While the main IMMA at the Royal Hospital is being renovated the city centre National Concert Hall building is being used for some exhibitions. The works are in rooms/lecture theatres of the old university school of medicine and comprise installations, paintings and audiovisuals.
In my view one of the best exhibits are the rooms themselves, preserved in their faded grandeur and many sporting the names of professors and lecturers.
The IMMA exhibition taken from its permanent collection is eclectic with some interesting works. There is a set of Marcel Duchamp colour lithographs on spinning turntables. If Sean Scully’s paintings do it for you, there is one on display. Personably most such works leave me largely underwhelmed.
The high point for me was the “Not I” installation, directed by Neil Jordan and voiced by the actress Julianne Moore. It is in a large space and comprises 6 large screens showing the same images. Very impressive.
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