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"Six Continents of Quilts: the Museum of Arts & Design Collection" to Open at Taipei's National Museum of History November 4, 2005

PR0554E | Date: 2005-11-02

The American Institute in Taiwan is pleased to announce the opening of the "Six Continents of Quilts: the Museum of Arts & Design Collection" exhibit.  This exhibit is hosted by the National Museum of History (NMH) in Taipei and coordinated by AIT's Public Affairs Section.  This exhibit of art quilts will open at the NMH on November 4 and run through December 11, 2005.

This exhibit, organized by the Museum of Arts & Design in New York, is the first major undertaking of an international exhibit of cutting-edge quilts by artists from around the world.  Consisting of 52 pieces of artwork, the exhibit examines new developments in contemporary quilting on six continents and showcases the range of content, technique, cultural influence, and tradition that have infused the art quilts of today.

Quilts have a long and enduring tradition in many countries around the world.  In the 1970s, the "art quilt movement" was initiated in the United States.  Since that time, art quilts have emerged from a centuries-old quilt-making tradition to become a vibrant and inventive medium that expresses the energy and diversity of contemporary culture.

The official opening ceremony will take place on November 4 at 3:00 p.m in NMH's main entrance.  The ceremony will begin with a performance and fashion show by children, women and elder people with quilts produced especially for this event.  Following the performance, Taiwan's Council for Cultural Affairs Vice Chairman Hong Ching-feng, President of the National Taiwan University of Arts Huang Kuang-nan and AIT Public Affairs Section Chief Dana Shell Smith will deliver remarks.

A quilt market will be held on Nov. 5-6, 2005, and a family program will be held 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. on Nov. 5 at the NMH.  The NMH is located at 49, Nan Hai Road, Taipei.

The exhibit is open to the general public.