Irish Museum of Modern Art and Royal Hospital

 Irish Museum of Modern Art and Royal Hospital

5 Best Exhibitions

Visiting the Irish Museum of Modern Art is one of the things to do in Dublin. The beautiful scenery outside  the Irish

Irish Museum of Modern Art building

Irish Museum of Modern Art building

Museum of Modern Art premises is very appealing and alluring. You will have to sit for a while in the gorgeous garden outside to relish the mesmerizing feeling that would flush all over you at its sight.

Then you can progress to the newly opened bookshop to peruse and purchase the wonderful literal collections within. The Modern Arts displayed within the galleries will be the high points of your day at the Irish Museum of Modern Art. You will at this point realize that your choice to make this visit the first among the things to do in Dublin was an excellent one.

The Irish Museum of Modern Art is a famous attraction founded in 1991, within the former Royal Hospital designed by Sir William Robinson and founded by Duke James Butler. The building has been in existence since 1684, erected as a hospital to take care of retired soldiers by the Duke of Ormonde (James Butler) who was serving then as the Viceroy of King Charles II. It was renovated to house this wonderful modern art museum after being abandoned so many years. There are always fantastic temporary exhibitions based on a timed schedule ongoing at the museum, here are some of the 5 best current exhibitions, just in case you are wondering what to do in Dublin during your present visit.

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1. The Edge of the Landscape Exhibition – William Crozier

This exhibition is one of the current exhibitions that has been running since the 13th of October 2017 and will continue till the 8th of April 2018. It is on display at the East Wing of the Main Gallery throughout this period. This is a modern representation of the recollections of William Crozier who with an Irish citizenship was born in Scotland. His artwork is an amazing collection of the mixture of the different cultures experienced in his lifetime. He is known for his 1930 Glasgow and 2011 Cork. The most outstanding pieces within the collection on display is the Winged Figure, 1970 to 1975 piece, known as Oil on canvas too. West Cork Arts Center presents this exhibition in collaboration with the museum. Make this a must see event among the things to do in Dublin.

2. Porous Plane Exhibition – Lennon

This current exhibition has been set to run from the 13th of October 2017, till the 30th of September 2018. This is also showing at East Wing, Main Galleries, as a solo show of Lennon featuring all his famous collections right from1972 till date. Some of the pieces on display are the 1992 1/3/92B that is one of his pieces found in Irish Museum of Modern Arts. And there is another popular piece that was first debuted in 1972 in Lennon’s first solo exhibition in Dublin, this Folded/Unfolded MM 1972 (for Fiona) has been redesigned just for this ongoing exhibition at the IMMA. The latter is indeed an attraction, a master piece to watch out for while on this exhibition, its simplicity and uniqueness captured by attention from a distance.

3. Digital-Self Exhibition

This current exhibit started showing on the first of December 1st 2017 and would run till the 25th of March this year. You should see this exhibition if you are in town wondering what to do in Dublin. The display centers on the effects of technological advancement upon every individual as it relates to video, photography, digital interventions, web artwork and other IT related concepts.
This Digital-Self attraction includes pieces from the 1960’s from the ground-breaking presentations of Experiments in Art and Technology (E.A.T), to other current web based art work pieces. The piece called ‘In my dream I called myself’ 2017/18 current piece which is a web based artwork by Eilis McDonald really struck the chord for me. It proves to be the most exceptional piece.


4. War Changes Its Address – The Aleppo Paintings Exhibition

This very new exhibition just started this year precisely on the 26th of January 2018 running till the 6th of May 2018. You can view it at the East Ground of the Courtyard Galleries, and it will still be running there till the end of the show. Brain Maquire which is the artist behind this exhibit got the inspiration of the artworks and exhibition after he visited Syria in 2017. And the ongoing show features all his recent work as a result of this inspiration. The Alepo 4/2017/ Acrylic on Linen is a very prominent and outstanding piece on exhibition. If you just got into town, make this must-see attraction your foremost event among the things to do in Dublin.

5. Freud Project: The Ethics of Scrutiny Exhibition – Curated by Daphne Wright

This exhibition began just recently on the 15th of February and will end on the 2nd of September 2018. It can be viewed at the Freud center, featuring 52 art pieces of the most famous Lucian Freud who lived from 1922 to 2011. His works on exhibition were curated by Daphe Wright for this current display, all of which has been loaned to the Irish Museum of Modern Arts for a period of five years. This is recommend as one of the best pieces the “Kissing the Floor 2014” piece by Marlene Dumas as the best attraction among all other pieces.



The Irish Museum of Modern Art is  also known as IMMA. It is located in the magnificent, elegant and renovated 17th century Royal Hospital. One of the oldest buildings in Ireland has turned into a real artistic gem of art.

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