Irish Catalogue

14May10

The recent New Collection exhibition at IMMA Dublin, What happens next is a secret, ran from 26/1/10-18/4/10. It questioned what happens “when artworks become part of a museum collection and are subsequently shown in many different contexts.”

For me one of the most interesting aspects of the exhibition was a catalogue that evolved over the period of the exhibition. These are images from the various editions. You can see how each edition had more imagery or text overlaid in a new colour. A bit like the works in the exhibition have layers of meanings. A space can be both purposeful and suggestive, it can be positive or negative, text can have a new sequence to allow alternate ways of looking. Works can become more or less important to the reader depending on whether they are highlighted or overprinted.

The exhibition was curated by Marguerite O’Molloy, Assistant Curator: Collections, IMMA.

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