Wednesday, 5 October 2011

Irish Museum of Modern Art - Central Courtyard

Set in the glorious surroundings of the Royal Hospital Kilmainham, the Irish Museum of Modern Art has some fantastic exhibitions on at the moment in the form of Apichatpong Weerasethakul's For Tomorrow For Tonight and Out of the Dark Room: The David Kronn Collection.

For Tomorrow For Tonight presents a small collection of Weerasethakul's video, photography and installation work around the theme of night. In a fantastic touch, the work is presented in a series of gradually darkening rooms which combined with the video pieces of a old woman experiencing strange phenomena and visitations evoke the feeling of the night drawing in and dreams and memories stirring up. It's made me curious extremely to see his film Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives  for which this exhibition is a companion piece.

Out of the Dark Room presents a selection of pieces from the collection of Irish born American David Kronn. Ranging from 19th century Daguerreotypes all the way through end of the 20th century photography, with the work displayed together in themes such as portraits of children, abstracted landscapes and portraits of artists. It's fascinating to comparing and contrasting how different photographers explore these themes, with all of the work is of extremely high quality and well chosen.

For Tomorrow For Tonight ends October 31st and Out of the Dark Room ends October 9th.

Irish Museum of Modern Art - Central Coutyard

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