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Irish Museum of Modern Art opens exhibitions in three venues nationwide

Exhibitions from the Irish Museum of Modern Art’s own Collection open to the public in three venues nationwide this April, as part of IMMA’s National Programme, in locations ranging from Thurles, Co Tipperary, and Letterkenny, Co Donegal, to Wexford Town.

What lies beneath the surface opened to the public at Tipperary Institute of Technology, Thurles, Co Tipperary, on Tuesday 1 April. This exhibition focuses on paintings from the IMMA Collection from the figurative to the abstract. It also explores the physical nature of the painting process and the importance, placed by some artists, on the building of layers to create definition and texture within their work. Works by distinguished artists such as Robert Ballagh, Mark Francis, Louis le Brocquy and Patrick Scott are included in the exhibition. 

The Picture is Still opens to the public at the Regional Cultural Centre, Letterkenny, Co Donegal, on Wednesday 9 April. Comprising five film-works from the IMMA Collection, the exhibition features work by Irish and international artists Willie Doherty, Ann Hamilton, Marie-Jo Lafontaine, Gerardo Suter and Philippe Parreno.

Seven Leagues More opens to the public at Wexford Arts Centre on Monday 21 April. Part of a highly successful partnership between Wexford County Council, the Arts Council, Wexford Art Centre and IMMA, the exhibition celebrates the seventh year of Art Alongside – a visual arts project for primary schools supported and funded by Wexford County Council and the Arts Council. Seven Leagues More presents work from IMMA’s Collection, by artists including John Kindness, Alice Maher and Michael Mulcahy, alongside a selection of works created by schoolchildren as part of their involvement in Art Alongside

IMMA’s National Programme is designed to create access opportunities to the visual arts in a variety of situations and locations in Ireland. Using the Collection of the Irish Museum of Modern Art and exhibitions generated by the Museum, the National Programme facilitates the creation of exhibitions and other projects for display in a range of locations around the country. The National Programme establishes the Museum as inclusive, accessible and national, de-centralising the Collection, and making it available to communities in their own localities, on their own terms, in venues with which the audience is comfortable and familiar.

What lies beneath the surface continues at Tipperary Institute of Technology, Thurles, Co Tipperary until 10 April 2008.

The Picture is Still continues at the Regional Cultural Centre, Letterkenny, Co Donegal until 21 June 2008. 

Seven Leagues More continues at Wexford Arts Centre, Wexford, Co Wexford until 4 May 2008.

For further information and images please contact Patrice Molloy or Monica Cullinane at Tel: +353 1 612 9900; Email: [email protected]

3 April 2008

Important Notice


We would like to advise our visitors that our Main Reception area is closed for renovation from 22 April until mid-June.  A temporary reception is open on the ground floor next to the original main entrance. While we prepare to open our next exhibition Hilary Heron: A Retrospective on 24 May, there are two exhibitions to see Derry Film & Video Workshop and Self: Determination: Artists Commissions. IMMA’s gardens and café are open to the public.