About the Exhibitions Database

The NIVAL Exhibitions Database has been compiled to improve public access to the Library's extensive collection of files documenting art and design exhibitions in Ireland.  The files contain catalogues, press material and ephemera on more than 10,000 solo and group exhibitions from the period 1900 to the present.

The Exhibitions Database is a reference resource providing basic details on Irish exhibitions including title, date, venue, and artists represented.  A visit to the library is recommended to researchers seeking a comprehensive view of the actual files.

  • Title: Andrew Serrano - Torture.
  • Reference Code:IE/NIVAL EXB/14804
  • Variant Names: 2016 Void, Derry; exh: "Andrew Serrano - Torture."
  • Date: Unknown
  • Group Type: Solo

Scope and Content:

Curated by Conor McFeely. For his first solo exhibition in Ireland, Andres Serrano presents 'Torture'. Over the last year, in the French industrial town of Maubourguet, Andres Serrano assumed the role of the torturer. Using The Foundry as his black-site, he photographed more than 40 models in improvised positions with devices produced on-site by local residents. Both mental and physical techniques were utilised with the participation of his subjects, under the guidance of a retired Commando from the French Special Forces. This Danse Macabre recalls and points us to images and sources as widespread as Nazi Concentration Camps and Stasi interrogation centres to Abu Ghraib in Iraq and The Hooded Men in Northern Ireland who were subjected to reoccurring ‘deep interrogation’ tactics comprised of five techniques, wall-standing, hooding, subjection to noise, deprivation of sleep, and deprivation of food and drink. The vast compositions have been elevated to the status of Renaissance altarpieces and are among the largest images the artist has ever produced. Since the 1980’s Andres Serrano's work has continued to spark debate and raise questions about censorship, taste, public decency and acceptable modes of expression. In 1987 Serrano received international attention for his work 'Piss Christ', igniting a national debate on the freedom of artistic expression and the public financing of controversial artworks. Also included in this exhibition are two works from this era, Piss Christ and Black Supper from the Immersion series, both having shaped the artist’s global profile. “Torture almost seems to be a part of the human condition” Andres Serrano, VICE 2016 Recent solo exhibitions by Andres Serrano include Uncensored photographs, Musées Royaux des Beaux- Arts de Belgique, Brussels, Belgium (2016); The Denizens of Brussels / Residents of New York Congrès (gare),Brussels, Belgium, organized by the Musées Royaux des Beaux Arts de Bruxelles, Brussels, Belgium (2016); Ainsisoit-il ? Collection Lambert en Avignon, Avignon, France (2016); Ainsi soit-il Château de Villeneuve, Fondation Emile Hugues, Vence, France (2015); Redemption Fotografiska Museum of Stockholm, Sweden (2015).