EL LISSITZKY: THE ARTIST AND THE STATE
With Rossella Biscotti, Maud Gonne, Núria Güell, Alice Milligan, Sarah Pierce & Hito Steyerl
30 July – 18 October
IMMA presents El Lissitzky: The Artist and the State, as we approach the centenary of Ireland’s Easter Rising and reflect on the vibrant artistic and cultural community who gave voice to a new image for the emerging state and a visual language for its’ politics. This exhibition places this local reflection within a broader global consideration of the role of artists in the imagination of emergent states of the early 20th century and a contemporary reflection on the task of the artist in relation to civil society.
The exhibition brings together a significant body of works from the Van Abbemuseum Eindhoven by the Russian avant garde artist El Lizzitsky (1890 – 1941), one of the most influential artists of the 20th century, who is shown here for the first time in Ireland. El Lizzitsky was an enthusiastic supporter of the Russian Revolution, for him the construction of the Soviet Union meant the opportunity to break away from traditional constraints. He used it to develop visions of a collective aesthetic of the new world, which he then embodied in his artworks.
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Gallery Discussion | El Lissitzky: The Artist and the State
Thursday 30 July, 11am – 12noon, Garden Galleries, IMMA
Exhibition Curators, Sarah Glennie (Director, IMMA), Annie Fletcher (Chief Curator, Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven) and Catherine Morris (art historian and curator) lead a gallery discussion on the new exhibition of works inspired by Russian artist, designer, teacher and theorist El Lissitzky. Book here
Lecture + Roundtable Discussion
Saturday 17 October, 12noon – 2.30pm, Lecture Room, IMMA
On the closing weekend of El Lissitzky: The Artist and the State, Catherine Morris presents a lecture on her research into the art historical and cultural contexts of Russia and Ireland, which links together the work and ideas of key revolutionary figures Maud Gonne, Yeats and El Lissitzky in the early years of the 20th-century. Followed by a discussion addressing Lissitzky’s enthusiasm for the revolution and the relevance of his ideas for contemporary artists and society, as Ireland approaches its centenary year of 1916. Discussion participants include; Rossella Biscotti, Núria Güell, Sarah Pierce, Annie Fletcher, Sarah Glennie and discussion moderator, Mick Wilson (Researcher, Valand Academy: Artistic Practice in Film, Photography, Fine Art and Literature at the University of Gothenburg). This discussion will be moderated by Mick Wilson (Researcher, Valand Academy: Artistic Practice in Film, Photography, Fine Art and Literature at the University of Gothenburg). A closing reception follows this event.Book here