Art Macao puts a new gloss on the city
Curator says the four-month expo highlights Macao’s cultural identity and strives to “open a new spiritual path that saves the world from despair”.
From now until October, Art Macao will be infusing the city with a host of exhibitions and installations, bringing together corporations, artists and the public in a concerted drive to boost the cultural development of the city.
Taking the theme of Create for Wellbeing, the Macao International Art Biennale 2021’s most public face will be half-a-dozen eye-catching installations dotted around the city.
According to an IC statement provided during the press conference, this year’s edition of Art Macao is divided into three sections: Main Exhibition; Selected Works by Local Artists; and Collateral Exhibition, featuring 30 art exhibitions in 25 locations.
The Main Exhibition at the Macao Museum of Art is divided into three parts: “The Dream of Mazu”, “Matteo Ricci’s Labyrinth of Memory” and “Advance and Retreat of Globalization”.
The art-fest will be displaying six public artworks in various districts, showing creations of artists from the mainland, Argentina, Egypt, Italy, and Thailand.
Macao’s resorts are also playing a major part in the four-month art extravaganza, which has been put together despite the restrictions imposed by the Covid-19 pandemic.
Galaxy Entertainment’s exhibition “Juxtapose” presents the giant steel rod sculptures by Malaysian artist Tang Mun Kian. Melco Resorts’ exhibition “The Sea” offers a sensual experience in the water theatre. The exhibition “Awakening”, organised by MGM, features artworks by renowned artists Xue Song, Liu Guofu and Hung Yi. Sands China Ltd has contributed “Beyond The Blue – An Exhibition of Ceramic Extraordinaire”, curated by ceramic artist Caroline Cheng.
SJM Resorts’ exhibition showcases the unique styles of local artists and the fusion of Chinese and Western features and Wynn Macau is staging an exhibition entitled “Illusions and Reflections – Through the Eyes of the Masters”.
Art Macao, which has been granted MOP 8 million by the government, is curated by Professor Qiu Zhijie, one of the most influential contemporary artists in China and Dean of the School of Experimental Art of the Central Academy of Fine Arts.
Professor Qiu said that in the midst of this pandemic, artists around the world have been working on creation. The exhibition highlights the geographical and cultural identities of Macao and provides a space for artists around the world to discuss globalisation and individuality, daily life and dreams, remoteness and proximity.