A Must See – What We Call Love at the IMMA, Dublin

What We Call Love: From Surrealism to Now

Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin,  12 September 2015 – 7 February 2016

A Must See - What We Call Love at the IMMA, Dublin

I was so excited to visit the Museum of Modern Art for the What We Call Love exhibition last Sunday on its opening weekend. To visit and admire the work of some of my favourite artists with the two loves of my life, my husband Patrick and Smith our six month old son was very special to me.

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I have travelled extensively from Ireland to India, South Korea to South America and have always made Art Museums and Galleries top of my places to go/ things to see.  From Picasso and Damien Hurst at the Guggenheim Museum in Venice, Van Gogh at the Musée d’Orsay in Paris to the Museum of Modern Art in New York City with its numerous masterpieces. From paintings by locals to world-renowned artists, I love to explore.


However it is the utmost pleasure to be able to witness works of my favourite and soon to be favourite artists adorning the walls of buildings great and small on my own home soil … and to be able to introduce my son Smith to the glory of colour, texture and light is a wonderful feeling and an experience that will continue as he grows thanks to the wonderful museums, galleries and artists we have here in Ireland.


What We Call Love: From Surrealism to Now is a wonderful exhibition and one that should not be missed. Running from now until February, the exhibition takes place in the historical Irish Museum of Modern Art that opens six days a week from Tuesday to Sunday, so there really is no excuse not to witness it.

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 (IMMA)


Featuring modern and contemporary masterworks from greats such as Ernst, Dalí, Duchamp, Picasso, Warhol, Hirst and Yoko Ono, from renowned collections from top museums and galleries such as the Tate in London, Musee Picasso in Paris and the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh as well as from numerous private collections … this exhibition is one that appeals to all artistic preferences and explores the question of What We Call Love, or what have we ever called love.

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. How have seismic sociological changes concerning sexuality, marriage and intimacy, alongside developments in gender issues, affected the way we conceive love today? How does visual art, from Surrealism to the present day, deal with love and what can these artistic representations tell us about what love means in our contemporary culture? (IMMA)

Admission: €8.00 full price, €5.00 concession.

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