IMA Media / Press Images

Media | IMA 2017 Program

Exhibition Title:

IMA 2017 Program

Exhibiting Artists:

Willem de Rooij, Fiona Tan, Liam O'Brien, Céline Condorelli, Archie Moore, Jemima Wyman, Ross Manning, Amalia Pica, Goldin+Senneby

Curated By:

Aileen Burns & Johan Lundh

Céline Condorelli Á Droite et à Gauche (Sans Lunettes) [On the Right and on the Left (Without Glasses)], 2016. Installation view, Gwangju Biennale Photograph by Johann Arens

Céline Condorelli Á Droite et à Gauche (Sans Lunettes) [On the Right and on the Left (Without Glasses)], 2016. Installation view, Gwangju Biennale Photograph by Johann Arens

Press Release:

The World's Best Contemporary Art Comes in Brisbane

Announcing the 2017 IMA Exhibition Program

For more than forty years the IMA has been commissioning and presenting works by Australian and international artists at pivotal points in their practices, often curating the first solo exhibitions by such artists in Australia. In 2017, we present nine exhibitions featuring some of the most vital art of our time. Of these, four are the first time that Australian audiences will experience solo presentations of their work. Alongside these international firsts, there is also a selection of exceptional Australian art that examines our local context.

A Visionary Group of Artists

The IMA’s program is driven by Directors and curators Aileen Burns and Johan Lundh, who since taking up the role in 2014, have brought their unique vision and international connections to transform the IMA into a global forum for contemporary art. Previous exhibitions under their directorship have included solo exhibitions by Hito Steyerl (recently named as number 7 in ArtReview’s ‘Power 100’ list of the most powerful people in the contemporary art world), Slavs and Tatars, and Gordon Bennett.

Burns and Lundh state, “we are delighted to be working with such a diverse and visionary group of artists in 2017. Their approach to materials, space, and ideas will regularly transform the IMA and give us new tools for perceiving the world. It promises to be a year of both playful aesthetic adventures that push the limits of art, and careful critiques of the challenges facing us in these uncertain times. We look forward to sharing these utterly captivating artistic visions with our audiences next year”.

Willem de Rooij, 11 February–25 March 2017

2017 begins with a major exhibition by one of Europe’s most influential and acclaimed contemporary artists, Willem de Rooij. For his first solo exhibition in Australia, de Rooij presents a number of works that reflect on the Dutch colonial project and its contemporary incarnations. In particular, a series of sublime textiles trace the global colonial legacy of the Dutch textile industry, including Indonesia. Showcasing his multilayered and complex approach to materials and concepts, the exhibition also includes a selection of monumental floral bouquets, among other works.

Fiona Tan, 1 April–29 April 2017

Following on from de Rooij’s exhibition we present the film installation Nellie (2013) by Australian/Dutch/Indonesian artist Fiona Tan. This is a work in which Tan explores the relationship between the Asia-Pacific and Europe. Nellie takes its point of departure from the imagined life of a forgotten woman, Cornelia van Rijn, who was the daughter of the famed seventeenth century painter Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn. At the age of fifteen she emigrated to Batavia, present day Jakarta.

Liam O’Brien,  1 April–29 April 2017

Winner of the most recent biannual Jeremy Hynes Award celebrating experimental Queensland art, Liam O’Brien, will present his new video installation, Possessions.

Céline Condorelli, 6 May–15 July 2017

In May we feature the work of London-based artist Céline Condorelli in a collaboration with the 11th Gwangju Biennale, with whom we have co-commissioned a new body of work, supported by the Keir Foundation. Condorelli’s solo show evolves from its premiere at the Biennale in late 2016, and will span the IMA’s galleries and courtyard. Drawing on historical and contemporary exhibition design legacies, she will create a dynamic series of installations that bring the outside in, and inside out.

Material Politics, 6 May–15 July 2017

Concurrently, the IMA will present the group exhibition Material Politics, which brings together a number of recent and newly commissioned works by Australian artists who are using everyday materials. It looks back at one of the IMA’s most memorable exhibitions, Recession Art and Other Strategies (1985), curated by then IMA Director Peter Cripps. Material Politics connects the longstanding tendency in Australian contemporary art to the present moment, with a focus on those artists who use readily-available materials for more than economical reasons, including Archie Moore and Jemima Wyman.

