After a few drinks with Hennessy, Imma to start spending on its collection
The new Hennessy Art Fund will help the Irish Museum of Modern Art plug the gaps in its collection over the next three years
David Beattie, with his work The Impossibility of an Island (2016). Courtesy of the Hennessy Art Fund for Imma Collection, 2016
Kevin Atherton’s In Two Minds (1978-2014). Courtesy of the Hennessy Art Fund for Imma Collection, 2016
Rhona Byrne’s Bolthole (2012). Courtesy of the Hennessy Art Fund for Imma Collection, 2016
Launching tonight, the Hennessy Art Fund for the Irish Museum of Modern Art (Imma) Collection is a three-year initiative aimed at plugging some of the gaping holes in our national contemporary art collection following, more or less, a decade of funding drought.
At a value of €50,000 per year, the Hennessy fund is small beer compared to the €600,000 Imma once had for art purchases prior to the recession. While the Collections department at Imma would like a reinstatement of its ability to add key works by significant Irish artists, the Hennessy fund will help it do something about what, and who, is missing.