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Dreaming of the Dragon’s Nation presents contemporary art from China as part of the China/Ireland Cultural Exchange, an inter-governmental project initiated and managed by the Chinese and Irish governments to promote cultural links between the two countries.

The first part of this collaboration took place in Shanghai and Beijing and showcased works by Irish artists from the Museum’s permanent Collection. The second part of the collaboration, Dreaming of the Dragon’s Nation, presents a cross-section of contemporary art practice in China. The exhibition has been divided into five parts to include – contemporary ink and wash, oil painting, Oriental Metaphysics (Abstract Art of China), sculpture and installation, and photography and video art. Included in the exhibition is the work of up to 50 artists such as Liu Qinghe, Xiang Liqing, Sun Liang, Zhao Bandi and also Yang Fudong, who had a successful solo exhibition in the Douglas Hyde Gallery in 2003. 

Yang Fu Dong, Don’t worry, It will be better…, 2000, Photograph, Courtesy Shanghai Art MuseumXiang Jing, Gift, 2002, Fibreglass, acrylic, toys, 165 × 55 × 200 cm, Collection of Tina ZhangZhao Bandi, Zhao Bandi & Panda Series 15, 1999, Photograph, Private Collection

The exhibition is curated by Li Xu, Director of the Academic Research Department, Shanghai Art Museum.

Please follow the link to view the essay from the catalogue by Li Xu:

Download the Times for Dreaming by Li Xu

A catalogue, with contributions by Li Xu, Director of the Academic Research Department, Shanghai Art Museum; Enrique Juncosa, Director, IMMA; LI Xiang-Yang, Director, Shanghai Art Museum and Richard Wakely, Commissioner of the China Ireland Cultural Exchange, accompanies the exhibition (price €20.00).

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We would like to advise our visitors that our Main Reception area is closed for renovation from 22 April until mid-June.  A temporary reception is open on the ground floor next to the original main entrance. While we prepare to open our next exhibition Hilary Heron: A Retrospective on 24 May, there are two exhibitions to see Derry Film & Video Workshop and Self: Determination: Artists Commissions. IMMA’s gardens and café are open to the public.