Ross Manning, 5 August–28 October 2017

On the back of this Australian focus, the IMA is thrilled to be presenting the first-ever survey exhibition by Brisbane-based artist, Ross Manning, in August 2017. Also known for his use of everyday materials, his IMA show will feature new commissions that repurpose florescent tubes, ceiling fans, and outmoded technology for exquisite interplays of light and sound. In what is a transformative opportunity for a local artist, the four-gallery exhibition will be complemented by the publishing of his first monograph.

Amalia Pica | Goldin+Senneby, 18 November 2017–3 March 2018

The year ends with yet more ambitious Australian firsts: two solo exhibitions by celebrated Argentinian artist Amalia Pica, and the Stockholm-based duo Goldin+Senneby, both in November. Pica’s whimsical sculptures, installations, performances, and drawings explore both our desire to be understood and the inherent imperfections embedded in our modes of communication. Goldin+Senneby are concerned with the ambiguities of virtual worlds and offshore companies, strategies of withdrawal and subversive speculation. Their IMA exhibition links a number of international institutions across Europe, North and South America, mimicking modes of production used by multinational corporations and exposing the flows of global capital.

IMA Travelling Exhibitions

International audiences will also have the opportunity to experience two of the IMA’s celebrated exhibitions of Australian artists. Gordon Bennett: Be Polite travels to two venues in Canada, at Vancouver’s Contemporary Art Gallery; and the McMaster Museum of Art in Hamilton, Ontario. The recently opened solo exhibition by Nicholas Mangan: Limits to Growth will be presented at the prestigious KW Institute for Contemporary Art in Berlin, who co-produced the exhibition with the IMA and Monash University Museum of Art, Melbourne.

2017 Exhibition Dates

Willem de Rooij
11 February–13 April 2017

Fiona Tan
1 April–29 April 2017

Liam O’Brien
1 April–29 April 2017

Céline Condorelli
6 May–15 July 2017

Material Politics
6 May–15 July 2017

Ross Manning
5 August–28 October 2017

Amalia Pica
18 November 2017–3 March 2018

18 November 2017–3 March 2018

IMA Travelling Exhibitions

Nicholas Mangan: Limits to Growth
2 June–13 August 2017
KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin

Gordon Bennett: Be Polite
30 June–17 September 2017
Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver
January–March 2018 McMaster Museum of Art, Hamilton, Ontario


Dutch-born artist Willem de Rooij lives and works in in Berlin. His practice combines different media, from sculpture to photography, film and text. De Rooij analyses the conventions of presentation and representation through constructing tensions between historical, political, and autonomous sources. His recent exhibitions include MMK2, Frankfurt am Main; Le Consortium, Dijon; Witte de With, Rotterdam; Kunstverein München, Munich; Friedrich Petzel Gallery, New York; and Neue Nationalgalerie, Berlin. De Rooij’s work can be found in collections at the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; MUMOK, Vienna; Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin; Centre Pompidou, Paris; MOCA, Los Angeles; and MOMA, New York. De Rooij has studied at the University of Amsterdam, the Gerrit Rietveld Academie, and the Rijksakademie in Amsterdam; and is Professor of Fine Art at the Staatliche Hochschule für Bildende Künste, Städelschule in Frankfurt.

Born in Indonesia, and raised in Australia, artist Fiona Tan now lives and works in Amsterdam. Her work explores the representation of others and the self, and our place within history and time. Her recent exhibitions include Izu Photo Museum, Shizuoka, Japan; The National Museum of Art, Architecture, and Design, Oslo; MUDAM, Luxembourg; Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt; Tel Aviv Museum, Israel; BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, UK; Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography & National Museum of Art, Osaka; Kunstzone, Rabobank, Utrecht; Fondazione MAXXI, Rome & Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia; Museum van Loon, Amsterdam; and Museum of Gegenwartskunst, Siegen, Germany.

