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Irish Museum of Modern Art, Ireland

The Irish Museum of Modern Art, or IMMA, is Ireland's leading national institution exhibiting and collecting modern and contemporary art. The museum opened in May 1991 and is located in Royal Hospital Kilmainham, a 17th-century building.

The Museum concentrates on acquiring contemporary art by living artist and buys only from primary markets: studios and galleries. It also accepts donations of art dating from 1940 onwards and through some generous gifts has made progress towards a representative collection of art of that period.

Given its youth the museum has a reasonable collection and it mounts selective exhibitions of its own collection. IMMA has a very active exhibition programme. The permanent Collection of the Irish Museum of Modern Art comprises some 1,650 works. The collection reflects some of the most exciting trends in Irish and international art with lens-based work by Marina Abramovic, James Coleman, Willie Doherty, Gilbert and George, Candida Höfer, Pierre Huyghe, Philippe Parreno, Issac Julien, and Paul Seawright, installations by Gerard Byrne, Liam Gillick, Ann Hamilton, and llya and Emilia Kabakov. Also, sculpture by Stephan Balkenhol, Dorothy Cross, Iran do Espírito Santo, Juan Mũnoz, Kathy Prendergast, Rebecca Horn and Corban Walker; and paintings by Barrie Cooke, Howard Hodgkin, Tony O’Malley, Philip Taaffe, Juan Uslé, and Jack B. Yeats.

The Royal Hospital in Kilmainham is a striking location for displaying modern art. Modelled on Les Invalides in Paris, it is arranged around a courtyard and the interior has long corridors running along series of modest interlocking rooms. This has made for some interesting and visually exciting exhibits, but the museum is limited it its ability to house large works of art.

The original stables of the Royal Hospital have been restored, extended and converted into artists' studios and the Museum runs an artist in residence programme. The Museum also has community and education programmes and a national programme whereby it exhibits works from its collection in other venues.

Opening Times

Saturday - Tuesday: 10.00am - 5.30pm
Wednesday: 10.30am - 5.30pm
Sunday and Bank Holidays: 12noon - 5.30pm
Last Admission 5.15pm

Mondays, Good Friday, 24 - 26 December: Closed

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Ticket Prices

Admission is free except for special exhibitions.

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Disabled Facilities

The East and West Ground Floor Galleries and the café and bookshop at IMMA are fully accessible to wheelchair users. Wheelchairs are available on request.

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More Information

Telephone: 00 353 (0) 1 612 9900
Email: info@imma.ie

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Royal Hospital
Military Road
Kilmainham
Dublin 8
Ireland

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