The Director of the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Enrique Juncosa, today (Friday 17 November) welcomed the substantial increase in funding being made available to the Museum for 2007 by the Department of Arts, Sport and Tourism.
“This increase of 9.4% in funding for current expenditure, which equates to €470,000, will enable us to advance our activities in a number of key areas,” he said. “It will allow us to continue to develop the scope and scale of our exhibitions programme, which in 2007 will include such leading international artists as Lucian Freud and Georgia O’Keeffe. It will also enable us to increase our investment in our highly-regarded education and community programme, with a series of talks by prominent art world figures, a new strand of children’s holiday programmes and a conference in connection with our Artists’ Residency Programme.
Enrique Juncosa said that everyone at IMMA was deeply grateful to the Minister for Arts, Sport and Tourism, Mr John O’Donoghue, TD, and to the officials in his Department, for their unfailing support for the Museum and its activities. He also expressed the Museum’s appreciation for the additional funding of €1.7 million for IMMA’s acquisitions budget, announced by the Minister last week. “This special subvention will have a major impact on our plans for acquisitions to the National collection, and will assist greatly with our ongoing policy of addressing significant gaps in the Museum’s collection. It will also facilitate swaps with other international institutions, which are vitally important in the ongoing development of the temporary exhibitions programme. A further sum of €466,000 for the purchase of equipment will help us to move forward more quickly with our modernisation plans”, he said.
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