A recent cultural trip to Wuxi for activities on China New Folk Art brought some of my monotypes on rice paper to the impressive venue of Wuxi Opera House. Eight gigantic roof wings extend over the facade giving the structure a butterfly appearance.
The event held various cultural activities such as visits to the famous LingShang Grand Buddha monastery, seminars and local music performances at the Wuxi Opera house where I was invited to participate with a pop up exhibition. It is always fun to encounter people with an exhibition when they are not expecting one.
《难忘凤凰行》The Feng Huang walk 70x 70cm 2017 瑞莲 Niamh Cunningham
I will be showing a number of my monotypes as part of a special International cultural exchange event at Wuxi Opera house , opening on Friday 28th July . This event celebrates various forms of Chinese Folk culture of Wuxi Jiangsu. I will be showing my artworks made from Chinese colour on Chinese traditional Xuan Zhi (rice paper) . More information to follow.
As marker of amazing cross cultural collaborative projects over recent years I have just mailed these catalogues to the Asia Art Archive library in Hong Kong. I was co curator on these projects. They are already in the library archive of National College of Art and Design Dublin Ireland and Limerick LSAD. If you know of any good archive collections for exhibitions in China I would be really grateful if you let me know , you can contact me at email@example.com
It was a perfect weather day on Saturday April 22nd and began the day with a trip to 798 . I have been waiting for a Doig show here in Beijing for a while, it finally arrived. I couldn’t make the opening as my own show in Dong Yue was opening the following day. Two weeks later I finally make it to Faurschou Foundation. ‘Cabins and Canoes’ didn’t disappoint.
Scholar, author and curator Claire Cuccio gives her unique insight for the upcoming exhibition “Infinite Entities” at Dong Yue Art Museum
Guilin Path 《桂林田间路》Niamh Cunningham 70x70cm
Niamh Cunningham’s first sojourn from the green and blue horizons of her native Ireland took her to the striking seasonal shifts of bright cityscapes and deep-colored forests of Prague and the desert yellows and aquatic blues of Dubai. She is now long settled in the lands of China. From her home in Beijing’s metropolis to the interior of Wuling to Guilin, Cunningham has encountered China’s own palette of colours as well as its distinct vistas and close-ups in which to contemplate the glories of the natural world.
This scene was raised by more than a few visitors to the exhibition….. the change of guards at the Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall marching in ceremonial uniform past an exhibition dealing with sexual violence during times of war .
In the background is Song Xin’s “Adam and Eve Updated” a collage of historical images relating to the issues surrounding comfort women.
The exhibition in Taipei was the fourth rendition (previously shown in New York, Beijing and Hangzhou) with the project evolving and growing with each destination.
The Taipei local curator Leon Tsai introduced local artists and collaborated with international curator Fion Gunn for the project.
The Painted Thread – Curated by Fion Gunn and Liu Pengsheng.
The Painted Thread exhibition by three artists Fion Gunn, Gulistan and Niamh Cunningham opened on September 25th 2016 at Joy Pavillion, 9 Jinhui rd CBD, Beijing.
The exhibition was installed to give the viewer unexpected movement and direction throughout the spaces whilst exploring cultural threads of memory and travel. There were seating arrangements for the viewer to sit and relax with different viewpoints around the exhibition area.