The Irish Museum of Modern Art (“IMMA”) is home to Ireland's National Collection of modern and contemporary art. Emphasizing works post-1940, the collection includes some 3,500 works. In addition to works by Irish artists, IMMA has works by international artists including Robert Rauschenberg, Louise Bourgeoi and Roy Lichtenstein.
Not all of the permanent collection is on display at any one time. Rather, IMMA presents the collection through a program of temporary exhibits. Exhibitions sometimes also include works on loan from the artists or from other galleries.
“IMMA’s mission is to connect audiences and art, providing an extraordinary space in Ireland where contemporary life and contemporary art connect, challenge and inspire one another.” Accordingly, IMMA also hosts artist projects and live performances of music, food and gardening.
In addition, visitors can talk with IMMA's Visitor Engagement Facilitators, who are knowledgeable about the exhibitions and contemporary art in general. The facilitators also give informal guided tours of the exhibitions.
IMMA is housed in the former Royal Hospital Kilmainham. Built in 1684 as a home for retired soldiers, the structure served that purpose into the 20th century. Designed by Sir William Robinson, it is similar in style to Les Invalides in Paris. The building and grounds were restored and opened as IMMA in 1991. While the exterior is quite grand, the interior rooms are plain, thus focusing the viewer's attention on the art work.
The museum's park-like grounds are open to the public during museum hours.
IMMA also has a cafe and a shop.
For information about visiting, see the IMMA website
For more places to see art in Dublin
Click here for our profile of the National Gallery of Ireland
Click here for our profile of the Hugh Lane Gallery
Click here for our profile of the Douglas Hyde Gallery
For more on travel to Ireland, see our Ireland home page
Above: IMMA is housed in the former Royal Hospital Kilmainham.
Below: The courtyard.
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