Franz Ackermann

Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA)
Royal Hospital Military Road Kilmainham
July 20–October 23

Curated by Rachael Thomas

Despite fifteen straight years of globetrotting, it seems there are still a few locales that the peripatetic psycho-cartographer Franz Ackermann has yet to survey. The Berlin-based artist’s first solo show in Ireland—accompanied by a catalogue with essays by IMMA senior curator Rachael Thomas, director Enrique Juncosa, and Daniel Birnbaum—features about thirty recent works, including his trademark “mental maps,” and five newly commissioned wall paintings and installations. The contradictions of contemporary Ireland—where the “Celtic Tiger” economy continues to grow, even as poverty levels remain among the highest in the industrialized world—should provide especially fertile territory for Ackermann’s artistic peregrinations.