Minister of state Fergus O'Dowd and Eoin McGonigal SC chair of IMMA at the launch of IMMA's programme (photo Liam Madden)

Minister of state Fergus O'Dowd and Eoin McGonigal SC chair of IMMA at the launch of IMMA's programme (photo Liam Madden)

An exhibition from IMMA’s Collection engaging with scientific themes in celebration of Dublin City of Science 2012; the  famous Ned Kelly paintings by the renowned Australian artist Sidney Nolan; a mid-career retrospective of the work of leading Irish artist Alice Maher, and a series of lectures on major developments in architecture to mark its tenure at the NCH site, are all part of a wide-ranging programme being presented throughout 2012 by the Irish Museum of Modern Art and announced on Thursday 29 March by Fergus O’Dowd, TD, Minister of State with Responsibility for the NewERA Project, in the National Concert Hall.

The 2012 programme also includes a film work inspired by the siege of Sarajevo by Albanian artist Anri Sara; an ambitious project by prominent Irish artist Garrett Phelan, involving the bell ringers of Christchurch and St Patrick’s Cathedrals; and a Neil Jordan film installation based on Samuel Beckett’s play Not I. The exhibitions and associated events are being presented across the NCH and RHK sites, due to the closure of the main building in Kilmainham for major refurbishment works during 2012.