Festive Macao Paints a Colourful Picture

The former Portuguese enclave of Macao showing off its artistic side by launching a five-month mega international arts and cultural event, highlighted by a series of internationally renowned exhibits and concerts.

From June until October, the festival – Art Macao – will take the limelight with exhibitions set to attract adoring crowds right across the Asian centre.

Heading the star-studded list of exhibitions within the Macao Museum of Art, is a series of Italian Renaissance drawings on loan from the famous British Museum.

The exhibitions, under the patronage of the Secretariat for Social Affairs and Culture of the Macao Special Administrative Region Government and organised by the Cultural Affairs Bureau and the Macao Government Tourism Office, are being showcased across a number of venues, from major hotels and integrated resorts to foreign consulates.

Art Macao brings “an immersive cultural atmosphere with the entire city as an art gallery and as art gardens”.

“Italian Renaissance Drawings from the British Museum” exhibition is one of two large-scale exhibitions launched as pre-events in the Macao Museum of Art from April.

The other is “Celebrating the 70th Anniversary of the Founding of the People’s Republic of China and the 20th Anniversary of Macao’s Return to the Motherland – Beauty in the New Era, Masterpieces from the Collection of the National Art Museum of China”.

The exhibition “Italian Renaissance Drawings from the British Museum”, until June 30, features 52 drawings by 42 Italian famous Renaissance masters, including Mantegna, Correggio, Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Titian, Raphael and Rosso Fiorentino.

It is a probe into the important role of sketches in the work and thinking of the artists between 1470 and 1580. 2019 marks the 500th anniversary of Leonardo da Vinci’s death.

The exhibition also coincides with the birth of da Vinci (April 15, 1452), marking special significance to the pre-event. In the exhibition, 3D printing and relevant technology are introduced for the first time in Macao to provide a tactile experience for people with visual impairments, thereby promoting cultural experience without boundaries.

Another exhibition, “Beauty in the New Era”, from May 4 to July 28, features almost 90 masterpieces by various contemporary masters from the collection of the National Art Museum of China, including masterpieces by Qi Baishi, Zhang Daqian, Xu Beihong, Liu Haisu, Lin Fengmian, Fu Baoshi, Li Keran, among others. This Asian exhibition will provide a comprehensive overview of the development of Chinese art over the past 100 years.

In June, the mega event’s highlight “Art Macao: International Art Exhibition” kicks off at the main exhibition venue – Macao Museum of Art – while exhibitions organised by various hotels and integrated resorts, foreign consulates are also held at their venues.

Among those of international interest are the artist tributes to Grace Kelly “From Hollywood to Monaco” at the Galaxy Macau, an exhibition of glamorous entitled “All That’s Gold Does Glitter” at The Venetian and a “Garden of Earthly Delights” exhibition at both the Wynn Macau and Wynn Palace.

Art Macao also features large-scale concerts by the Macao Orchestra and the Macao Chinese Orchestra, and signature programs of the Macao Cultural Centre, Visual Arts Exhibitions of Macao Higher Education Institutions, International Youth Music Festival, International Youth Dance Festival and International Youth Drama Festival.

The aim is to develop the city into a world-class exchange platform for culture and arts, a celebration which offers an unforgettable artistic summer for residents as well as the international visitors.

More information about Art Macao, www.artmacao.mo, its official Instagram account “artmacao”, “IC Art” page on Facebook and WeChat account “ICMacao”.

Media: Mike Smith, public relations manager, Macao Government Tourism Office (Australia and New Zealand), phone +61 29264 1488 or +61 415 183838 or email mike.smith@worldtradetravel.com

12 Apr - 20 Oct