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Open Rooms is a major exhibition of the work of the internationally-acclaimed Spanish abstract painter Juan Uslé. Comprising some 40 works, ranging from the 1990s to 2003, the exhibition is grouped into five series – Soñé que Revelabas, Eolo, Rizoma, In Urbania and Celibataires. Although influenced by ideas ranging from philosophy to multiculturalism, Uslé’s lyrical abstract works do not aim to be in any way representational, rather they convey his personal vision of the world which is poetic rather than narrative. His paintings are not a window on the world but are an area of dialogue which he probes and explores. Many of his paintings lead the viewer into a labyrinthine space in which Uslé’s precise articulation seems to point in a specific direction while still, paradoxically, leaving the way open to the viewer’s interpretation.

Juan Uslé, Voice, 1997, vinyl, dispersion and dry pigment on canvas , 56 x 41 cm, Collection Uslé-Civera, Saro, Courtesy Galerie Tim Van Laere, AntwerpJuan Uslé, Fisuras con vértigo, 2001-02, vinyl, dispersion and dry pigments on canvas, 203 x 274 cm, Collection CAM de Arte Contemporáneo, Alicante.Juan Uslé, Jugadores del país del queso, 1996, vinyl, dispersion and dry pigment on canvas, 274 x 203 cm, Collection Musée d’Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean, Luxembourg

This exhibition is curated by Enrique Juncosa, Director, IMMA. It was first shown at Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia (MNCARS), Madrid. It has travelled to Fundación Marcelino Botín, Santander, Spain, and Stedelijk Museum Voor Actuele Kunst, (S.M.A.K.), Gent, Belgium. The exhibition is supported by the Directorate General for Cultural and Scientific Relations of the Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, along with the State Corporation for Cultural Action Abroad (SEACEX) and MNCARS. The opening event at IMMA is supported by the Instituto Cervantes, Dublin.

To download the intoduction wall text to the exhibition please follow the link:

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A fully-illustrated catalogue, with essays by Enrique Juncosa, Director, IMMA, Jan Hoet and David Carrier, writers, and Eva Wittocx, Co-Ordinator of Exhibitions, S.M.A.K., accompanies the exhibition (price €30.00).

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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.