Seán Kissane, Curator, Exhibitions, IMMA, discusses the major retrospective Mary Swanzy, Voyages. Mary Swanzy is arguably Ireland’s first ‘modernist’ painter and this is the first major retrospective of her work since 1968. The exhibition offers a timely review of Swanzy’s work, demonstrating her early mastery of Modernist styles, her wide travels, idiosyncratic feminism and forward-thinking ideas that makes Swanzy such a fascinating artist to explore in our times.
This talk is programmed in the context of the exhibition Mary Swanzy, Voyages, 26 October 2018 – 17 February 2019. This IMMA initiated exhibition aims to reintroduce our audiences to this artist’s extraordinary achievements and reinstate her as a Modern Irish Master. A fully illustrated monograph accompanies the exhibition with text by Seán Kissane and a biography by Liz Cullinane. The exhibition is presented as part of the IMMA Modern Masters Series.
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