Exhibition "What We Call Love" at IMMA


From Surrealism to Now
Curated by Christine Macel, Centre Pompidou & Rachel Thomas, IMMA
12 Sept 2015 – 7 Feb 2016

Featuring modern and contemporary masterworks from the world’s leading collections by ABRAMOVIĆ, BRANCUSI, DALÍ, DUCHAMP, ERNST, GIACOMETTI, OPPENHEIM, PICASSO, WARHOL, YOKO ONO, and many more.

Love in the 20th Century, according to the poet Arthur Rimbaud, had to be reinvented. Nowadays, in a world full of crisis and conflicts, tensed between opposite ideals, and submitted to increased individualism and intense consumption, love is seriously threatened and regularly challenged. Paradoxically, love in the 21st Century has never been so linked to individual identity and happiness.

What We Call Love explores how the notion of love has evolved within the 20th century.

Featuring a fantastic collection of masterworks by some of the most important figures in modern art - such as Constantin Brancusi, Salvador Dalí, Marcel Duchamp, Max Ernst, Alberto Giacometti, Meret Oppenheim, Pablo Picasso; iconic works by the most significant artists of recent times – Andy Warhol, Yoko Ono, Marina Abramović, Louise Bourgeois, Nan Goldin, Damien Hirst, Rebecca Horn, Carolee Schneemann, Wolfgang Tillmans - and new commissions by artists Lucy Andrews, Séamus Nolan, Garrett Phelan and Jeremy Shaw - What We Call Love invites the audience to consider what love means to them with a series of talks, events, film screenings and debates alongside the exhibition.

Curated by Christine Macel, Chief Curator at Centre Pompidou, with Rachael Thomas, Head of Exhibitions at IMMA, What We Call Love features almost 200 works, including over 30 works on loan from major collections such as Centre Pompidou, Paris; Tate, London; Museé Picasso, Paris; Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh; The Felix Gonzalez-Torres Foundation, New York; Fondation Giacometti, Paris; British Council Collection; Musee d’art modern de la Ville de Paris; Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art; Collection institute d’art Contemporain, Rhone-Alpes; Marina Abramović Archives; and from numerous private collections and leading gallerists worldwide.

New commissions in this exhibition are part of the series New Art at IMMA, proudly supported by Matheson.
Presented with the support of the French Embassy in Ireland and Official Hotel Partner The Dylan Hotel.
Film series presented in collaboration with the Irish Film Institute.

@ Irish Museum of Modern Art
€8.00 full price, €5.00 concession (senior citizens and the unwaged), under 18’s and those in full time education free.
Info 01-612 9900 - info@imma.ie

Exhibition Opening Party
Friday 11 September, 6.30 – 9.30pm, IMMA galleries, courtyard and foyer
A celebratory evening of art, music and food to formally open What We Call Love at IMMA, featuring complimentary exhibition access, DJ sets and complimentary drinks courtesy of Guinness. Food available to purchase on the evening. No booking required. More info


Published on 28/09/2015

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