Opening Hours

Full opening hours


Royal Hospital Kilmainham
Dublin 8, D08 FW31, Ireland
Phone +353 1 6129900

View Map

Find us by

IMMA presents a major exhibition of the work of the internationally renowned Brazilian artist Hélio Oiticica (1937–1980). Propositions includes a succinct selection of works by Oiticica, including vital examples from throughout his prolific career with a view to illuminating his art historical importance and relevance to contemporary practice.

Oiticica was as an innovator of interactive and experiential artworks whose work has influenced many of the key contemporary artists working today. Audiences are encouraged to engage, explore and participate in this colourful exhibition – visitors can try on his wearable ‘Parangolés’ and enjoy the fun of dressing up as a mobile sculpture.

The exhibition highlights Oiticica as an artist whose impulse to depart from the traditional conception of the artwork, with a constant urge for renewal and experimentation, was working significantly ahead of his time. A particular focus of this exhibition is the proposals and re-enactments laid out by Oiticica. Works are displayed which illustrate the artist’s driving conviction that colour and form should emancipate themselves from the surface into space and time, and that the integration of the viewer is intrinsic to the art experience.

The exhibition at IMMA expands upon previous exhibitions on Oiticica by investigating notions of the script and proposals, which the artist engaged with throughout his life, and in particular in his later works. Furthermore, emphasis will be placed on the potentialities at play within Oiticica’s artworks, realms of possibility which the artist triggered through his spectator-activated installations, sculptures, paintings and wearable “Parangolés”. Recognising Oiticica as an innovator of interactive and experiential artworks whose work has influenced many of the key contemporary artists working within the field of relational aesthetics, the exhibition will examine this impulse as it reverberates throughout his oeuvre and into the public realm.

Opening the exhibition at IMMA is an introductory section, Oiticica At IMMA, including a succinct selection of Irish and international artworks, chosen by the curators of the exhibition from the IMMA Collection. This key selection will hang at the entrance to the exhibition, as a compliment to and expansion on the works of Oiticica, chosen in particular to highlight the aspects of viewer interaction, vibrant colour usage and kinetic movement so key within his oeuvre.

IMMA is delighted to be working in collaboration with the MA course Art in the Contemporary World, NCAD, to realise a selection of the written Propositions by Oiticica. These will be curated and enacted by students on Saturday 19 July in the gardens at IMMA, and will offer a unique opportunity to connect physically and conceptually with artworks.

Recent solo exhibitions include Suprasensorial: Experiments in Light, Colour and Space, MoCA, Los Angeles, CA (2010); Collecting a Poetic Universe, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston TX (2007) and Hélio Oiticica: The Body of Colour, Tate Modern, London (2007). Oiticica’s work has been included in the 2010, 1994, 1965 and 1957 São Paulo biennials. This exhibition is co-curated by César Oiticica Filho, nephew of the artist.

To mark the opening of the exhibition IMMA presented SUMMER RISING: The IMMA Festival which ran from Friday 18 (opening night of the exhibition) to Saturday 26 July. Hélio Oiticica proposed with his work ways ‘of giving the individual the possibility to ‘experiment’  to no longer be the spectator and become the participant’, and it is in this spirit that IMMA invited visitors to be part of the SUMMER RISING – to taste, to listen, to look , to enjoy and most of all to take part.

A publication will be produced to accompany the exhibition, and will include a selection of writings by Hélio Oiticica, some previously unpublished.

Talks and Events

Gallery Talk | Oiticica – Propositions
Friday 22 August 1.15 – 2.00pm, East Wing, Galleries

David Fagan (Exhibitions, IMMA) introduces the practice of Oiticica and explores various narratives that comprise Oiticica’s Propositions series.

Lecture | Emma Mahony – Oiticica : Art and Crisis
Wednesday 10 September, 6.00 – 7.00pm, Lecture Room

Emma Mahony (Associate Lecturer, NCAD), will examine how Oiticicas practice has been inspired by the favelas of Rio de Janeiro, and more widely how the informal city has been perceived by artists and intellectuals. Listen back to this talk on Soundcloud

Additional Resources

Watch an introduction to the exhibition

In this short video curators César Oiticica Filho and Rachael Thomas introduce the exhibition.

Click here to watch via IMMA’s Youtube Channel

Listen to talk by curators César Oiticica Filho and Rachael Thomas

Curators César Oiticica Filho and Rachael Thomas discussthe conception and development of this major exhibition at IMMA. Both speakers addressed the vibrant and diverse cultural and political landscapes in Brazil and beyond, of which inspired the work of one of the most innovative artists of the 20th-Century. This talk took place on Saturday 19 July, in the Formal Gardens.

Click here to listen via IMMA’s SoundCloud Channel

Hélio Oiticica Resources

Information, ideas and resources to explore works from the exhibition

Click here to download (Acrobat Reader PDF – 3.13MB)

Related Links

IMMA Blog – In Response to SUMMER RISING by Katherine Atkinson

The Irish Times – Hélio Oiticica: a Brazilian iconoclast who burst out of art’s frame by Aidan Dunne

The Irish Times – Don’t touch? Actually, please do, Imma’s touchy-feely retrospective of the work of Hélio Oiticica is an ideal place to introduce curious toddlers to the world of art by Sarah Keating

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.