• Leonora Carrington, The Giantess, 1947, tempera on wood, 46 1/8 x 26 3/4".

    Leonora Carrington

    Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA)
    Royal Hospital Military Road Kilmainham
    September 18, 2013–January 26, 2014

    Curated by Seán Kissane

    Born in England to an Irish mother, Leonora Carrington began spending significant time in Paris at the age of nineteen, finding her community among the Surrealists before escaping to Mexico during World War II, where she lived out her adult life. Now, two years after her death at age ninety-four, Carrington is given her first full-scale retrospective—a survey of paintings, sculptures, tapestries, and works on paper from 1939 on. The exhibition, organized by theme rather than chronology, draws on Carrington’s writings and suggests some Irish folkloric roots for the mind-melting, fantastical imagery—from egg-guarding giantesses to bird-headed sages—for which this painter came to be known. The catalogue will include contributions from the curator and Carrington’s son Gabriel Weisz, among others, as well as a previously unpublished interview of the artist by Hans Ulrich Obrist.