Launch of Newly Extended Limerick City Gallery of Art

Limerick City Gallery of Art is delighted to present two major exhibitions to coincide with the launch of the newly extended Carnegie Building which will be officially opened by Jimmy Deenihan TD, Minister for Arts, Heritage and Gaeltacht, on Monday 16th January at 5pm.

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2012-01-04: Limerick City Gallery of Art [LCGA] is delighted to present two major exhibitions to coincide with the launch of the newly extended Carnegie Building which will be officially opened by Jimmy Deenihan TD, Minister for Arts, Heritage and Gaeltacht, on Monday 16th January 2012 at 5pm.

This celebration notably marks the 75th Anniversary of the inauguration of Limerick Municipal Art Gallery Committee in early 1937 and the subsequent initiation of what is now Limerick City Gallery of Art’s prestigious Collection.

This major extension and renovation, funded by the Department of Arts, Heritage and Gaeltacht through the Access II scheme, has reinstated Limerick City Gallery of Art in the Carnegie Building; an impressive contemporary art institution with state-of-the-art store facilities, purpose-built workshop spaces, a light, welcoming café and a renewal of the 1948 West Gallery.

These two exciting exhibitions A Vivid Imagination and Transitive Relationships were devised to embrace the historic and the contemporary; celebrating the important Collection held by LCGA, and also the best of national and local contemporary art practice.

A Vivid Imagination invited over 40 people who have been closely associated with LCGA to select pieces from the Collection which particularly engage them.

The title references Sean Keating’s speech when awarded Freedom of the City on the launch of the West Gallery extension in March 1948. Keating praised Limerick Corporation for it’s foresight to inaugurate a municipal gallery and expressed his impression of Limerick as ‘a city of dignity and manners’, whose ‘people had a vivid imagination and only needed a vivid vocabulary to be entirely distinctive'.1

This exhibition responds to Keating’s words, inviting the people of Limerick to delve into both imagination and vocabulary in describing how the LCGA Collection engages them.

Prominent national artists Bea McMahon and Mark O’Kelly are invited to present recent work and to select the work of three emerging artists, in a format that considers curatorial criteria.

Partly informed by their pedagogical experiences McMahon and O'Kelly have selected the best emergent practitioners from the east and west of the country; Transitive Relationships willshowcase the work of Lucy Andrews, Kevin Kirwan, Magda Marysia Wieckiewicz, Ramon Kassam, Emmet Kierans and Laura McMorrow.

Further relationships have emerged between the artworks, with threads of interest involving abjection, sinister undertones, materials poised on a moment of change and a process based interest in gathering, saving and selecting arising from some of the artworks.

Transitive Relationships 2 considers the artists’ engagement with the surrounding world and the notion that these interactions and process based investigations have a universal element

1 Limerick Chronicle, Saturday March 27th 1948. Article: Freemen of Limerick, Impressive Civil Ceremony – New Gallery Opened.

2 http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/transitive Transitive Relationships: in mathematical terms noting a relation in which one element in relation to a second element and the second in relation to a third element implies the first element is in relation to the third element’

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