Saturday, February 27, 2010

Narrative and Figure Paintings, from the Shanghai Museum, Chester Betty Library, Dublin

Narrative and Figure Paintings, 15th-20th Century, from the Shanghai Museum

2 February to 2 May 2010 

I don't often include painting exhibitions in The Woolly Way, but this exhibition is of interest because of several reasons:
  • Firstly, because it is my favourite museum! Every now and then, I have to be a bit biased...
  • Secondly, the exhibition holds some beautiful paintings on silk. With insights into the making of ink, and the difficulty of painting on silk.
  • Thirdly, because the images are exquisite examples of Chinese Fashion. If anyone is interested in Fashion Illustration, I highly recommend visiting this exibition to see the exquisite drawings, the flow and folds, impressions of printed fabric, even the presence on paper.

If you can't make it to Dublin,  the Chester Beatty Library is offering an additional virtual version of their Telling Images of China exhibition, including all 38 works displayed in the gallery.  Web visitors will be able to pan and zoom over high-quality images of the works, and to read commentary on selected images.

There is a number of events taking place as part of the exhibition, talks, cooking demonstrations, video instillations, childrens workshops. More information on

If you are a member of The Chester Betty Library, you can attend Uniforms of Earthly Delights: the Art of Silk Clothing -  a lecture with Anna Kadzik-Bartoszewska. Booking essential.
Contact Mary Dowling for details, tel: 4070759

Chester Beatty Library,
Dublin Castle,
Dublin 2. 

T: (+353 1) 407 0750

(Information and Images taken from The Chester Betty Library website)


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