The Institute of Modern Art's 2017 program has been announced with nine exhibitions and a raft of commissions by a diverse group of artists whose approaches to materials, space, and ideas give us new tools for perceiving and re-shaping the world.
February begins with two solo presentations by Willem de Rooij (11 February–13 April) and Fiona Tan (11 February–11 March); two artists whose work examines the relationship between the Asia-Pacific, Europe, and beyond though the lens of Dutch colonialism and its contemporary incarnations.
London-based artist Céline Condorelli (6 May–15 July) transforms the IMA with a new body of work supported by the Keir Foundation and co-commissioned collaboration with the 11th Gwangju Biennale in May. Condorelli’s solo show will treat the galleries as case-studies in what an exhibition can be.
In August the IMA will feature the first survey exhibition by Brisbane-based artist Ross Manning (5 August–28 October) who will take over the entire IMA with his exquisite interplays of light and sound.
The program ends with the first solo exhibitions in Australia by Argentinian artist Amalia Pica and collaborative artists Goldin+Senneby (both 18 November–3 March 2018).
In 2017 the two-year evolving project platform The Green Room wraps up with Jeremy Hynes Award recipient Liam O’Brien’s recent work, Possession (18 March–13 April); and the group exhibition Material Politics (6 May–15 July), which focuses on artists such as Archie Moore and Jemima Wyman with Zach Blas.
And two of the IMA’s celebrated exhibitions of Australian artists will travel to Europe and North America this year. Gordon Bennett: Be Polite shows at two venues in Canada; while Nicholas Mangan: Limits to Growth will be presented at KW Institute for Contemporary Art in Berlin.
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Ross Manning, dichroic filter piece (detail), 2012-14, dichroic filters, cut glass, dvd player, and projector. Dimensions variable. Courtesy the Artist and Milani Gallery. Photograph by Ross Manning.