Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Lisbon’s Orient Museum showcases artwork by Macau artists

The Orient Museum in Lisbon, Portugal, will be exhibiting the artwork of 15 contemporary artists from Macau until April 27. Titled “Fever”, the exhibit was inaugurated on February 13, presenting paintings, sculptures, photography and video artworks to mark the 15th anniversary of Macau’s transfer of sovereignty.

José Drummond - 002 (the ghost), 2012

The 66 artworks exhibited are intended to showcase the diversity of local artists. “Fever” is also a reflection upon the territory of Macau as a privileged example of cultural encounters in the 21st century. 
Commissioned by local artist José Drummond, the exhibition showcases contemporary art works by James Chu, Lai Sio Kit, Alice Kok, Nick Tao, Eric Fok, Cau Guo Jie, Fortes Pakeong Sequeira, Coke Wong, Hong Wai, Ann Hoi, Julia Tam, Tong Chong, Peng Yun, Lio Hak Man and João Ó. 

The majority of these artists are under 40 years old and, their artwork therefore incorporates the identities and changes that have occurred in the city. Furthermore, organizers explained that the exhibit also provides “a clear image of the development of Macau’s contemporary art,” which not only concentrates on the artists’ personal research, but also on the social context surrounding them. 
“Within this common research, there are lines that shape the contemporary artistic culture of Macau and it is the ratio of these lines that objectively characterizes the art of Macau,” the organizers said in a statement.

The inauguration on February 13 included a ribbon-cutting ceremony, in which the President of the Orient Foundation Board of Directors, Carlos Augusto Pulido Valente Monjardino, participated. 
“Fever” is co-organized by the Art For All Society (AFA), a non-profit organization established in Macau in 2007. Hoping to enhance the development of Macau’s contemporary art scene and facilitate local artistic creations, the AFA organizes monthly solo exhibitions of Macau artists

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