IMMA Announce Landmark Queer Artists For 2019 Season

Wolfgang Tillmans, Brian Teeling and Derek Jarman will have their works featured in the year to come.

A still of two men embracing in a Derek Jarman film. IMMA will feature the artist's work next year.

The Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA) has announced their upcoming season and the lineup features some incredible queer artists.

Among those featured is PROTEST!, a major retrospective of the work of British artist and filmmaker Derek Jarman. Considered to be one of the most influential figures in twentieth-century British culture, Jarman trained as a painter at the Slade School alongside David Hockney and Patrick Proctor. Dubbed by art critics as a “true renaissance man”, Jarman’s work encompasses painting, sculpture, film-making, writing, gardening, theatre-design and pop videos. Additionally, he is also well-known for his important queer agit-prop and political activity.

Jarman himself has been the subject of major exhibitions at the Serpentine in London, the Tate and the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. Marking 25 years since his death, PROTEST! will see the diverse strands of Jarman’s work come together for the first time.

Moreover, the Irish Film Institute will show a film retrospective of his work in late 2019.

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Catch PROTEST! at IMMA between November 2019 and February 2020.

April 2019 will see the launch of A Vague Anxiety, a new group exhibition of emerging Irish and international artists addressing some of the broader concerns of Generation Y. The instalment will examine issues from political points of departure such as borders, housing, the environment, as well as personal issues such as mental health, hookup culture and gender identity.

A Vague Anxiety will feature a diverse range of artists who work in traditional painting, sculpture and photography, as well as installation, social media, street art, workshops, dance, performance and club culture. Artists include Marie Farrington, Saidhbhin Gibson, Helio Léon, Brian Teeling, Susan Wawra and many more. A Vague Anxiety runs between April and August 2019.

Wolfgang Tillmans’ Rebuilding the Future, which was curated especially for the IMMA galleries, will continue until February 17 2019. The exhibition comprises over 100 works and captures Tillmans’ unique way of working. Rebuilding the Future mixes work from throughout his career and in numerous formats and is not to be missed.

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