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06 Sep 2010

Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA)

The Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA) was established by the Government of Ireland in 1990 as Ireland’s first national institution for the presentation and collection of modern and contemporary art. Since its opening the Museum has rapidly established itself as a significant and dynamic presence in the Irish and international arts arena. It is widely admired by its peers throughout the world for the range and relevance of its exhibitions, for its innovative use of its growing Collection, for its award-winning education and community programme and for its visitor-centred ethos and facilities.

IMMA aims in all its activities to create for the public an enjoyable and engaging experience of contemporary art. It achieves this through a dynamic and changing programme of exhibitions and education programmes based in its home at the Royal Hospital Kilmainham and working with partners nationally and internationally. As the national institution for contemporary art IMMA is committed to supporting artists’ work, and works with artists and partners to support the development, understanding and enjoyment of contemporary art in Ireland.

IMMA is the home of the national collection of modern and contemporary art and takes responsibility for the care and maintenance of this national resource. IMMA ensures that it is accessible to visitors and beyond through exhibitions, collaborations, loans, touring partnerships and digital programmes.

The Museum's temporary exhibition programme regularly juxtaposes the work of leading, well-established figures with that of younger-generation artists to create a debate about the nature and function of art. In the past years this includes exhibitions by such prominent artists as Elizabeth Peyton, Alexander Calder, James Coleman, Hughie O’Donoghue, Terry Winters, Alan Phelan, Lynda Benglis and Philippe Parreno, from the United States, Ireland and France. Works being shown range from painting and sculpture to installation, photography, video and performance.

IMMA is home to the National Collection of modern and contemporary art, with over 3,500 artworks by Irish and International artists. The Collection is firmly rooted in the present and important new works are added to the Collection each year. Our collection of modern art is regularly enhanced by purchase, commission, donation or loan with a particular emphasis on work from the 1940s onwards.

The Education and Community Programme aims to foster within society an increased awareness and understanding of the visual arts by creating innovative and inclusive opportunities for people to engage with the Museum’s exhibitions and programmes, both as audience members and participants. It also seeks to create opportunities for meaningful exchanges between artists and the public.

IMMA's residency programme provides opportunities for artists, curators, critical writers and art professionals to research and develop their practices, it supports both emerging and established professionals, working in any medium by application or invitation and is open to Irish and international applicants. The residency is a unique programme which is submerged in the urban context of contemporary Irish culture, housed and mentored onsite at the Irish Museum of Modern Art.

The National Programme, now in its fifteenth year, is designed to promote the widest possible involvement with the Museum’s Collection and programmes, through creating access opportunities to the visual arts in a variety of situations and locations in Ireland. IMMA’s Collection is the focal point for each project. Reflecting the Museum’s commitment to promoting participation in, and understanding and ownership of the Collection through National Programme projects in locations outside the confines of the Museum itself.

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