The Irish Museum of Modern Art

Irish Museum of Modern Art Partners with Hennessy to Establish Acquisition Fund

The Irish Museum of Modern Art and Hennessy announced today that after agreeing to a new multiyear partnership they have created an acquisition fund to support artists who are not yet part of the museum’s collection. The fund will allow the institution to purchase work for the first time since 2011.

Director Sarah Glennie said, “Together with artists, and visionary partners like Hennessy Ireland, the museum works to support the development, understanding, and enjoyment of contemporary art in Ireland.” She added, “The Hennessy Art Fund for IMMA Collection is a key initiative in supporting this objective.”

Works will be chosen each year by a selection panel that will consist of Glennie; Christina Kennedy, head of collections; and a rotating independent guest curator. This year, Emma Lucy O’Brien was welcomed as the guest panelist. For 2016, the committee selected four installations produced by four Ireland-based artists: Kevin Atherton, David Beattie, Rhona Byrne, and Dennis McNulty. The works engage film, performance, new media, sound, found objects, everyday materials, and audience participation, and will be featured in the exhibition “IMMA Collection: A Decade,” which will run until January 2017.

Founded in Cognac, France, by Corkonian Richard Hennessy in 1765, Hennessy has been a longtime supporter of the arts. The company sponsors the Portrait Prize with the National Gallery of Ireland, the Hennessy Literary Awards, and Hennessy Lost Fridays with the Royal Hibernian Academy.