RE/MAINS OF THE DAZE: an exhibition in three courses

Filmed and edited by Ste Murray /

REOPENING 1ST-30TH JULY: A three-part exhibition at the Goethe-Institut Irland’s Return Gallery curated by Art in the Contemporary World (ACW).

Goethe-Institut Irland 37 Merrion Square, Dublin 2
Open Monday to Friday, 12 noon-5.30 pm

c. 200 Leila Anglade, Alison Lowry, Alex Pentek, Belinda Quirke

NOUVEAUX IMMATÉRIAUX: inhuman symposium for the new sublime Nadia J. Armstrong, Tom Creed, Catherine Fay, Anna Maye, Katharina Steins

After the Century Simon Bhuiyan, Brian Cooney, Kristen Olson, Aisling-Ór Ní Aodha

RE/MAINS OF THE DAZE: an exhibition in three courses is the culmination of research into three historical exhibitions: Lucy Lippard’s ‘Numbers’ shows (1969-1974), Jean- François Lyotard and Thierry Chaput’s Les Immatériaux (1985) and Okwui Enwezor’s The Short Century: Independence and Liberation Movements in Africa, 1945–1994 (2001-2002). Each exhibition occupies a moment in the history of art as a disruption to the modernist construct of ‘the exhibition.’

Lippard reimagined the dichotomy between artist and curator and took the exhibition beyond the walls of the museum.

Lyotard and Chaput troubled the idea of the singular subjective experience and materialised the de-centered and fragmented condition of postmodernity.

Enwezor challenged Eurocentric museum spaces and exhibited African art in relation to independence and liberation movements of the 20th century.

The show at the Goethe-Institut presents three speculative projects designed by ACW’s incoming 2021 postgraduate cohort, each sharing the task of viewing a past exhibition through archival documents. RE/MAINS OF THE DAZE: an exhibition in three courses plays on the idea of the ‘remains’ of modernism filtered through the ‘daze’ of postmodernism, a self-referential fugue state that endures through historical habits.

RE/MAINS OF THE DAZE: an exhibition in three courses is presented by the Goethe- Institut Irland in collaboration with the National College of Art and Design in Dublin. ACW is the theory/practice MA/MFA in the School of Visual Culture at NCAD.

Photo by Ste Murray/

Due to ongoing Covid-related restrictions, the Goethe-Institut Irland is currently open to the public to a limited extent. The exhibition can be visited by up to 2 people at a time. Approx. visiting time 30-45 minutes. No booking required.

Please note that due to the protected structure of the Georgian building, the gallery is not wheelchair accessible.

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