Boulevard Magenta

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Being the  first issue of IMMA's biannual magazine. The first issue includedTerry Winters, who has contributed nine drawings incorporating texts by the American writer Ben Marcus to the publication.

The literary pieces include a short story by Colm Tóibín, based on an undeveloped plot from one of Henry James’s notebooks; a poem by Seamus Heaney, written in response to a painting by Colin Middleton; an excerpt from a forthcoming novel by David Mitchell and three poems by the Spanish poet José Carlos Llop. Also included is an unpublished interview with the Polish poet Czeslaw Milosz, carried out by the Swiss curator Hans Ulrich Obrist and the French artist Philippe Parreno just prior to Milosz’s death in 2004.

Several of the artists featured in the publication have exhibited at IMMA, such as Miquel Barceló, who is represented by a series of paintings inspired by creatures of the sea; Francesco Clemente, whose portraits include three of his fellow contributors, and Nalini Malani, whose watercolours combine Indian and Western mythologies. This first issue also includes ten paintings by Sean Scully, an exhibition of whose work will be presented by IMMA in collaboration with the Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane in 2011.

Boulevard Magenta also presents the design for a private house in Dublin by the London-based architecture firm Amanda Levete Architects, whose commissions also include the Spencer Dock Bridge; excerpts from the script for the long-awaited new film by Tran Anh Hung, and an unpublished early score by Kevin Volans.