Ono and The Edge to open modern art exhibition fundraiser for Amnesty

YOKO ONO and U2’s The Edge team up in Dublin this week for what promises to be one of the biggest art events of the year.

On Thursday they will jointly open one of the most exciting exhibitions of new Irish art to go on show in years.

‘In the time of shaking’, an art sale, exhibition and fundraiser for Amnesty International takes place at the Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA). It will feature works by more than 100 celebrated Irish artists.

The cost of individual items range from €1,000 to €175,000 and, given the interest shown to date, it could raise millions of euro for Amnesty.

“It’s difficult to say how much will be made, but the first of these art sales in 1982 raised sufficient money to buy Amnesty Ireland its premises,” said UCD Professor Ciarán Benson, who devised the exhibition.

The show will present many new works by Irish artists including Louis le Brocquy, Patrick Scott, Sean Scully, Guggi, Dorothy Cross, Vivienne Roche and Maud Cotter.

“I asked the artists for something preferably recent, something which they judge to be their best. A few works have been painted especially for this sale,” Prof Benson said.

The museum is getting a taste for celebrity openings and drew a large crowd when Bono launched the Francesco Clemente show there recently.

This time it’s the turn of Ono, the peace campaigner, composer and artist.

She has been credited as one of the creators of the conceptual arts movement and her latest works are being shown at art museums in Liverpool, Detroit, Montreal and Tokyo.

The show’s title is taken from a translation of Psalm 27 which refers to ‘shaking’ as a metaphor for trouble.

The works will be exhibited in IMMA’s east wing from Friday, May 7 until Sunday, May 23. Admission is free. www.artforamnesty.org/shaking for details.

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