(Featured image: Still life of blue-and-white porcelain with lotus, by Huang Guiwen)
Sociedade de Jogos de Macau (SJM) hosts yet another exhibition for Art Macao, the city’s biggest and most exciting art event ever. At Grand Lisboa Hotel, people can see art pieces from different international artists, including Lusophone, Asian, and others. ART．Appreciation．Legacy is a celebration of cultural heritage by SJM seen through the prism of art. In collaboration with fellow artists to create a total of seven exceptional and multidimensional exhibitions in various hotels every month from June to October 2019.
Secret Land exhibits Paul Gauguin’s piece, Coin Du Jardin. The artist is one of the most important artists of Post impressionism. Coin du Jardin was made at a pivotal moment in Paul Gauguin’s art career. It marks the end of a long period of working towards becoming a professional artist rather than an amateur and a businessman, and the beginning of a quest to explore new places and subjects. Painted in Normandy, probably just outside Varengeville, in the summer of 1885, it represents a rare moment of balance and peace in the complex and varied trajectory of his life. For more details on the painting, check here.
In a homage to Chinese artist Wu Guanzhong, SJM presents “The Early Encounter of the East and the West – 20th Century Chinese Artists Abroad in France: “Unbroken Kite String – relationship between concrete and abstract – A tribute to Wu Guanzhong on His 100th Birth Anniversary”. It features works by Wu Guanzhong in a free entrance exhibition in Grand Lisboa. Wu Guanzhong shocked the whole painting world with his concise remarks that pen and ink means nothing, but the spiritual orientation of traditional literati is deeply reflected in his paintings. He compares his accomplishment in oil paintings and traditional Chinese paintings as “the amphibious hardships”, and carries out an interactive art exploration on two aspects of “nationalization of oil painting” and “modernization of traditional Chinese painting”.
The same property also hosts Visions of Chinese Tradition, an exhibition that, as the name indicates, is full of beautiful and exclusive art pieces from Chinese artists depicting China. Chinese lacquer painting is derived from the longstanding lacquer art, which is an important art form in Chinese art history. Jiangxi has been a major lacquer art town in China since ancient times and a large number of exquisite lacquer wares were unearthed here. Its lacquer paintings are one of the representatives of modern lacquer art, and are distinguished in employing traditional techniques to present innovative and expressive ideas, winning acclaim for their varied styles and vivid colours. It’s with lacquer and a contemporary mind that these artists came up with amazing sceneries and horizons. Have a preview of the exhibition here.
Video art from Portugal is also at SJM properties: three short movies are exhibited across Grand Lisboa Hotel, Hotel Lisboa, Sofitel Macau At Ponte 16 and Casino Oceanus at Jai Alai. Schizo is the work of João Pombeiro, while Rodrigo Oliveira put together Rescaldo, and Rui Calçada Bastos brings The Mirror Suitcase Man.
The Fourth “Y Show” features the works of local students. It aims to aims to provide an opportunity for graduates to showcase their talents. This is also a platform for young artists to interact and stimulate their innovative ideas, at the same time, assist in the building up of international arts and cultural exchange channel to enhance Macau in becoming the art capital for young artists. “Y Show” invites well-known local and international design specialists as the assessment committee to select 10 Outstanding Awards as recognition to the graduates for their efforts.
Finally, Portuguese-speaking Authors – Works from the collection of the PLMJ Foundation: it combines several works from Portuguese and Lusophone artists focusing on contemporary art that includes means such as photography and collage. PLMJ Foundation holds a collection of contemporary Portuguese art and, since 2010, also from the other member countries of the CPLP, and has been asserting itself as a Portuguese-speaking cultural institution that understands the breadth of its activity in the context of Portuguese-speaking world.
This project consists of an exhibition of works by artists representing the Portuguese-speaking universe that shape a plural geography, owned by a generation that developed their work in a context of a diaspora that extends to many cities and places around the world. It aims to show the public in general and in particular that of Macau the work that has been developed in the Visual Arts among Portuguese-speaking countries, through a close look at the new aesthetic proposals and the experiences that, among the Portuguese-speaking world, brings new interpretations and a global perspective on our time and its artistic creation. This exhibition is the result of a selection of 15 pieces from the PLMJ Foundation, where some of the most relevant names of this artistic scene are represented. Find out more here, and know that this is a great way to get to know more about the Lusophone community without leaving Macau. Let these art pieces take you higher!
Artist Meng Shu is responsible for the works included in Celestial Sphere, a contemporary glass art exhibition for all passionate about all things made of glass. It is held in the restaurants The Kitchen and Casa Don Alfonso, at the Grand Lisboa Hotel and features 29 celestial sphere series of blown glass art pieces created by local artist, Meng Shu. Using the imagination of the universe as a theme and by ways of crossing scientific understanding from the East and the West, the artist pursues and expresses the grand, magnificent and rich cosmic consciousness that mankind has evolved in the long history of civilization. From this artistic experience of multiple senses and appreciation of contemporary glass art works, people can get to understand the deep connection between food culture and cosmic consciousness, inspiring the eternal pursuit and infinite exploration of the meaning of self existence, awakening the possibility of “seeing life with art”.
When: June 1–October 30, 2019
How much: Free admission
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“ART．Appreciation．Legacy” by SJM is part of the mega international art and cultural event Art Macao.
Happening from May to October this year, Art Macao brings together cultural institutions, hotel and resort operators, consular missions in Hong Kong and Macau to create an unforgettable atmosphere and cultural vitality to thrill residents and tourists alike.