With particular interest in the construction of individuality and the ambiguities of personal freedom, Liam O’Brien utilises personal experience, intuition and theoretical texts to produce video and performance works that explore the human condition under advanced capitalism. Graduating from the Queensland College of Art (Griffith University) with 1st class honours in 2010, O’Brien has spent the last 4 years developing his practice through a number of local and interstate exhibitions. In 2013 O’Brien completed a commission for Artbank’s Performutations video series, undertook a residency at 501 Artspace in Chongqing, China and was named a recipient of the Art & Australia/Credit Suisse Private Banking Contemporary Art Award.

Céline Condorelli is an Italian and French artist and architect based in London, who creates sculptural supporting structures. Her recent exhibitions include the Gwangju Biennale; Liverpool Biennial; Kunsthalle Lissabon, Portugal, 2016; HangarBicocca, Milan, 2015, Chisenhale Gallery, London; Van Abbemuseum, Netherlands; Museum of Contemporary Art Leipzig, Germany; Eastside Projects, Birmingham; Gävle Konstcentrum, Sweden;  Grundy Art Gallery, Blackpool, United Kingdom; Project Art Centre, Dublin; Grazer Kunstverein, Austria; Castello di Rivoli, Italy; and SALT Istanbul. She is the author and editor of Support Structures, Sternberg Press (2009), and one of the founding directors of Eastside Projects, Birmingham. Condorelli has a PhD from Goldsmiths College in London, and is a Professor at the Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti, Milan.

Ross Manning is a Brisbane artist whose practice spans experimental music, new technologies, and immersive installations that often involve the play of light. His recent exhibitions include Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, New Plymouth; Milani Gallery, Brisbane; Loop, Seoul; University of Queensland Art Museum, Brisbane, AU; Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane; The National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul; Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane; National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne; Dark Mofo, Hobart; and 19th Biennale of Sydney, Sydney. In late 2016, Manning will present major new works at the Shanghai Biennale and at Carriageworks, Sydney. He is represented by Milani Gallery, Brisbane.

Amalia Pica is an Argentinian artist based in London. Her sculptures, installations, drawings, photographs and performances explore human connection through communication. She has had recent exhibitions at Kunst Halle Sankt Gallen, Switzerland; Marc Foxx Gallery, Los Angeles; Chisenhale Gallery, London; Malmö Konsthall, Sweden; New Museum, New York; Menil Collection, Houston; Serpentine Gallery, London; Kunsthalle Basel, Switzerland; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; University of Michigan Museum of Art, Ann Arbor; Modern Art Oxford, Oxford; MIT List Visual Arts Center, Cambridge, Massachusetts; Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago; Museo Rufino Tamayo, Mexico City; Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Neuquén, Argentina; Hayward Gallery Project Space, London; the Venice Biennale; and the New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York. Pica has a Bachelor of Arts from the the Escuela Nacional de Bellas Artes P.P. in Buenos Aires, and attended the Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten in Amsterdam.

Goldin+Senneby is a collaborative framework created by artists Simon Goldin and Jakob Senneby formed in 2004 and based in Stockholm. Through notions of the performative and virtual, Goldin+Senneby explore juridical, financial, and spatial constructs. They had their first survey show in 2016 with Tensta konsthall in Stockholm. Other solo presentations include Checkpoint Helsinki (2015); Artspace NZ, Auckland (2013); Contemporary Art Centre, Vilnius (2011); Kadist, Paris (2010); Index, Stockholm (2009); and The Power Plant, Toronto (2008). They have participated in the 11th Gwangju Biennale (2016); 13th Istanbul Biennial (2013); Manifesta 9, Genk (2012); and the 28th Bienal de Sao Paulo (2008)

IMA Directors Aileen Burns and Johan Lundh are available for interview.

For media enquiries and high res images, please contact Nadia Buick, Communications and Public Programs Officer:, 3252 5750.


The IMA is supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland, the Australian Government through Australia Council for the Arts, and the Visual Arts and Craft Strategy, an initiative of the Australian Federal, State, and Territory Governments. The IMA is a member of Contemporary Art Organisations Australia.

The IMA’s 2017 exhibition program has been generously supported by Australia Council for the Arts; Arts Queensland; Brisbane City Council; Creative Partnerships Australia; the Keir Foundation; Mondriaan Fund; and our Commissioners Circle and Supporters Group.

Further Info

Please contact our media department with any questions, or if you require any further information or images.