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Motto IMA. Image courtesy of IMA and Motto, Berlin.
Mierle Laderman Ukeles, Touch Sanitation, performance, 1979–1980. Image courtesy the artist and Ronald Feldman Fine Arts, New York.
Sarah Browne, Something from nothing, 2014. Still from HD video, 19 minutes, b/w with sound. Image courtesy the artist.
The Institute of Modern Art (IMA) and its recently appointed Directors, Aileen Burns and Johan Lundh, are delighted to announce the re-launch of its venue on Saturday, 11 October, at 5pm. We will reopen with updated premises designed by Studio Miessen, a Berlin-based collaborative agency for spatial strategy and cultural analysis, which will include a new branch of Motto, a worldwide network of stores dedicated to books, magazines, artists' publications, and editions.
The Directors' inaugural program features a new body of works by Dublin-based artist Sarah Browne, Hand to Mouth, alongside a survey of New York-based Mierle Laderman Ukeles' Maintenance Art Works, which were produced between 1969 and 1980. Browne's exhibition departs from the historical relationship between the production of perishable textiles and invisible digital code, while Ukeles show explores life's everyday routines.
This is the first time that these artists are holding solo exhibitions in Australia and they are both exclusive to the IMA. Ukeles' exhibition is curated by Krist Gruijthuijsen, Director of Grazer Kunstverein. In conjunction with Ukeles' exhibition, the IMA is co-publishing Seven Ballet Works with Kunstverein Amsterdam, Arnolfini, Grazer Kunstverein, and Sternberg Press.
The IMA is also pleased to announce its new Advisory Committee comprising Maria Lind, Director, Tensta Konsthall, Stockholm; Nikos Papastergiadis, Professor in the School of Culture and Communication, University of Melbourne; and Raqs Media Collective, artist group, New Delhi.
Notes to the Editor
- Studio Miessen is a Berlin-based collaborative agency for spatial strategy and cultural analysis;
- Studio Miessen consists of a group of architects, designers, curators and writers currently working on projects in Europe, Asia, North America, and the Middle East;
- Motto is a worldwide network of stores dedicated to books, magazines, artists' publications, and editions;
- Motto Distribution started in Zurich in 2007 and has now expanded to a network of stores across Europe;
- Hand to Mouth is curated by Aileen Burns and Johan Lundh, and is co-commissioned with Centre for Contemporary Art, Derry~Londonderry, Northern Ireland;
- Maintenance Art Works 1969-1980 is curated by Krist Gruijthuijsen, and is a collaboration between the IMA and Grazer Kunstverein, Graz, Austria;
- Both exhibitions open 11 October and continues until 29 November 2014;
- This is the first time that these artists are holding solo exhibitions in Australia and they are exclusive to the IMA;
- The Advisory Committee is set up to support IMA's Directors and connect the institution nationally and internationally;
- Press previews are available by appointment 9 August, 10am onwards. Please contact Anna Zammit at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- The Browne and Gruijthuijsen are available for interviews from Wednesday, 8 October. Please contact Anna Zammit at email@example.com;
- Since its establishment in 1975, the IMA has been a leading venue for the production, presentation, and circulation of contemporary art in Australia;
- The IMA focuses on commissioning new works by Australian and international artists at pivotal points in their practices;
- The IMA receives financial assistance from the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland (major sponsor), from the Visual Arts Board of the Australia Council (the Federal Governments arts funding and advisory body), and through the Visual Arts and Craft Strategy (an initiative of the Australian Federal, State, and Territory Governments). The IMA is a member of CAOs (Contemporary Art Organisations Australia (CAOs).