“Art Macao”, a five-month mega international arts and cultural event, will open this summer. Under the patronage of the Secretariat for Social Affairs and Culture of the Macao Special Administrative Region Government, the event is organized by the Cultural Affairs Bureau and the Macao Government Tourism Office and co-organized by the Education and Youth Affairs Bureau and the Higher Education Bureau, with the participation of hotels and integrated resorts, foreign consulates that are invited to host art exhibitions concurrently. From June to October, Macao will be imbued with artistic vitality and creativity.
In this summer, “Art Macao” will bring an immersive cultural atmosphere with the entire city as an art gallery and as art gardens. Two large-scale exhibitions will be launched as pre-events in the Macao Museum of Art from April, namely “Italian Renaissance Drawings from the British Museum” and “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”, to be held from 12 April to 30 June, features a total of 52 drawings by 42 Italian Renaissance masters, such as Mantegna, Correggio, Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Titian, Raphael and Rosso Fiorentino, probing into the important role of sketches in the work and thinking of the artists during the period between 1470 and 1580. This year marks the 500th anniversary of the death of Leonardo da Vinci. The exhibition is inaugurated in April, which coincides with the birth of Leonardo da Vinci (15 April 1452), marking significance to the pre-event. In the exhibition, 3D printing and relevant technology will be introduced for the first time in Macao to provide a tactile experience for people with visual impairments, thereby promoting cultural experience without boundaries.
The exhibition “Beauty in the New Era”, to be held from 4 May to 28 July, features nearly 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, providing a comprehensive overview of the development of Chinese art over the past hundred years.
In June, the mega event’s highlight “Art Macao: International Art Exhibition” will kick off at the main exhibition venue – Macao Museum of Art; while exhibitions organized by various hotels and integrated resorts, foreign consulates will also be held successively. The mega event also features large-scale concerts by the Macao Orchestra and the Macao Chinese Orchestra, signature programmes 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, aiming to develop the city into a world-class exchange platform for culture and arts and celebrating an unforgettable artistic summer with residents and tourists. The participating hotels and integrated resorts in the “Art Macao: International Art Exhibition” include Galaxy Entertainment Group, Melco Resorts & Entertainment Limited, MGM, Sands China Ltd., Sociedade de Jogos de Macau, S.A. (SJM), Wynn Resorts (Macau) S.A. and Nam Kwong (Group) Company Limited.