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Special Exhibition of “Art Macao: Macao International Art Biennale 2021”

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20.07.21

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31.10.21


ABOUT JUXTAPOSE

Special Exhibition of “Art Macao: Macao International Art Biennale 2021”
20 July 2021 – 31 October 2021 

Following on the “Grace Kelly: From Hollywood to Monaco – Artists’ Tributes” exhibition in 2019, Galaxy Entertainment Group presents “JUXTAPOSE” in support of “Art Macao: Macao International Art Biennale 2021” (www.artmacao.mo).

Art Macao 2021, a mega art biennale led by the Institute for Cultural Bureau of Macao SAR Government, returns this year with the theme of “To Create for Well-being”.  Since the dawn of civilisation, art, as mankind’s creative outpouring, has reflected the cultural and emotional sensibilities of contemporary technologies and ways of seeing the world.  It has also been the force driving not only individual growth, but also social harmony.

“JUXTAPOSE”, presented as a Special Exhibition of “Art Macao: Macao International Art Biennale 2021”, is a homage to the rich history of Macao, with over four centuries of heritage, and is set to arouse collective memory and emotions.

While wandering around Macao’s famous sites and narrow streets, Malaysian artist Tang Mun Kian, with his artist’s insights, drew sketches peppered with witty and humorous touches to capture the city’s historical and cultural scenery.  In turn, these selected sketches were turned into steel sculptures encapsulating Macao’s tangible and intangible cultural heritages, each of which silently narrates a thousand words of the city’s long history, from historical sites, architecture and religious sites, to people, local cuisine, its people, and their life stories.  Some of these historical narratives live on only through recalling memories and conversations with the local community.

To the passing visitors or tourists, maybe the pieces are merely amusing or whimsical, whereas for locals, there may be a whole different layer of humour revealed; and to appreciate the humour fully, it may perhaps be necessary to understand the culture of the city in more depth.

So, with Juxtapose being the name of our exhibition, we set the two-dimensional world of cartoons against the real-world buildings and cultural relics of Macao.  This “juxtaposition” represents the rich mix of everyday comparisons and contrasts ever present in Macao – east to west, traditional to contemporary, historical to modern…

Unlike a tourist’s guidebook, “JUXTAPOSE” calls on us to appreciate the importance of preserving the old, and through the artist’s flair and humour, helps us to view the importance of conservation as an investment in our community, which will reward us through leaving our community with an invaluable resource for future generations.

The Galaxy Entertainment Group Foundation, with its initiative of sharing the Group’s success and helping the city’s community to continue to develop and grow through nurturing our next generation of young people, is proud to organize the exhibition, along with its evolving arts and cultural initiative which will continue to take place at GalaxyArt throughout the years to come.
 

Take the time to discover, enjoy and smile!


ART MACAO: MACAO INTERNATIONAL ART BIENNALE 2021

Art Macao

Patronage

Secretariat Social Affairs & Culture
20 Jul, 2021
Secretariat Finance & Economy

Supported by

Cultural Affairs Bureau        Macao Government Tourism Office

ICM
MGTO

ARTIST’S BIOGRAPHY

Tang Mun Kian

Tang Mun Kian
…the artist behind the Stories in Steel presented at Juxtapose

Tang Mun Kian – an artist, a designer and a cartoonist.  A graduate of the Malaysian Institute of Art, Tang worked as an advertising art director for a decade in Singapore before moving his base to Kuala Lumpur.

Tang Mun Kian adorns many street corners and strategic locations all over George Town, Penang, with his caricature sculptures.  He and his team at Sculptureatwork Studio won the design idea contest held by the Penang Island Municipal Council to celebrate George Town being inscribed in the list of the World Heritage Sites by UNESCO.  Their winning idea based on the concept “voices from the people” was then presented through over 50 steel sculptures installed all around George Town, becoming a major attraction for both visitors and locals alike.


EXTENDED PROGRAMME

2 different themed workshops are being offered to children between the ages of 5-8, and 9-12.  The workshops are offered to the general public on a first-come, first-served basis.

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DIY Workshop
Children’s Workshops

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VIRTUAL EXHIBITION

VIDEOS

Making of Juxtapose:

From hand sketches to steel sculptures – a glimpse into the process as told by the artist directly from his studio in Kuala Lumpur…

Making of GalaxyArt:

With the GEG Arts & Cultural Initiative having successfully organised the exhibition “Grace Kelly: From Hollywood to Monaco – Artists’ Tributes” in support of Art Macau 2019, the Galaxy Entertainment Group Foundation is committed to continue to promote arts and culture, especially targeting our young people in Macao. A permanent exhibition gallery – GalaxyArt – has therefore been installed at Galaxy Macau, in support of the Government’s continuing efforts to expand cultural offerings in Macao and to diversify tourism offerings for the City…

Juxtapose Video Tour

A video tour of Juxtapose as we take you through the history of Macau through "Stories of Steel"...

Tidbits of Juxtapose:

Guided tours for the general public and workshops for children are part of the “Juxtapose” exhibition’s offerings. Positive feedbacks from the public echo the Foundation’s wish to raise awareness of the importance to conserve Macau's rich history and heritages.


PHOTOS

Guests officiated grand opening of GalaxyArt
Mr. Philip Cheng, Director of GEG, delivered his speech
Officiating and distinguished guests toured “Juxtapose”, the first exhibition of GalaxyArt Gallery
Officiating and distinguished guests took a group photo in front of the exhibits of “Juxtapose”
“Juxtapose” features a series of giant metal sculptures designed by Malaysian artist Tang Mun Kian and reflects on Macau’s long-standing customs, history and culture
GalaxyArt will hold thematic arts and cultural exhibitions and present different cultural and artistic experiences to the public for free in order to promote the development and exchange of arts and culture in Macau
Docent-led guided tour
Docent-led guided tour
Children’s workshops
Children’s workshops
Children’s workshops
Children’s workshops
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