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James Wong represents Macau at Venice Biennale

The Macau Museum of Art (MAM) will present an exhibition titled “A Bonsai of My Dreams – Works by Wong Cheng Pou” in the upcoming “57th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale Di Venezia” in Venice, Italy from May 13.

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UPDATED: 22 Dec 2023, 5:47 am

The Macau Museum of Art (MAM) will present an exhibition titled “A Bonsai of My Dreams – Works by Wong Cheng Pou” in the upcoming “57th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale Di Venezia” in Venice, Italy from May 13.

The Macau Pavilion will feature a total of 17 new works from the artist, which will be shipped Thursday to Venice.

The exhibits will mainly consist of three-dimensional works, paintings and photographs.

The exhibition’s title, “A Bonsai of My Dreams”, indicates the intention of the artist to cultivate his personal dreams in bonsai, similar to ancient Chinese “literati” planting miniatures in small pots.

His artworks, which have been exhibited at MAM Tuesday, include figures inspired by deities described in the ancient Chinese classic “Shan Hai Jing,” which translates to “the classic of mountains and seas.”

The Chinese classic is a source of information about the religion, history, geography and species of ancient China – reflecting the worldview that prevailed in China two millennia ago.

Speaking during a presentation of is work Tuesday, Wong said that he was only given ten weeks to finish the artworks and sculptures. He also noted that the idea of the exhibition’s theme started a long time ago, and was chosen exclusively from his sketches that were drawn over a period of years.

“The exhibition reflects a little bit of expression about my personal feelings on the development of Macau. The space (that) we can move is getting more tense and narrow, which is just like a little garden,” the artist explained.

(Macau News)

UPDATED: 22 Dec 2023, 5:47 am

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