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About the Collection

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.


We are continuing our series of IMMA Members Online Events via the video conferencing platform, Zoom. We would be delighted for you to join IMMA’s Freud Research Fellow, Dr. Nathan O’Donnell, as he discusses the life and times of Lucian Freud at 7pm on Thursday 11 June.

The IMMA Collection Freud Project has being presented in several iterations in the Freud Centre since 2016. One of the major benefits of this duration is the possibility of sustained and extensive research, Nathan has been a key part of this research working on exhibition iterations, publications and symposia, exploring new aspects of Freud’s oeuvre.

If you would like to join what promises to be a fascinating and enjoyable reflection on one of the greatest artists of the twentieth century or have any questions please contact [email protected]

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About the Artist

Lucian Freud 1922–2011

Lucian Freud (1922-2011) was one of the greatest realist painters of the 20th century. Renowned for his portrayal of the human form, Freud is best known for his intimate, honest, often visceral portraits. Working only from life Freud’s studio was intensely private and he mainly worked with those he was close to, often asking subjects to sit for hundreds of hours over multiple sittings to better capture the essence of their personality.
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About Dr. Nathan O'Donnell

Nathan O’Donnell is a writer, researcher, and one of the co-editors of an Irish journal of contemporary art criticism, Paper Visual Art. He is currently Research Fellow at IMMA in relation to the IMMA Collection: Freud Project; he was lead curatorial researcher on the 2019 exhibition at the museum, Life above Everything: Lucian Freud and Jack B. Yeats. His first book, on Wyndham Lewis’s art criticism, is forthcoming from Liverpool University Press, and his work has been published in several scholarly journals, including Modernism/modernity and British Art Studies. His creative writing has also appeared in magazines including The Dublin Reviewgorse 3: AM, The Manchester ReviewSouthword, and The Tangerine, amongst others. He has been awarded bursaries from the Arts Council of Ireland and Dublin City Council, as well as artist’s commissions from IMMA, Dublin City Council, the Arts Council of Ireland, and South Dublin County Council. He lectures on contemporary art at Trinity College Dublin and on the MA Art in the Contemporary World at NCAD, Dublin. His first solo exhibition, The Centre for Indisciplinary Research, opened at Illuminations Gallery, Maynooth University, in March 2020.


Important Notice

To ensure the health and safety of the public, IMMA’s galleries will be closed from the evening of Friday 18 September until Saturday 10 October 2020. The grounds of IMMA and the RHK will remain open. Thank you for your cooperation.

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