Ireland’s premier modern art institution, IMMA – the Irish Museum of Modern Art – is home to the nation’s collection of modern and contemporary art. Established by the government of Ireland in 1990, IMMA opened in 1991 and, since then, has featured a dynamic and evolving series of exhibitions, events, and programs, which are designed to engage the general public with the museum’s collections while supporting and promoting Irish artists.
Through its award-winning Education and Community programmes and regularly scheduled talks, lectures and events, IMMA strives to create a meaningful, visitor-centric experience for museum guests of all ages, while increasing awareness and understanding of the visual arts, and connecting the general public with artists. IMMA is also committed to providing artists, curators, critical writers and art professionals with opportunities to develop their practice through the IMMA Residency Programme. This unique programme allows artists – emerging or established, working in any medium – the chance to benefit from IMMA’s multitude of resources while expanding and exploring their studio practice.
IMMA is housed in the Royal Kilmainham Hospital, one of Dublin’s most iconic buildings and a prime example of 17th century architecture. The building was originally constructed some time between 1680 and 1684, before being renovated and refurbished by the Office of Public Works in the 1980s and 1990s.