16/7 — 31/10/2021
The MGM Special Exhibition Awakening is one of the core activities of “Art Macao: Macao International Art Biennale 2021”. Curated by Calvin Hui, the exhibition draws from the cultural symbol of the lion and interprets through contemporary art, in response to the longstanding historical and cultural roots and to demonstrate our cultural confidence in the post-pandemic era.
Chinese contemporary artists, Xue Song and Liu Guofu have created brand new artworks inspired by the imagery of the lion. The exhibition also features numerous works from the Chairman's Collection, including important works by such preeminent artists as Cai Guo-Qiang, Wang Huangsheng, Liu Jianhua, Yu Yang, Yuan Jai and Chloe Ho, as well as the imperial carpet of the Qing Dynasty – Five Lions. These grandiose exhibits all explore the old and new artistic traditions with the audience and broaden their mind and sight of the future.
“MGM Lion Party”
To spread a positive vibe to the guests and while echoing the “Art Macao” theme of "To Create for Well-being", famous sculptor Hung Yi, presents the public art project “MGM Lion Party”, in the lush Nature’s Art at the Spectacle, expressing a sense of joy and sustainability. Among his iconic animal sculptures in this project, there are the Mr. and Mrs. Lion, the first MGM Lion Family sculpture in his career, which staged a joyous party with other 12 animal sculptures to bring happiness to all ages through art.
“Greater Bay Area Art Symposium - Contemporary Dialogues of Chinese Culture Awakening”
On the same day, the “Greater Bay Area Art Symposium - Contemporary Dialogues of Chinese Culture Awakening” is also held in the MGM Theater with an audience of around 300 guests. Moderated by the Xiao Ge, Co-Founder, Editor-in-chief and Vice President of Phoenix Art, top speakers including Pansy Ho, Calvin Hui, Wang Huangsheng, Liu Guofu and Xue Song, came together to discuss on how and what to awaken the Chinese art and culture, and explore on its innovation and revival based on the current development of Chinese art. The symposium has also attracted over 1.35 million viewers during its livestreams.