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Irma Blank

© Vera Marmelo.
© Vera Marmelo.
© Vera Marmelo.
© Vera Marmelo.
© Vera Marmelo.

Curators: Johana Carrier and Joana P.R. Neves


Irma Blank’s work sparked from the disruptive experience of moving from her native country, Germany, to another, her husband’s, Italy, while being an avid reader and lover of language. She found out that “there is no such thing as the right word” and started off working on her first series Eigenschriften (which could be translated as “self-writings” or “writings for herself”). She considers all her work to be autobiographical and a form of universal writing. In her practice, linguistic and visual representation intersect, as she looks for a way of purifying language and setting it free from meaning. The line, traditionally a drawing tool, serves here as a way to empty the word, and, by the same token, create universal transmission.

The exhibition Blank will span a lifelong production of works, from the early series to the most recent ones, with an important focus on Irma Blank’s many handmade books. Like many women of her generation, Irma Blank’s work has been overlooked for too long, and has recently garnered the attention it deserves.

29 JUN
– 8 SEP 2019

Free entry on sundays  Tuesday to Sunday 11:00–18:00


FRI 28 JUN 22:00


29 JUN 16:00
WITH Johana Carrier e Joana P.R. Neves 
6 JUL, 7 SEP 16:00
WITH Ana Gonçalves 


4 JUL, 5 SEP 13:00
WITH Ana Gonçalves


Guided tour in portuguese Information and reservations
Tel. +351 21 761 90 78

ION is presented with the support of Onassis STEGI

The word is a stone
The word is a stone
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