children on a daily basis; it is no surprise then, that images of children form a significant part of his collection. The image of a child is one that provokes an instant reaction, usually one of empathy, and as such it can make for a powerful photograph. Photographs of children can easily slip into cliché, but this diverse collection shows how artists can use the instinctive emotional response to the subject in order to force the viewer to tackle difficult questions on parenthood, society and art itself. Rosamund Solomon’s photographs in particular offer us a timely reminder of the impact of the conflict in Northern Ireland on children.
Major series by photographers such as Paul Seawright and Donovan Wylie will be included in Borders and serve as timely reminders for the need to preserve peace on this island at a time of shifting political alliances.
The David Kronn Collection is a collection of more than 1100 photographs which are a promised gift to IMMA. The collection ranges in content from 19th century Daguerreotypes to the 20th century photography of Edward Weston and August Sander and works from award-winning contemporary photographers such as Nicolai Howalt, Simon Norfolk and Asako Narahashi. Dr David Kronn was born in Dublin but has been based in New York city for nearly three decades. A medical doctor by profession his interest in scientific processes is clearly apparent in the approach which he takes to collecting and the specific interests on which he has focused. Out of the Dark Room was the first exhibition at IMMA of 165 photographs from the collection in 2011 and included rooms dedicated to Irving Penn and Harry Callahan. Second Sight took place in 2014 and contained the first outright donation of 50 works to the IMMA collection, including key pieces by August Sander, Berenice Abbott, Karl Blossfeldt and others.
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