The exhibition of international printmaking exchange entitled “2nd Macao Printmaking Triennial”, jointly organised by the Cultural Affairs Bureau and the Civic and Municipal Affairs Bureau, and co-organised by the Printmaking Research Centre of Macau, the Macao Museum of Art, the Rui Cunha Foundation, the Art for All Society Macau and the Macau Design Centre, will be held at the Macao Museum of Art and will be inaugurated on 28 November (Saturday) at 5pm. A total of 122 awarded and selected works from multiple countries and regions will be exhibited. A series of thematic exhibitions, “2nd Macao Printmaking Triennial – Masters Exhibition” and “Specially Selected Entries for The 2nd Macao Printmaking Triennial”, are presented and collaborated with local art organisations for the first time, in order to present new features of contemporary printmaking.
Macao was the first importing center for Western printmaking to China and it was served as a major seaport on the Maritime Silk Road. With the blooming development of trade, printing industry and printmaking art, Macao plays a vital role in the art exchange between Chinese and Western printmaking. In order to benefit from Macao’s role as a stage for printmaking exchange, the Cultural Affairs Bureau is organising the “2nd Macao Printmaking Triennial” following the “1st Macao Printmaking Triennial” in 2012. The themes of selected works are creative and the works cover a wide range of techniques and plates, such as traditional woodcuts, silkscreen and copper etching. New-style prints that use digital printing and waterless lithography can also be seen, showing the diversity of contemporary printmaking creation.
The “2nd Macao Printmaking Triennial” is planned by local experienced printmaking artist, Wong Cheng Pou, and is the first time to call for global submission. A total of 560 works from 22 countries and regions were received. Excellent works selected by 9 judges will be displayed together with other selected works on the ground and the first floor at the Macao Museum of Art. Selected works are from Croatia, Canada, India, Indonesia, Brazil, Slovenia, Japan, Belgium, Poland, Thailand, Australia, Portugal, Spain, Korea, Malaysia, Mainland China, Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan. Amongst the works, the copper etching “Macao People” from the local printmaking artist, Cheong Cheng Wa, was awarded with the First Prize. “Gray Snow” from Chinese printmaking artist, Wang Li Xing, was awarded with the Second Prize and “After Rain” from Chinese American printmaking artist, Qing Yu Jian, was awarded with the Third Prize. In addition, “Alter Ego” from Polish printmaking artist, Magda Szplit, and “Friends – M” from Japanese printmaking artist, Tomiyuki Sakuta, were awarded Honorable Mentions respectively.
In order to encourage the creativity and exchange of printmaking, “2nd Macao Printmaking Triennial – Masters Exhibition” is specially included this year, with more than 40 works from significant international printmaking artists exhibited on the third floor of the Macao Museum of Art. Due to the high standard of the submitted works, it collaborates with local art organisations to present “Specially Selected Entries for The 2nd Macao Printmaking Triennial” series. Excellent works of printmaking from different regions are selected and displayed in several exhibition spaces, including the “Chinese Printmaking New Scene” at the Tap Seac Gallery, the “European and American Poetic Printmaking” at the Rui Cunha Foundation, the “A Look at Asia” at the Art for All Society Macau as well as the “Hong Kong x Macao x Taiwan” at the Macau Design Centre. The above mentioned exhibitions will be held until 14 February 2016.