Desire: A Revision from the 20th Century to the Digital Age is a major group exhibition that explores the evolving role of desire. In particular, the exhibition looks at desire’s relationship to structures of power, individualism and emerging collective actions. Featuring over a hundred artworks including painting, photography, installation, video, sculpture and performance, desire is traced from works of historical importance to present-day digital transformations.

The exhibition is the third in a trilogy of major international group exhibitions devised by IMMA to explore universal themes and their representation through art from the 20th and 21st centuries.

From the beginning of the 20th century to now, Desire: A Revision develops through the lens of the Eurocentric male gaze of the Surrealist artists and their influence in shaping artistic depictions of desire in contemporary culture. The exhibition examines how today’s crises of identity, anxieties over humanity’s impact on the earth, and an urgent sense of survival, have complicated our relationship to contemporary desire.

The exhibition includes performance works by artists Eddie Peake and Elaine Hoey, amongst others. Desire: A Revision takes the visitor beyond the conventional limitations of what is perceived as desire, working across both physical and digital realities.