Wilhelm Sasnal: 18th April – 21st September 2014

Lismore Castle Arts is delighted to announce that the annual international exhibition for 2014 will be a solo show by Polish artist Wilhelm Sasnal (b. 1972), ‘Take Me To The Other Side’, which opens on 18 April and continues until 21 September at Lismore Castle Arts, Lismore, Co Waterford, Ireland. Staged in collaboration with Sadie Coles HQ, the exhibition will feature new painting, drawing and film work.

’Take Me To The Other Side’ will explore the influence on Sasnal of the fairytales of Hans Christian Andersen. As a young boy growing up in 1970s Poland, Sasnal often read collected volumes of Andersen’s stories published in Polish. The vivid illustrations contained within these volumes have continued to inspire the artist’s practice. For this exhibition, he has created a new body of work which references those illustrations, realised in his signature reductive graphic style.

To coincide with the launch of the exhibition, there will be a panel discussion at Lismore Castle Arts on contemporary painting. Throughout the summer there will be a programme of events involving cultural commentators and a specially commissioned publication will be published in summer 2014.

In conjunction with the Sasnal exhibition there will be several exhibitions at the project space Lismore Castle Arts: St Carthage Hall. This space was launched in 2011, with the aims of expanding the LCA exhibition programme, whilst also invigorating a previously neglected building.

The season at St Carthage Hall begins with an exhibition curated by Matthew Higgs, Director of White Columns, New York which opens in March. This will be followed by an exhibition of work by emerging Polish artists, to coincide with the Sasnal exhibition, curated by Foksal Gallery, Warsaw. July and August will see the staging of a major project by New Zealand artist Nicky Deeley which explores “The Beasts of Lismore”. Following her recent exhibition at Turner Contemporary, we will be presenting a new work by Dorothy Cross made in response to St Carthage Hall in September. The 2014 season at will conclude with Origins 2014, a curated exhibition of works selected from the degree shows at Irish art colleges.

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