China-Guangzhou Weibo
"Biennial of the Lions" Debut in Asia - 50 Chinese and French Lions Roar at MGM Macao
To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the diplomatic relations between China and France, 50 colorful lion sculptures designed by 50 Chinese and French artists are on show through October 12 at Macao.

"Biennial of the Lions" makes its Asian debut at MGM Macao this year. In its 10th edition, the exhibit is sponsored exclusively by MGM Macao and organized by the Civic and Municipal Affairs Bureau, the Macao Museum of Art, the Consulate General of France in Hong Kong and Macao, and La Biennale des Lions. Fifty colorful lion sculptures designed by 50 Chinese and French artists are on show through October 12 at different locations in Macao — MGM Macao, MGM Art Space, One Central Macao, Macao Tower, Mandarin Oriental Macao and the Macao Museum of Art — to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the diplomatic relations between China and France. This exhibition provides a platform to showcase the creative talents of artists from China, Macao, Hong Kong and France, and is the result of a Sino-French cultural exchange program.

Lion sculptures displayed at MGM Art Space

"The lion sculptures are a testimony to boundless creativity, as well as a toast to Sino-French diplomatic relations," said Pansy Ho, co-chairperson and executive director of MGM China Holdings Limited. "Through the beautiful art pieces, we hope to show our guests the intricate similarities that the Chinese and French cultures share." She stated that MGM Macao will continue to promote public awareness and enjoyment of art and culture.

The special exhibition, "Biennial of the Lions - Beyond the Roar," which will be presented in MGM Art Space, with more than 8,000 square feet, is curated by Calvin Hui, Hong Kong’s renowned art curator and cultural entrepreneur. Through multi media applications, interactive digital devices, games and 3D projection, the exhibition leads visitors on a unique journey where they can absorb various symbolic meanings of lions throughout human history.

MGM Macao also presents a selection of delicacies to match the exhibition at Aux Beaux Arts, the French brasserie, Grande Praça Cafe and MGM Pastry Bar, to enhance this meaningful Sino-French cultural exchange.

Included among the 50 sculptors are the following three accomplished artists. One has a distinctive view of nature, another shares his understanding of the cultural symbols of China and France, and the third has an international background in art.

Artists’ Profiles

Gao Xiaowu 高孝午

Works by Gao Xiaowu

The tendon-like tree roots are throughout the lion body, which is similar to the interdependent relations of various life forms in nature.

Gao was born in 1976 in Sanming, Fujian Province. He graduated from the Sculpture Department, the Arts and Design College, Xiamen, in 1999 and furthered his study in China Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing until 2004. He has worked on the artistic creation of sculpture since 2005. Many of his works are in collections of reputable museums and art centers worldwide. His masterpiece, the “Standard Time” series, is well-recognized in China; he is one of the most representative sculptors of the country.

Lin Guocheng 林国成

Works by Lin Guocheng

The plum blossom is a representative flower in China, being noble, tough, and humble. The national flower of France, the iris, symbolizes freedom and brightness.

Works by Lin Guocheng

The Guest Greeting Pine in Huangshan, a symbol of hospitality, is waving its arms to welcome international visitors to China.

Lin was born in 1979 in Shantou, Guangdong Province. Lin started painting early and dropped out of school in his adolescence; at 19 he left home to pursue his dream and came to Yangshuo in Guiyang Province to sketch from nature. He furthered his artistic career at the Sichuan Fine Arts Institute in 2000. His unusual path as a self-taught artist and his unique talent have distinguished him from his fellow artists. In 2006, he participated in a series of exhibitions, including “Contemporary Art from Chongqing.” Since then he has made his name in the Chinese art scene. In 2012, as his solo exhibition “The Sounds of Nature,” was presented by the 3812 Contemporary Art Projects in Hong Kong, he garnered more attention from professional artistic institutions and collectors. He usually draws in fountain pen. His work is characterized by a modern aesthetic of desolation and coldness.

Chloe Ho 何凤莲

Works by Chloe Ho

The ink painting rooted in Chinese cultural heritage reflects a dreamy impressionistic sensibility, drawing on flower work.

Chloe was born in 1987 in California in the United States. She belongs to a new generation of talented artists born in the 1980s. She finished her studies at Mills College in California, where she studied under Liu Hong, a Chinese-American contemporary artist, and Moira Roth, an American art historian and critic. Her paintings reflect her multicultural background and signature artistic vision. She makes a bold statement through the use of traditional mediums, all presented from an original perspective. Her works always show an eye for the unexpected, yet are aesthetically familiar.

Chloe has been featured in group shows in the San Francisco Bay Area, at a successful solo exhibition at Alisan Fine Arts in Hong Kong and at Joyce Gallery Shanghai. Her works are held by private collectors in London, Paris, Singapore, Hong Kong, Washington DC, San Francisco, and Florida. She now lives and works in Hong Kong.

Exhibition time:
Now — October 12, 2014

Display venues:
MGM Macao: Avenida Dr. Sun Yat Sen, NAPE, Macao
MGM Art Space: 2/F, Avenida Dr. Sun Yat Sen, NAPE, Macao
One Central Macao: Avenida De Sagres, NAPE, Macao
Macao Tower Convention & Entertainment Center: Largo da Torre De Macao, Downtown, Macao
Mandarin Oriental Macao: Avenida Dr. Sun Yat Sen, NAPE, Macao
Macao Museum of Art: Macao Culture Center, Avenida Xian Xing Hai S/N NAPE, Macao

About MGM Art Space

The "Art Space" is a venue for artistic inspection and a platform where art takes on varied forms and shapes, a concept that redefines art with an unexpected twist, and a finite universe of infinite creativity, boundless imagination and unlimited possibilities. Unlike a standard art gallery, it is built for flexibility and functionality.

Editor:Vita Lin
Modern Guangzhou Souvenirs picks some of the best Cantonese-style souvenirs for you – including those famous pieces as well as lighter and and comparatively cheap items but still with that defining Cantonese character.

The Silk Road Post
    404 Not Found

    404 Not Found

Click to Access Traffic Status Map
  • Powered by (Guangzhou Interactive Information Network Co.,Ltd.)
  • Copyright © 2006-2014 Guangzhou Interactive Information Network Company All rights reserved. Copyright/IP Policy.
  • Contact Us | Map| | About Us | Copyright
life of guangzhou