The Irish Museum of Modern Art presents an exhibition of some 250 works on paper, by more than 80 leading international artists, across a wide range of generations.
This private collection of works comes from the Spanish collector Mercedes Vilardell, which she assembled over the past few years in parallel with the increased interest in drawing as a medium. Vilardell has brought together works by such celebrated artists as Francis Alÿs, Louise Bourgeois, Dorothy Cross, Tracey Emin, William Kentridge, Martin Kippenberger, Gerhard Richter, Luc Tuymans and Lawrence Weiner, demonstrating the renewed importance which drawing has assumed in contemporary art over the past decade.
The curator Enrique Juncosa, Director of IMMA and himself a published poet, highlights the close relationship between drawing and poetry. Many different approaches to the art of drawing are to be seen, from the expressive to the conceptual, focusing especially on its experimental nature.
There are also a wide variety of techniques represented, from line drawing to collage, embroidery and text. Some have been created with conventional tools, such as pencil, ink or watercolour, while others have employed more unusual materials, including foodstuffs and bodily fluids. Link here.