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The IMA is one of Australia’s oldest independent art galleries, and its history coincides with the development of contemporary art in this country. Its original mission from 1975 was to foster research and experimentation by Australian and international artists through exhibitions and publishing, and to educate the public about contemporary art. Over the course of forty years, the IMA has presented more than 500 exhibitions and supported over 2000 artists.
To mark our fortieth anniversary, the IMA is currently embarking on a year-long project, Imaginary Accord, which explores this institution’s historical mission, while imagining what it could mean today and for the future, through an exhibition, a lecture series, a symposium, and a publication.
Imaginary Accord exhibition, 11 April–11 July
The exhibition will grow and change over time, featuring artworks and other contributions by Agency (Brussels); Vernon Ah Kee (Brisbane); Gerry Bibby with Janet Burchill and Jennifer McCamley (Berlin/Melbourne); Zach Blas (New York); Ruth Buchanan (Berlin/Wellington); Céline Condorelli (London); Peter Cripps (Melbourne); Sean Dockray (Melbourne); Goldin+Senneby (Stockholm); Raqs Media Collective (New Delhi); Ross Manning (Brisbane); Marysia Lewandowska (Hong Kong/London); and Hito Steyerl (Berlin); with graphic design by Leaky Studio (Berlin).
What Can Art Institutions Do? lecture series, February through December
An integral part of Imaginary Accord is a series of lectures titled What Can Art Institutions Do?, featuring artists, curators, and writers, such as Anne Barlow, Director, Art in General (New York); Charles Esche, Director, Van Abbemuseum (Eindhoven); Maria Lind, Director, Tensta konsthall (Stockholm); Marysia Lewandowska, artist (Hong Kong/London); Elizabeth Ann Macgregor, Director, Museum of Contemporary Art (Sydney), Chris Saines, Director, Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art (Brisbane); and Adnan Yıldız, Director, Artspace (Auckland), who will further examine questions around public institutions and civic life.
What Can Art Institutions Do? symposium, 10–11 July
The two-day symposium will feature Nikos Papastergiadis University of Melbourne, (Melbourne); Terry Smith, University of Pittsburgh/University of New South Wales (Pittsburgh/Sydney); Raqs Media Collective, artist group (New Delhi), among many others.
Imaginary Accord publication
The book, Imaginary Accord, will be launched online and in print at the end of the year, and will include contributions from exhibiting artists and speakers.
Notes to the Editor:
Imaginary Accord is curated by IMA's Executive Directors, Aileen Burns and Johan Lundh.
The exhibition features fifteen artists and groups with eight new commissions, including Agency, Vernon Ah Kee, and Ross Manning.
Imaginary Accord will evolve over its duration with new works appearing and others changing.
Since its establishment in 1975, the IMA has been a leading venue for the production, presentation, and circulation of contemporary art in Australia.
Over the course of forty years, the IMA has presented more than 500 exhibitions and supported over 2000 artists.
The IMA focuses on commissioning new works by Australian and international artists at pivotal points in their practices, and connecting underrepresented artists with wider audiences.
The IMA is supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland, and from the Visual Arts Board of the Australia Council for the Arts, and through 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 (CAOs).
For more information about Imaginary Accord or the IMA, please contact Communications Officer, Sarah D’Ardenne, at email@example.com, or call +61 (0)7 3252 5750.