Annabelle Museum has been given a boost by the launch of a new exhibition, Frist Art Museum: A Journey into the Future.
The show will open to the public on March 18.
It follows on from the launch in March of the Frist Gallery, a curated exhibition which includes the work of local artists.
Annabela Museum chief executive Annabel Leach said the new exhibition will allow people to look at some of the “tectonic shifts” in the museum’s collection, which have created a whole new world of new objects and works from all corners of the world.
The Frist gallery is a collection of some of Ireland’s most unique and important contemporary artists, as well as contemporary works from around the world, and a huge number of works from the past.
Annaba Museum chief creative officer, Dr Annabel Leigh, said the exhibition will be a “world first” and provide a unique insight into the work that has gone into the museum since the beginning of its existence.
It will also give the museum a “great platform for people to learn more about what is in our collection and what is emerging”.
Dr Leigh said the museum had a lot of work to do in terms of the collections and exhibitions, but she believed it had “great potential” to make a big impact in the world of art.
“We’re looking forward to it and excited about it,” she said.
“The exhibition will give a great platform for us to talk about a whole range of issues, but also to explore the work from a whole different perspective.”
AnnabelLeach said that the museum is also keen to encourage people to be involved in making a contribution to the local economy.
“I’m proud of the way the museum has grown,” she added.
“And I think it has given us a platform to do that.”
She said the current funding of the museum was not enough to make the project a success, but that the new investment would allow it to expand the collections to create a collection that will be even better.
The opening of the exhibition comes as a result of the support of the Irish Museum of Fine Arts (IMFA), which will support the museum in its ongoing fundraising efforts for the first time in its history.
The donation comes at a time when the museum faces a crisis in finances.
The museum is facing an ongoing shortfall of about €40,000 a year, which is a third of its budget.
The Irish Museum Board of Directors voted last year to close the museum, with the loss of about two thirds of its collection.
The loss of collections and the financial difficulties caused by the closure of the site has led to a drastic reduction in funding from the museum.
Dr Leigh, who also chairs the museum board, said that while the financial situation was “very dire”, she was “pleased” to see that the fund was being increased.
“There is so much work to be done, but I’m very pleased that we have this additional funding in place to allow us to continue to fund our work in a very positive way,” she explained.
“It will be hugely important to continue working in a way that makes a real difference to the communities in which we operate.”
Annabla Museum has also announced that it will donate $2 million towards a new museum at the intersection of the O’Connell and Connolly bridges in Co. Meath.
The new museum, which will be completed by 2020, will include a collection which will include works by the likes of James O’Keefe, the late Irish painter and sculptor, and David Kelly.
The money will also be used to pay for a new exhibit to be put on display at the site of the current museum, as the Irish Art Museum, which currently has only one permanent exhibition, is looking to do.
Annabella Museum director Dr Leach added that the donation would be “extremely important to the future of the collection” at the museum and to help pay for the development of the new museum.
“This is an important time for the museum,” she stressed.
“Our goal is to be able to take this collection, this collection of art, and create a museum that’s as unique and diverse as the works that have come before it.”
The museum will also continue to work with other museums in Ireland to create “a collection of works that are very unique and very beautiful” and that will help make the museum “a global museum”.
“The Irish Museum’s current collection is incredibly valuable and we’re very proud of what we’ve been able to bring to Ireland,” she concluded.