Major new acquisitions announced by IMMA  

by Alex Greaney
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Alex Greaney 

Last Friday Minister Catherine Martin announced the acquisition of over 100 works of contemporary art to the National Collection.

This was supported by an allocation of €1.5m from the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport, and Media to the Irish Museum of Modern Art and the Crawford Art Gallery. The purpose of the award was to respond to significant gaps identified in the Collections of the National Cultural Institutions. These new additions to the National Collection will ensure that it is more representative of the diverse communities of contemporary Ireland. 

The new works include painting, sculpture, photography, installation, works on paper, digital media works, and textiles, by both Irish and international artists. The acquisitions, which encompass pressing issues including climate change, diversity, and global migration, will ensure that seminal artists previously missing from the National Collection are now represented.  

Bernadette Kiely, Cork or Venice (who cares, who can tell), 202223, Oil on canvas, 186 x 204 cm,

Minister Martin, said: “It is critical that our National Collection speak to Irish audiences about the issues that matter now. This significant investment in acquisitions at IMMA and the Crawford delivers on that need and strengthens the holdings of both institutions. It is heartening to see generations of artists finally find their home in the Collection and to see the complexity and diversity of our nation reflected in these exciting works.” 

Endless Willie Doherty 2020

Director of the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Annie Fletcher, stated: “The impact of this acquisitions funding cannot be underestimated. It has re-focused and reinvigorated the Irish Museum of Modern Art’s resolute determination to build a vital, accessible, and ambitious world class Collection for Ireland. We recognise and sincerely thank Minister Martin’s commitment to the arts and for her department’s support in realising these strategic aims with our valued colleagues in the Crawford Art Gallery. This important injection of funding matches our ambitions and commitment to make IMMA a significant site and resource of Irish and international artwork for the Irish public now and into the future.”   

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