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Lecture series: “Views of Old Macao”

Date 28/4/2005 - 28/4/2005
Time 18:30
Venue Tap Seac Gallery
Fee Free

The Cultural Institute will organize a Research Grant Lecture in the Tap Seac Gallery on April 28. Professor Mo Xiaoye from Zhejiang University will give a lecture on the “Views of Old Macao”.

Professor Mo Xiaoye will present some of his findings using over 80 slides of images of Macau to illustrate his talk. These oil paintings, sketches, and watercolors of landscapes, street scenes, people and customs are the major focus of research for art history. They provide insights into what Macau looked like in former days.

For the past four centuries, artists from both East and West have sought to capture images of Macau and many of these have survived to the present. These scenes have made this region famous all over the world. Views taken from the top of Penha Hill and Guia Hill, looking down to the outer and inner harbors, and at the Barra Temple, St. Paul’s Church, the Praia Grande and Happiness Street (Rua da Felicidade) have traditionally been amongst the most popular scenes.

Born in Hangzhou in 1955, Mo Xiaoye is now a professor in the Department of Art Studies at Zhejiang University, China. He is also an advisor for the MA program in Art History and a member of the Chinese and Foreign Historical Academic Society.

After graduating from Hangzhou University with a degree in Japanese Language and Literature, he gained an MA in Cultural History of China from the History Department of Hangzhou University, and a doctorate in Ancient Chinese History from Hangzhou University.

As an active artist, Professor Mo has exhibited in China and has published widely in journals. In February 2002, he published Missionaries and the Transition of Western Painting to the East in the 17th and 18th Centuries. In the same year, he was awarded a research scholarship from the Cultural Institute to carry out a study on “The Relationship between Topographical Paintings and the Legacy of Macao’s Urban Architecture”.

This year, he has won a scholarship from the Chinese Ministry of Culture to research the Art History of Macau.


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