Art Macao 2023 Guide: Best Exhibitions and International Artists to Catch
September 01, 2023
Discover the captivating world of art in Macau, as the city gears up to host the highly anticipated international art event, "Art Macao: Macao International Art Biennale 2023".
Renowned curator Qiu Zhijie has taken the helm as chief curator, presenting a city-wide signature biennale event under the theme "The Statistics of Fortune," provoking introspection on the impact of science and technology on the arts and society.
Between this summer and autumn, visitors will have the opportunity to explore 30 art exhibitions across the city, showcasing over 200 artists from more than 20 countries and regions. Follow our in-depth guide on Art Macao 2023’s finest exhibitions and international artists to catch.
Public Art Exhibitions
Consisting of six beautiful installations, the Public Art section of the 2023 Art Macao collection showcases a series of visually arresting pieces that can be viewed in selected spaces, accessible to passersby and visitors alike.
At the Art Plaza of Macao Cultural Centre, check out ‘The Alchemical Leap’, depicting a fusion of nature and science in its use of stainless steel, and a vibrant recreation of a tree frog, as well as the South-Korean creation of ‘Halo,’ which uses the movement of motorized glass mirrors to play with wind and water.
Right beside the entryway of the Guia Hill Pedestrian Tunnel stands ‘Mirror #6,’ shines back at the hoi polloi that moves beside it. It plays with depths and layers, not unlike the way the steel truss piece 'Theory of Time' does, from its perch at Mount Fortress Garden.
Make a day out of the visit and check out the Former Iec Long Firecracker Factory while you venture out to become immersed in the LED screen installation of the ‘Macao Pointcloud Garden’ that stands beside the historic attraction.
Spanning across four exclusive themed projects, the section this year features the multimedia-based Kyoto Pavilion, the London Pavilion with its exploration of Cathedrals through time, the robotics-focused Shenzhen Pavilion, as well as the Vila Nova de Cerveira Pavilion, which ties back to the Art Macao 2023 main theme. Each exhibition presents a distinct perspective that links back to the overarching idea of convergence between symbols and science.
Special Exhibitions: Macau’s Six Integrated Resorts in Cotai
The MGM COTAI reveals a never-before-seen immersive exhibition, 'To Infinity and Beyond: The Art of Hsiao Chin', showcasing abstract masterpieces that merge traditional Chinese philosophy with space-age understanding.
Over at the Galaxy Macau, the hotel is hosting the city’s largest BE@RBRICK MACAU exhibition, an artistic playground brimming with cutting-edge digital art installations and immersive experiences. Visitors will encounter the world-first digital art from BE@RBRICK and works from local graffiti artist MCZ_Thomas.
City of Dreams collaborates with acclaimed English artist, Mr. Doodle, for his debut solo exhibition in Macao. Characterized by intricate lines and vibrant colours, Mr. Doodle’s unique artistic style suffuses various spaces in the City of Dreams with a dynamic and contemporary artistic flair.
Turning the dials back in time, 'Re-encounter with Leonardo da Vinci', at Wynn Macau, invites guests to bridge the East and West via interactive light installations inspired by Renaissance's humanist glory and Macao's cultural brilliance.
At the Grand Lisboa Palace Resort Macau, visitors can tour the Palace of Versailles without stepping foot in France. After doing it’s rounds in Hong Kong, visitors to Macau can enter the official touring immersive exhibition, 'Virtually Versailles', which offers insights into the palace's history and French culture using cutting-edge technological tools
Fans of Disney won’t want to miss ‘Meet the Magic - In Celebration of Disney 100’ by Philip Colbert & Jason Naylor at The Venetian Macao promises a unique exploration of tradition and innovation, with large-scale artworks offering a fresh perspective on the timeless Disney Magic.
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