Macau’s integrated resorts are a popular holiday destination, offering a variety of entertainment and dining options for visitors and locals alike. The Macau Government has in recent years been diversifying its tourism offerings, and becoming increasingly supportive of activities and events related to MICE, sports, and arts and culture offerings, etc. The integrated resorts similarly have also been trying to diversify their offerings to include more non-gaming elements in their facilities to make it a destination for tourists and local residents, and families and individuals alike.
The Galaxy Entertainment Group has all along been supportive of non-gaming related events and activities in Macau, regularly sponsoring and hosting sporting, arts, and cultural events. In recent years, its Galaxy Macau resort has begun to offer diversified offerings for its visitors, in particular recreational elements such as cinemas, performance venues and a food street at Broadway Macau with restaurants run by local small and medium enterprises to make it more family-friendly and appealing to local residents as well as overseas tourists.
Furthermore, a variety of recreational events are often hosted by Galaxy Entertainment Group on its premises such as themed food festivals, E-sports competition (the CEC China E-Sports carnival held at Broadway Theatre being the city’s first large-scale premium e-sports event), and family-friendly exhibitions such as “Hello Kitty, Hello Again” in July 2019, and “MOVE: Into the Wildlife” in January 2020.
Since its establishment, the Galaxy Entertainment Group Foundation has been exploring ways to promote arts & culture in Macau. It was in 2018 when the Foundation began discussing a collaboration with Monaco’s Grimaldi Forum which culminated in the signing of a “cultural memorandum of understanding” in early 2019, enabling a special exhibition entitled “Grace Kelly – From Hollywood to Monaco – Artists’ Tributes” to be presented in Galaxy Macau as part of Art Macao 2019, a 5-month international arts event hosted by the Macau SAR Government’s Cultural Affairs Bureau.
The Exhibition showcased items related to the life of Grace Kelly, who evolved from an Oscar-winning actress to become Princess Grace of Monaco. Inspired by the iconic Grace Kelly, artists from around the world – from different disciplines of Art – created their works with her as their inspiration: Andy Warhol, with his unique pop art image, Alfred Hitchcock, with his series of thrilling and suspense films, famous photographers, from Howell Conant to Phillipe Halsman, featured her as their subject, as well as fashion houses which created items that would be described as the iconic “Grace Kelly Look”.
The Exhibition ran for 3 months from 16th May through 28 August 2019 at Galaxy Macau, with guided tours for the public on Saturdays and Sundays during the event period. Over three months, the Exhibition attracted over 170,000 visitors. Two multimedia artworks on Grace Kelly, created by French visual artist Stéphane Bolongaro, were also presented as part of the Art Macao Main Exhibition at the Macau Museum of Art. Separately, the Foundation also invited local schools to join docent-led exhibition tours, followed by various related art, design and photography workshops afterwards.
Grimaldi Forum Monaco
Under the patronage of the Secretariat for Social Affairs and Culture, “Art Macao” was launched in May 2019 on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of Macao’s handover to China. The 5-month international art and cultural event was 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.
Art Macao comprises an array of exhibitions hosted by the six operators of hotels and integrated resorts, and included a main exhibition at the Macao Museum of Art, showcasing highlight exhibits from each of the exhibitors. There were also several outdoor art installations featuring artists and sculptors from Macau and cities from nearby regions. Chinese and foreign masterpieces from different historical periods, ranging from timeless classics to contemporary artworks, were on offer for local residents and tourists alike to present them with a memorable cultural experience.
“Art Macao” also includes a number of other cultural events, including concerts performed by the Macao Orchestra and the Macao Chinese Orchestra, and events were also held under the banners of the International Youth Dance Festival, the International Youth Music Festival, and the International Youth Drama Festival.
Co-organised by the Galaxy Entertainment Group Foundation and Grimaldi Forum of Monaco, the exhibition traces the story of legendary movie star Grace Kelly (1929-1982), from her Hollywood days as an Oscar-winning actress, to become Princess of Monaco. With their diplomatic flair and star power, the royal couple – Prince Rainier III and Princess Grace – introduced the second smallest country in the world onto the international stage, while at the same time captured the hearts of the people of Monaco and the rest of the world.
On display are fashion pieces, jewellery items and accessories, photos and moving images from the collections of the Prince’s Palace of Monaco. The exhibition will take you from Grace Kelly’s Hollywood acting days to her palace life in Monaco. Exhibits include photographs and moving images of Grace Kelly with public figures, celebrities and royalties, her Oscar award, her wedding gown, the eponymous Hermes Kelly bag and her favourite jewellery pieces designed and crafted by Cartier and Van Cleef & Arpels, highlighted with a rare print of Grace Kelly by Andy Warhol, an iconic figure in the "Pop Art" movement.
As part of the many events held during the 5 months spanning Art Macao, the Galaxy Entertainment Group hosted an Embassy Night on 20th August, 2019, inviting members of all consular corps that attend to Macau affairs to have a chance to experience Art Macao. The evening features a guided tour for guests at the Grace Kelly Exhibition, followed by dinner at Oasis at Galaxy Macau, featuring dishes from local Macanese and Portuguese cuisines, with performances by local Macau artists throughout the evening.
Art Macao Catalogue
The Cultural Affairs Bureau, upon the conclusion of Art Macao 2019, published a catalogue “Art Alive: Essentials of Art Macao 2019”. The catalogue contains highlights of the each of the exhibitions and performances held during the 5-month duration of Art Macao, with a preface from Macao Government officials, and includes articles from artists, writers, art critics and academicians commenting on various events.
Feedback from Visitors
The Foundation always intends for its arts & culture exhibitions to not only be entertaining arts enthusiasts and the public-at-large, it also hopes to incorporate comprehensive educational opportunities such as guided tours and related activities for local schools, young people and the general public, in addition to patrons at Galaxy Macau and tourists to Macau.
For the Grace Kelly Exhibition, apart from free docent-guided tours for the general public, the GEG Arts and Cultural Initiative included a special School Programme for local Macau schools. The intention of the School Outreach Programme is to provide students with not only a docent-led guided tour of the exhibition, but to also enable them to learn about different art forms featured in the exhibition, through the arts related workshops held after the tours, such as photography, pop art, and films.
Feedback from Students and Teachers
Feedback from Students
Feedback from Teachers
Behind-the-Scene Exhibition Setup
A behind-the-scenes look at how Crystal Lobby at Galaxy Macau was transformed “overnight” into a specially-created venue to house Galaxy Entertainment Group’s presentation at Art Macao 2019… Grace Kelly: from Hollywood to Monaco - Artists’ Tributes
A video “walkthrough” of the “Grace Kelly: from Hollywood to Monaco - Artists’ Tributes” exhibition presented by the Galaxy Entertainment Group at Art Macao 2019, touring the different sections of the exhibition:
The Aspiring Actress;
Palace Life; and
Official Exhibition Opening
The official opening ceremony of the Grace Kelly Exhibition, officiated by Princess Charlene of Monaco, accompanied by His Honourable Mr Serge Telle, Minister of State of Monaco, Mr Ho Hau Wah, Vice Chairman of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, and representatives from the Macao SAR Government.
An evening in August when members of different consular corps visited Galaxy Macau for a guided tour at the Grace Kelly Exhibition, followed by dinner at Oasis at Galaxy Macau, featuring local cuisines and entertainment performances by Macau artists.
Opening of the Grace Kelly Exhibition (Monaco TV)
Grace Kelly-Exhibition Opening (Macao Daily)
Preview of the Grace Kelly Exhibition (Tastes Gazette)