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In his essay about Odyssey: The Return, celebrated curator Huang Du, writes
“The exhibition features different reflections and diverse manifestations of Irish and Chinese artists on the process of globalization, in the face of complex, shifting social and cultural issues. Inspired by the famous Irish writer James Joyce’s Ulysses, the theme aims to express and reflect on the culture of both countries in a metaphorical way.”
The structure of Ulysses with its many stopping points and linguistic complexity is the stimulus for the artists’ work and Joyce’s revolutionary approach to writing underpins this exciting visual arts collaboration. The five participating artists include Gulistan, Fion Gunn, Li Xinmo, Qingqing and Niamh Cunningham
Ambassador Eoin O Leary shared some surprises about James Joyce’s background at the opening ceremony at Dong Yue Art Museum on April 13th 2019.
The exhibition honours the Beijing – Dublin twinning programme and the evolving relationship between the two cities. A sincere thank you to the following funding and supporting bodies: Dublin City Council, Culture Ireland, Embassy of Ireland in China, Asian Pacific Fund and Dong Yue Art Museum.
A personal thanks to Mr Yuan QiuLai for hosting this exhibition at the beautiful ancient daoist venue Dong Yue Art Museum.
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A video on ‘Odyssey The Return’ exhibition and related outreach events will be posted later
The next blog will take a closer look at the artworks ‘What the artists Say ‘ and also Outreach and events surrounding this exhibition such as talks in the Bookworm, Beijing Foreign Studies University ect.