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Introduction to the Collection

Vong Phaophanit
Neon Rice Field

The Collection of artworks owned by or on long-term loan to the Museum comprises works by 20th-century Irish and non-Irish artists. It has been developed by purchase, loans and donations, as well as by
the commissioning of new works

The acquisition policy, like the Museum's temporary exhibition programme, reflects the shifting cultural context of the late 20th-century. The Museum purchases the work of living artists, but accepts loans and donations of more historical art objects with a particular emphasis on work from the 1940s onwards.
William Scott
Candle and Card

To mark the growth and maturity of the Collection, from June 1998 exhibitions from the Collection have occupied the entire West Wing, both First and Ground Floors, with changing displays of recent and earlier acquisitions. A catalogue of the Permanent Collection is available from the Museum bookshop (price 15.24/12.00).

John Bellany
Candle Woman of the North Sea