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Celebration of the 15th Anniversary of the Macao Museum

27/05/2013
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To celebrate its 15th anniversary, the Macao Museum’s, under the Cultural Affairs Bureau, organizes a temporary exhibition titled “Fantasy World – Chinoiserie”, a ceremony presentation of Donation Certificates and a lecture, among others. Present at the exhibition opening ceremony were the Secretary for Social Affairs and Culture of the Macao SAR Government, Dr. Cheong U; the Deputy Director of the Department of Education and Culture of the Liaison Office of the Central People’s Government in the Macao SAR, Zhang Xiaoguang; the Representative of the Consular Section of the Office of the Commissioner of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People’s Republic of China in the Macao SAR, Ms. Chen Ling; the Consul for Culture, Education & Science, Representing the Consulate General of France in Hong Kong and Macao, Mr. Gilles Bonnevialle; the President of the Cultural Affairs Bureau of the Macao SAR Government, Dr. Ung Vai Meng; the Chief Operating Officer of Wynn Resorts (Macao), Ms. Linda Chen; and the exhibition curator, Professor Thibaut Wolvesperges.

“Fantasy World – Chinoiserie”

Through the display of pieces from the 17th and 18th centuries, this exhibition traces the origins of chinoiserie and its influence in France, portraying Europeans’ knowledge and recognition of Chinese culture in this era. Coupled with this exhibition, a lecture titled “Experts of 18th Century European Decorative Art” will take place on May 25th, Saturday, from 3pm to 5pm, in English. The main speaker will be Prof. Thibaut Wolvesperges, French historian and Associated Professor of the Paris Sorbonne.

Presentation of Donation Certificates

The Macao Museum awarded Donation Certificates to five people who have donated important relics to the Macao Museum, in order to convey the Museum’s gratitude and compliments, and encourage more Macao citizens to show their strong support to the Museum by donating relics of great cultural and historical value. Such donations can help pass on precious items to the next generations, and better utilize their educational potential.

Macao Museum Stamps

Joining in the anniversary celebration activities of the Macao Museum, the Macao Post Office issued stamps themed on “Museums and their collections III – the Macao Museum”. This issue includes a set of four stamps, a stamp sheetlet and two first day cover envelopes, all of which feature the collections of the Macao Museum. These philatelic gems are available at the central post offices and the Rua do Campo, the Hong Kong Macao Ferry Terminal, the Macao International Airport and the Communications Museum’s branches.

15 years of the Macao Museum

Functioning as the city museum, the Macao Museum has walked with Macao citizens for 15 years since its opening in 1998. It has received national leaders, important politicians from various countries, tourists and local citizens, in a total of more than three million visitors. The Macao Museum has become an important cultural exhibition institution, introducing to the outside world the history of Eastern and Western cultural fusion, as well as contributing to the local community’s education. Moreover, the Macao Museum, since it is located in the Mount Fortress which is a part of the Historical Centre of Macao, has become a local prominent touristic spot, along with other sites inscribed on the World Heritage List. It has also undertaken the important responsibility of promoting and protecting local history and culture. During these 15 years, the Macao Museum’s objective has remained to “establish an  academic centred Museum” for the purpose of strengthening studies on local history and culture as well as elevating the quality of its exhibitions and education and promotion services. The Macao Museum has been undertaking tasks of cataloguing and systematically organising its collections, of raising professional standards in all aspects, renovating pieces in exhibition and facilities, improving the quality of its educational services and guided tours and organising themed exhibitions, lectures and publication related to the territory’s history and culture. The annual increase in visitors and guided tours indicates the recognition and value given to the Museum by local citizens, tourists and people from all walks of life.

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