A biannual magazine of the arts and letters published by the Irish Museum of Modern Art.
Echoing early international avant-garde magazines, Boulevard Magenta focuses on art practice without excluding any discipline. IMMA has organised numerous projects involving not only artists but also writers, architects, musicians, filmmakers and dancers. Boulevard Magenta acknowledges the interconnection between art forms, and offers our audiences the context and background to understand, learn from, and enjoy more fully contemporary culture.
In this issue we proudly publish an excerpt of the film script of Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives, the latest masterpiece by the Thai filmmaker Apichatpong Weerasethakul, which won the Palme d’Or in the most recent Cannes Film Festival and who will have an exhibition at IMMA next summer. The excerpt of the script is accompanied by several still photographs of the film. Apichatpong Weerasethakul has also made a new photograph for IMMA editions.
We are publishing the first pages of the score of the Requiem written by György Ligeti (1923-2006) in the 1960s. Ligeti was one of the major figures of 20th century music and his work was popularized by Stanley Kubrick who used his music as a soundtrack for some of his films. Ligeti and the Catalan artist Antoni Tàpies were friends, and we think it is great to have them both in this issue. IMMA is preparing a retrospective of Tàpies for 2013. Other visual artists in this issue include Fergus Martin, who already made a cameo appearance with John Banville in issue 2, Dorothy Cross, from Ireland, and Mark Manders, from the Netherlands. All of these artists have previously shown at IMMA and are represented in its collection. We are including images by the late Barry Flanagan, to whom this issue is dedicated, including a remembrance of his days in Ibiza by his friend, collaborator and writer Richard McNeff, who is finishing a book on Barry’s work. Works by Fergus Martin and Barry Flanagan are permanently on display in the grounds of IMMA.
This issue also presents a diverse array of previously unpublished poetry by Pedro Serrano from Mexico, some prose poems by Jean Frémon, a writer involved in the visual arts, John Yau from the USA, Ranjit Hoskote from India – both Yau and Hoskote are also well known for their involvement within the visual arts, and Pat Boran and Nick Laird from Ireland. We believe that all these contributions make for a very exciting mix.
The literary aspect of this issue is further complemented by a story by Frederic Tuten, who is involved in the visual arts, the story was written for Jeff Koons, and previously published in a catalogue for the artist accompanying a show at the Serpentine Gallery in London, and a new story by Hungarian novelist László Krasznahorkai, which along with Ligeti give this issue a Central European flavour.