Welcome to this site dedicated to the Irish Museum of Modern Art (Irish: Músaem Nua-Ealaíne na hÉireann) run by a company in Perth, Australia.
The Irish Museum of Modern Art is the primary national institution in Ireland for the collection, organization and exhibition of modern art. The art is displayed through a variety of often-changing exhibitions. A lot of the art displayed at the Museum is from the Museum’s own collection, though the Museum maintains a policy of hosting many visiting exhibitions throughout the year.
Of particular pride is the Museum’s award-winning Department of Education and Community. Through this, the Museum creates a wider access for the general public to art and artists.
The Irish Museum of Modern Art was officially opened to the public in May 1991. It is situated in Royal Hospital Kilmainham, which is a historic 17th century building to the West of Dublin’s city centre near Heuston Station. This building is modeled on Les Invalides in Paris with a central courtyard surrounded by long corridors with numerous interconnected rooms. This allows for a great variety in exhibitions or for a story to be told sequentially through the art. The old, almost baroque building provides a stunning counterpoint to the modern art, framing it beautifully.
Unfortunately, due to the style of the Museum, it is unable to house large works of art and it is difficult to move artwork around.
The Museum’s focus is upon contemporary art created by still breathing artists. It only buys from studios and galleries.
Donations of Irish art which dates from 1940 onwards are always welcome. Due to several generous gifts, a lot of progress has been made in achieving a representative collection of art from this period. Even though the Museum is very new (in Museum years), it has a surprisingly large collection with the capacity to mount exhibitions from its own collection. However, the focus has and will be on hosting exhibitions. It has a very active exhibition program.
Hopefully in time the Museum will be given more space to allow its dynamic exhibitions to be supplemented by a more permanent display of modern art.