Features masterpieces from some of the world’s best ceramic artists
Macao – Sands China Ltd. is launching a museum-quality ceramics exhibition, All That’s Gold Does Glitter – An Exhibition of Glamorous Ceramics, with an opening ceremony June 8 at The Venetian® Macao, in support of Art Macao 2019.
The exhibition runs at multiple Sands China properties until October 9 and features over 90 ceramic masterpieces from outstanding contemporary ceramic artists from 13 different countries and regions. It is the largest and highest-level ceramic art exhibition in the Greater Bay Area in 2019.
The exhibition was curated over the course of 10 months by internationally renowned ceramic artist Caroline Cheng, who convened a meeting of 27 fellow artists from all over the world, including herself, to create ceramic works under the theme of All That’s Gold Does Glitter – a nod to Sands China’s name in Chinese, “Golden Sand.”
“With 2019 being a celebratory year marking the Macao SAR’s 20th anniversary and Sands Macao’s 15th anniversary, Sands China is very pleased to support the inaugural Art Macao with this exhibition,” said Dr. Wilfred Wong, president of Sands China Ltd. “Our company understands the importance of culture and arts, and we are excited to have an internationally renowned artist of Ms. Cheng’s caliber curate this unique exhibition for us. We hope the exhibition can help promote Macao’s cultural and creative industries and inspire local Macao artists in their personal and professional creative endeavors.”
With China as the birthplace of porcelain, Sands China selected it as the exhibition’s featured art form in homage to Macao’s rich history as a vital center in the global ceramics trade. Macao was an important hub in the Maritime Silk Road, as still testified by the many fragments of 16th and 17th century Kraak porcelain still buried on the coast. The powerful connection between ceramics and Chinese and Macanese civilization made it an ideal choice for Sands China’s exhibition.
All That’s Gold Does Glitter – An Exhibition of Glamorous Ceramics is being held across four venues: The Venetian Macao; The Parisian Macao; the Four Seasons Hotel Macao, Cotai Strip; and Sands® Macao. The exhibition is expected to welcome more than 100,000 daily visitors.
In addition, the exhibition is loaning four of its feature works to the Macao Museum of Art from June 6 to Oct. 8 for display at Art Macao’s main exhibition: Jason Walker’s intricately illustrated Wildflowers, Trudy Golley’s illuminated Great Wave, Vipoo Srivilasa’s whimsical Plantimals, and Cheng’s own strikingly beautiful butterfly dress Prosperity, embroidered with porcelain butterflies and glazed with actual gold. Variants of the dress are displayed around the world, including the British Museum, the National Museum of China and the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, among others.
The majority of the works on display at All That’s Gold Does Glitter were created especially for the exhibition, and all contain elements of the color gold in line with the theme. Among them, three pieces were created by three well-known late ceramic artists, whose works are part of Cheng’s personal collection and are on loan for the exhibition.
Cheng said: “It is a pleasure to be able to share my passion for ceramic art with the people of Macao and its visitors from around the world. I am grateful for Sands China’s support of our industry, and for providing me with the opportunity to bring together works from this incredible selection of global talent and share the beauty and joy of ceramics at this unique exhibition.”
All That’s Gold Does Glitter – An Exhibition of Glamorous Ceramics is presented under the patronage of the Secretariat for Social Affairs and Culture and is supported by the Cultural Affairs Bureau and the Macao Government Tourism Office.
The exhibition is part of Art Macao 2019, five-month mega international art and cultural event organized by the Macao government, with the participation of hotels, integrated resorts, and foreign consulates. The event line-up features the International Art Exhibition and a variety of other events, including diverse musical, dance and theatrical performances, and art installations in outdoor public spaces.
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