Continuing the momentum of Art Macao, Melco presents “Journey”, a diverse selection of works inspired by the highly varied culture of anime. Forming part of Melco’s contribution to Art Macao: International Art Exhibition, this unique exhibition is a visual adventure that explores the evolution of contemporary Japanese anime from its beginnings rooted in ukiyo-e, the traditional art of Japanese woodblock print and painting.
The visual references of anime abound in Japan and beyond are seen as a visual signature of the nation. Both the contemporary genres of anime and manga can trace their roots and influences in the woodblock art form of ukiyo-e and its Edo period heroes. Today, its influences can be readily identified in such varying media as computer games, toy culture, and the work of multimedia artists around the world. This first-of-a-kind exhibition for Studio City Macau includes such highlights as Amanami Animated by MAP Office, Mr Waterloo by Rainbo, Waves in Time by Southbend, Blingee by Han Yanjuan, and the “Modern Art of Floating World” collection by Horihiro Mitomo and Ukiyoemon.
Amanami Animated is a contemporary animated drawing from the roots of the Edo period in Japan, from ukiyo-e, and from the Japanese contemporary expression of the history, culture and traditions of the ama-san free divers who work in the Bay of Ise in Japan. This animation revisits and reimagines the patterns of the genre ukiyo-e, not as a technique, but as a fictional ethnographic representation of the coastal landscape during the Edo period.
The story is divided into eight scenes, framed by a screen and defined by three main tableaux–water (blue), land (green), and home (yellow). The eight panels depict scenes derived from specific sets of narratives, which are combined with a collection of myths, beliefs and dreams that were collected by the artists during many trips to Japan. In this contemporary interpretation of the ukiyo-e, the numerous drawing layers made by a computer replaces the traditional wood block and colored print processes.
In addition to “Journey”, the installation of vibrant activations and cartoon characters designed by Hiroshi Yoshii has transformed Studio City Macau’s main lobby into an exciting world of Japanese anime. A series of interactive anime experiences are available for guests throughout the property as well!
When: August 1–November, 2019
Where: Studio City Macau, Estrada do Istmo, Cotai
How much: Free admission
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“Journey” Exhibition at Studio City Macau 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.