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Opening - Inner Mongolian National Art Museum

Written by Gary Proctor, Director ( 2013-09-13 07:50:00 )

The opening ceremony at Huhehaote (Hohhot) in Inner Mongolia was as memorable as our installation. Everywhere we have gone in China we have been made to feel welcome, but some places stand out as being something more, as having some extra energy at the level of relationships that accumulates over time and makes firm friends. At the banquet after the shows opening, half way through the night, I was struck by the sense that these were new friends I should always want to keep.

Distinguished guests included Mr. Bai, Deputy Mayor of Huhehaote, Mr. Wang and Mr. Ma, senior Minister and Director of Cultural Affairs Bureau. Mr. Michael Growder, cultural counsellor from the Australian Embassy in Beijing very kindly made the trip across to do the honours for us. Ms. Robin Bordie, General Manager China Research and Analysis for Rio Tinto in China, welcomed guests and underlined her company's commitment to community and the arts. Other guests in the Rio Tinto party included Mr. Trevor Gray and Mr. Ivan Vella of Oyu Tolgoi LLC.

This time we had Mark Coles-Smith across from Australia as our Assistant curator, working mainly with our A/V installations. A lot of Mark's work has been in the area of music production and as an actor in feature films and TV, and we hope working with the exhibition concepts has extended his expertise in production design. It was great to have hime with us and we hope he can come again.

Exhibition Manager Ms. Zhou Ling Ling with museum staff at the opening.

Traditional musicians tuning instruments and warming up before the opening ceremony.

Mr. Bai, Deputy Mayor of Hohhot, gives the welcoming speech.

Mr. Michael Growder, Cultural Councillor at the Australian Embassy, gives his address in fluent Mandarin.

Distinguished guests listen to speakers at the opening ceremony.

Presentation of a painting by Ngaanyatjarra artist Lynette Lewis Kungkarrangkalpa to the Inner Mongolian National Art Museum collection.

Deputy May Mr. Bai viewing the installation wall in gallery two of the museum.

After the opening - guest Assistant Curator Aboriginal musician and actor Mark Coles Smith with curator Gary Proctor and exhibition manager Zhou Ling Ling.

Good friends and colleagues - Mark and Ling worked hard together and came up with great results.

Arts workers.

Very gifted players - a wonderful highlight of the opening in Huhehaote.

At the banquet celebrating the opening, presentation of traditional blue silk scarves to visitors along with much toasting with rice wine...

... and singing. Two of our best friends in China, Director Wu of Inner Mongolian National Art Museum and Director Xie of the Dong Guan Guan Cheng Art Museum (institutional partners with Warburton Arts Project for the second China tour) share a duet together.