Imaginary places – In a Contemporary Sublime

The MAC’s Upper Gallery and Tall Gallery have been transformed once again, with two new exhibitions just opened.

20121118-235305.jpgWe attended the preview launch last Thursday night to take some photos of the exhibition spaces and captured a few art lovers deep in thought as they were drawn into the Peter Doig exhibition.

The two new exhibitions bring new life into the Tall and the Upper Galleries as Mary McIntyre brings us her exhibition, In a contemporary sublime, and Peter Doig brings brings us his exhibition, Imaginary places.

In A Contemporary Sublime in the Tall Gallery, Belfast-based artist, Mary McIntyre, explores landscapes by making links between painting and photography. The exhibition showcases Mary’s photographic work from 1999-2011, shown for the first time alongside historical paintings which have influenced her work. The historical paintings will feature L.S. Lowry’s work for the second time in the MAC’s Tall Gallery, with one piece from his series of seascapes, as well as works by Jacob Van Ruisdael and Jean Baptiste Camille Corot.

Speaking about her exhibition in the MAC’s Tall Gallery, the artist Mary McIntyre said:
“I’ve always been interested in the things we often overlook in the everyday. Life is made up of the ordinary and I’ve always been drawn to seeing the beauty in those places.”20121118-235301.jpg

In the Upper Gallery, where Robert Therrien’s incredibly popular ten foot table and chairs appeared when the MAC opened in April 2012, you will see the first wall-hung exhibition in this beautiful gallery with the highly distinctive paintings of internationally-acclaimed artist Peter Doig in his exhibition, Imaginary Places.

Although Peter’s paintings have been exhibited in major museums and galleries worldwide to international acclaim, including Tate Britain, this is the first significant exhibition of his work in Northern Ireland.

Imaginary Places brings together a number of significant works by Peter Doig from the early and mid-1990s. His rigorous approach to surface, texture and colour puts him among the most inventive painters of his generation, influencing both young artists and contemporaries.

MAC Curator, Hugh Mulholland said:
“We are delighted to present these two very different artists in our galleries, yet draw upon the similarities in the subject of their works. Mary’s photographs and Peter’s paintings focus on anonymous locations where the urban and natural worlds meet and the historical works in Mary’s exhibition are every bit as relevant in understanding Peter’s works. The focus on the natural environment is also continued in the Sunken Gallery with Claire Morgan’s beautiful sculpture ‘Gone to Seed’.”

Mary and Peter’s exhibitions run until 20th January in the Tall and Upper Gallery at the MAC and entry is free. For more information, visit


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