Irish Film Institute -AS ABOVE SO BELOW


‘As Above, So Below: Portals, Visions, Spirits & Mystics’ is a major international exhibition taking place at the Irish Museum of Modern Art from April 13th to August 27th which examines the role of spirituality in visual art from a wide range of perspectives.

A saying often used to allude to the mysterious but familiar world around us, ‘As Above, So Below’ also hints at a duality or a mirroring of sorts, a striking and important feature that recurs in a number of the films selected here to respond to, reflect upon and interact with the varied themes that arise in the exhibition.

In keeping with the artworks in the exhibition, the films that feature here, from directors as diverse as Krzysztof Kieślowski, Ingmar Bergman, Barbara McCullough and Robert Altman, transcend the limitations of and expand upon what is conventionally understood as spiritual to embrace ideas around mysticism, ritual, human consciousness, the otherworld and the occult.

While a direct correspondence or through-line can be discerned in some instances – Alejandro Jodorowsky and Kenneth Anger feature both in the exhibition and in this film selection, thereby providing the opportunity to engage with their extraordinary work in different contexts – in other cases, the connections are less explicit, giving the viewer the chance to perceive for her or himself possible kinships between specific films and artworks.

‘As Above, So Below: Portals, Visions, Spirits & Mystics’ is co-curated by Sam Thorne, Director, Nottingham Contemporary, UK, and Rachael Thomas, Senior Curator, IMMA.  For more details on the exhibition see 

Introduction and film notes by Alice Butler.

Present your IFI cinema ticket from any of the IFI & IMMA: As Above, So Below season screenings at the IMMA Box Office and receive a 2 for 1 entry to the ‘As Above, So Below’ exhibition at the Irish Museum of Modern Art.

Terms and Conditions apply.

1. 2 for 1 entry to the ‘As Above, So Below’ exhibition at the Irish Museum of Modern Art is available on production of one full price ticket or valid booking to an ‘As Above, So Below’ season screening at the IFI.
2. Free ticket can only be redeemed in person at the IMMA Box Office.
3. Tickets are subject to availability, and possession of an IFI ticket or booking does not guarantee entry.
4. Offer ends 31/05/2017.
5. Not valid in conjunction with any other offer.


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