Gerard Byrne, A Thing Is a Hole in a Thing It Is Not (detail), 2010, five-channel HD video projection, sound, custom projection shutters, dimensions variable.


Gerard Byrne

Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA)
Royal Hospital Military Road Kilmainham
July 27–October 31

Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation | Lisbon
Av. de Berna 45A
October 1–December 1

Curated by Enrique Juncosa

This well-deserved midcareer survey of the work of Dublin-based artist Gerard Byrne will offer a comprehensive overview of the artist’s films, photographs, and installations, which creatively redefine the parameters of theatricality and reenactment, historical memory, and mediated construction. By thematically referencing—and, importantly, engaging and building on the representational structures of—modernist playwrights such as Bertolt Brecht and Samuel Beckett, Byrne’s projects make them relevant to postwar conjunctions of modernist architecture and visual culture, mass-media spectacle, and science fiction. Selected by IMMA director Enrique Juncosa, fifteen pieces from the past decade will be on view here, while a close reading of the artist’s practice will emerge from the accompanying catalogue, which includes essays by the curator, Sven Lütticken, Ute Meta Bauer, and others.