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Mary Swanzy (1882-1978) was a pioneering artist, as evidenced in the IMMA retrospective exhibition Voyages. Her level of achievement, world travel and original thinking is unmatched in Irish art. We are delighted to be joined for this event by Patrick J Murphy, a personal friend and collector of the artist. Also a pioneer, both in business through his international work with Guinness and Irish Malters, and in visual culture through his association with ROSC, The Arts Council of Ireland and as an art collector, Patrick and Mary shared a great friendship. He was a real champion of her work, and indeed the RTE Archive interview featured in the current exhibition was initiated by Patrick.

We are delighted to have this opportunity for our Members to explore these stunning works in the company of someone who has such a connection with the artist. To book your place at this event contact our Membership officer [email protected] Please note that you must be a Member to attend this event. Membership starts at €50 for the year. Join Today


About the Artist

Mary Swanzy 1882–1978

Mary Swanzy was born in Dublin. She spent periods in Paris before the first World War and from 1920, she travelled through Eastern Europe and the Balkans and then to Hawaii and Samoa. Best known for her Cubist and Futurist paintings, Swanzy exhibited regularly at the Paris Salon des Indépendants and the Beaux Arts. By 1946 she was included in exhibitions with Chagall, William Scott and Henry Moore. The first major retrospective of Swanzy’s work was held in IMMA in 2018.

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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.