A salon discussion on the Small World exhibition of Irish and Chinese contemporary art inspired by the love poetry of Yeats
The final Féile Festival event to introduce Small World, an exhibition of Chinese and Irish contemporary art inspired by the romantic poetry of Ireland-born W.B. Yeats (1865-1939). It was also an occasion to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Yeats, widely considered one of the foremost figures of 20th century literature.
Fion Gunn, Brendan Jamison, and Mark Revels, representatives of the Irish artists taking part in Small World, gave talks about the exhibition, which currently takes place at M50 Shanghai’s Sanwei Art Center.
Gunn said the group show focuses on the power of miniature artwork, including small-scale 3D works, to disorient the viewer and create a “Gulliver-like” awareness, referring to an 18th-century story by Anglo-Irish writer Jonathan Swift. Yeats, who had a notably acute focus on visual imagery and a relentless exploration of intimacy, is the perfect literary companion for these innovative and complex works.
Opening speech by Consul General Austin Gormle
Image Caption: Shanghai Grand Theatre