• Installation view, National Art: A Simplistic View, ‘Queensland Series’, Robert MacPherson, 1978. Photograph: Richard Stringer

  • Installation view, Second Language, Andrew Arnaoutopoulos, John Conomos, Chris Caines, David Haines, Elizabeth Gertsakis, Pollyxenia Joannou, Eugenia Raskoloulos, Nike Savvas, Evangelos Sakaris and Mark Themann, Constanze Zikos, 1991. Photograph: Richard Stringer

  • Installation view, 'Wild Kingdom', Craige Andrae, Bianca Beetson, Eugene Carchesio, Michael Eather, Greg Evans and Rowan Alexis, Sue Guilfoyle, Hiroki Kaneko, Christopher Langton, Pamela Lofts, Laurie Nilsen, Patrica Piccinini, Bronwyn Platten, Ricky Swallow, Kathy Temin, 1997. Photograph: Richard Stringer

  • Invitation to the launch of the Institute of Modern Art, July, 1975 (back)


History of the IMA

Launched in 2015, the IMA’s 40th Anniversary online archive brings together a general overview of each of the four decades of the organisation’s history.

Each section is accompanied by an interview with a past director, giving first-hand accounts of their experiences, and offers a selection of images from the 40 year exhibition history largely documented by the photographer Richard Stringer. This platform is intended as an introduction, a place to spark interest and encourage engagement with our contemporary programs and with the extensive primary source material held both in the IMA’s onsite archives and in the State Library of Queensland.

The Institute of Modern Art acknowledges the traditional custodians of the land upon which the IMA now stands, the Jagera, Yuggera, Yugarapul, and Turrbal people. We offer our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people as the first artists of this country. In the spirit of allyship, the IMA will continue to work with First Nations people to celebrate, support, and present their immense past, present, and future contribution to artistic practice and cultural expression.