Carlos Marreiros 'Race to Glory'

Exclusive artworks by local artists in exhibition at Grand Lisboa Palace between Sept and Oct

Eight local established artists will exhibit new and exclusive artworks at the soon-to-open Grand Lisboa Palace, SJM Resorts announced today (Wednesday).

The exhibition series – named ‘Art Creation New Ambience’ and presented in a special event today – will be under the ‘Art Macao: International Art Biennale 2021’, with all six gaming concessionaires to host their own art events linked to the four-month local biennale promoted by the Cultural Affairs Bureau.

SJM’s art initiative is divided into two themed exhibitions Harmony of East and West – The Exhibition by Famous Local Artists and Empire Recast – Solo Exhibition of Heidi Lau, both to be on display first in the Grand Lisboa Hotel and afterwards in the Grand Lisboa Palace Hotel.

Grand Lisboa Palace, SJM’s first Cotai property, was initially scheduled to open until the end of June however the opening ended up being delayed until the third quarter of this year.

Held between July 21 and August 31 at Grand Lisboa Hotel and between October 1 and 31, the Harmony of East and West – The Exhibition by Famous Local Artists will feature works from seven local artists, Carlos Marreiros, Ung Vai Meng, Konstantin Bessmertny, Denis Murrell, Eric Fok, Cai Guo Jie, and even SJM Executive Director, Ambrose So, known for his interest in Chinese calligraphy.

Konstantin Bessmertny piece ‘Babel Lisboa’

The artworks produced will feature different artistic methods and materials, including calligraphy, ceramic bricks, oil paintings, acrylic mixed media, technical pen drawings, Portuguese azulejos, watercolours adapted to tapestry as well as metal engravings.

“My piece ‘Race to Glory’ features poet Luís Vaz de Camões. I usually dedicate my works to a certain artist or author […] I was asked for a painting for this introductory exhibition, which I didn’t have so I provided a painting from 2012,” local artist Carlos Marreiros told Macau News Agency.

“The main exhibition will be held at the Grand Lisboa Palace in September and October, and we have exclusive artworks produced in the last one year and a half for the property. I have two artworks, one made with Portuguese azulejos and another considerably large piece in acrylic about Macau”

The seven artists will gather at Grand Lisboa on July 28 to introduce their exclusive artworks and the creative concepts behind them.

Meanwhile, Australia-born artist Denis Murrell, who has resided in Macao since 1989, stated the artworks he will produce seven to eight art pieces for the future exhibition.

“I don’t really follow a theme, I just paint what I paint and whatever comes in the mincer. People ask what my emotions are [during the artistic process] but I just do a bit for five minutes, put my socks on, come back, and in the end, there’s a finished painting,” Murrell told MNA.

“The only aim is to have a painting that will be interesting to people. It’s a spontaneous abstract painting”

Meanwhile, Empire Recast – Solo Exhibition of Heidi Lau will feature ceramic artworks by local artist Heidi Lau in exhibit at Grand Lisoa between September 1 and 30 and at Grand Lisboa palace from September 1 and October 31.

The Macau-born artist currently lives and works in New York, having showcased her artworks events such as the 58th Venice Biennale and the Museum of Arts and Design in New York.

SJM will also hold a series of seminars and workshops in September and October, including a Grand Lisboa palace Artist Seminar panel discussion by Carlos Marreiros, Cai Guo Jie and Erik Fok and two art session classes by Cai, all in October.