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Irish Museum of Modern Art

Irish Museum of Modern Art logo Building and grounds
How IMMA was established
Legal Status/Funding
Profile of Director, Sarah Glennie
Board Members

The Museum’s mission is to foster within society an awareness, understanding and involvement in the visual arts through policies and programmes which are excellent, innovative and inclusive.

The Irish Museum of Modern Art is Ireland's leading national institution for the collection and presentation of modern and contemporary art. The Museum presents a wide variety of art in a dynamic programme of exhibitions, which regularly includes bodies of work from its own Collection and its award-winning Education and Community Department. It also creates more widespread access to art and artists through its Studio and National programmes.

Building and grounds

Formal Gardens, Irish Museum of Modern Art The Irish Museum of Modern Art is housed in the Royal Hospital Kilmainham, the finest 17th-century building in Ireland. The Royal Hospital was founded in 1684 by James Butler, Duke of Ormonde and Viceroy to Charles II, as a home for retired soldiers and continued in that use for almost 250 years. The style is based on Les Invalides in Paris with a formal facade and a large elegant courtyard. The Royal Hospital in Chelsea was completed two years later and also contains many similarities in style. The Royal Hospital Kilmainham was restored by the Government in 1984 and opened as the Irish Museum of Modern Art in May 1991. For further information on the heritage of the Royal Hospital Kilmainham please follow the link to the arrow link" hspace="0" src="/en/siteimages/arrow2.gif" align="bottom" border="0" /> Heritage Programme

IMMA - New Galleries and IMMA @ NCH at Earlsfort Terrace

IMMA at NCH at Earlsfort Terrace logo From 31 May 2012 the Irish Museum of Modern Art’s exhibitions programme will be based in two separate locations – the New Galleries in the grounds of the Royal Hospital in Kilmainham and the ground floor exhibition spaces in the National Concert Hall building in Earlsfort Terrace, IMMA @ NCH at Earlsfort Terrace . The move to the NCH building is due to the extensive refurbishment works being carried out at the main building at the RHK throughout 2012. The main building at IMMA will be closed from 1 November 2011 until 31 December 2012. For further information please click arrow link" hspace="0" src="/en/siteimages/arrow2.gif" align="baseline" border="0" /> here

How IMMA was established

First Floor, East Wing Galleries, Irish Museum of Modern Art The Irish Museum of Modern Art 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. The Museum was officially opened on 25 May 1991 by the, then Taoiseach Charles J Haughey. 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 has proved to be a valuable and popular addition to the country’s cultural infrastructure, attracting more than 400,000 Irish and overseas visitors from diverse social backgrounds each year, both to the Museum itself and to events organised throughout Ireland by our National Programme.

Legal Status/Funding

The Museum is a company limited by guarantee and not having a share capital. The company is funded by grant-in-aid through the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht and by sponsorship, franchise and own resource income.

Profile of Director, Sarah Glennie

Sarah Glennie, Director, IMMA The new Director of IMMA is Sarah Glennie, currently Director of the Irish Film Institute. Sarah Glennie has been working professionally in the cultural realm for sixteen years and has extensive experience of directing and working in a number of public cultural institutions in Ireland and Britain. Prior to joining the Irish Film Institute (IFI) in 2008, where she oversaw a major redevelopment programme, she was Artistic Director of the Model Arts and Niland Gallery in Sligo. While there she initiated a nationally and internationally significant programme, including The Eternal Now: Warhol and the Factory and an exhibition and unique performance by Patti Smith. She has also curated many other notable visual art projects, both in Ireland and internationally.

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Board Members

Matt Mullican, Untitled, 1989, Lightboxes and transparencies, 91.5 x 122 x 16.5 cm (each), Collection Irish Museum of Modern Art, Purchase, 1991 The Board consists of 14 members and a Chairperson appointed by the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht for a period of not more than five years. At the discretion of the Minister, individual members may be asked to serve a second or subsequent term.

The members of the Board and the Chairperson are artists and other people with an active interest and/or expertise in modern and contemporary art. They are appointed in their capacity as individuals.

The following is a list of IMMA’s current board member:

Only the Chairperson is eligible to receive a fee, set at €8,978, which he has waived. Expenses are paid to Board members in accordance with the guidelines and rules set down by the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform. Only vouched expenses are paid.


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