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compiled by Peter FitzGerald

A scarce hour ago, Minister for the Arts Martin Cullen launched the Irish Museum of Modern Art’s 2009 programme. This year is front-loaded with a major show of (sometimes monumental) paintings by Hughie O’Donoghue (already open), and a collaboration with Project and the RHA to show works from the 1970s onwards by James Coleman (opens tomorrow evening). To come are outings for Calder Jewellery, Elizabeth Peyton, Terry Winters, Lynda Benglis and Alan Phelan, and it all ends with Picturing New York. There will also be a series of exhibitions drawing on IMMA’s own collection of works, and various pieces will be installed in the grounds of IMMA during the year.

at IMMA launch
caption: Marianne Kelly and Maeve Butler (both IMMA) and artist Alan Phelan at the IMMA launch; Phelan is showing at IMMA in July

at IMMA launch
caption:Karl Grimes (artist, DCU) and Stephanie McBride (lecturer, DCU) at the IMMA launch

at IMMA launch
caption: Sean Kissane, IMMA curator

at IMMA launch
caption: Mary Cloake (Arts Council) and Jack Gilligan (Dublin City Council)