The Macao Museum of Art (MAM), under the auspices of the Cultural Affairs Bureau (IC, from its Portuguese acronym), and the Palace Museum will jointly present the mega exhibition series under the theme “The Long Journey”. The exhibition “A Panorama of Rivers and Mountains 3.0”, as the first phase of the exhibition series, was inaugurated on Tuesday, 17 December, at 6pm, at the Exhibition Gallery on the 2nd floor of the MAM. The Opening ceremony was officiated by the Minister of Culture and Tourism of the People's Republic of China, Luo Shugang; the Secretary for Social Affairs and Culture of the Macao SAR Government, Alexis Tam Chon Weng; the Deputy Director of the Liaison Office of the Central People's Government in the Macao SAR, Xue Xiaofeng; the Commissioner of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People’s Republic of China in the Macao SAR, Shen Beili; the President of the Cultural Affairs Bureau of the Macao SAR Government, Mok Ian Ian; the Director of the Macao Government Tourism Office of the Macao SAR Government, Maria Helena de Senna Fernandes; the President and Executive Director of Phoenix Satellite Television Holdings, Liu Changle; the Vice President and General manager of the Macao Daily News, Wan Nang Hon; and the Vice President of the Cultural Affairs Bureau of the Macao SAR Government, Chan Kai Chon.
Celebrating the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China and the 20th anniversary of the Macao’s Handover to China, MAM and the Palace Museum specially present “The Long Journey”, an exhibition series in an unprecedented scale. By displaying cultural gems associated with the Maritime Silk Road, the exhibition seeks to lead the audience to revisit the magnificence that ensued in the course of Chinese and Western cultural exchange. As the first phase of the exhibition series, the exhibition “A Panorama of Rivers and Mountains 3.0” illustrates the extraordinary charm of the painting, one of the ten most famous ancient paintings in China, by means of digital multimedia, interactive experience, and spatial displays, expressing the very best sentiments towards the splendid rivers and mountains of the motherland.
A Panorama of Rivers and Mountains, a collection of the Palace Museum, is the only extant work of painter Wang Ximeng from the Northern Song dynasty. The giant scroll of the painting features a stunning composition and is regarded as the peak of blue-green landscape in Northern Song. The painting in a refreshing colour palette is an exquisitely elaborate composition depicting awe-inspiring mountain ranges and a vast expanse of rivers, suggesting the harmonious co-existence of man and nature.
The digital long scroll A Panorama of Rivers and Mountains 3.0, with 35 meters in length and 6 meters in height, is the world’s first dynamic digital scroll with multi-channel technology and real-time interaction with the audience and is equipped with the function to change the appearance to represent different seasons and weather. Through the combination of traditional artistic techniques and innovative digital technology, it allows the audience to feel the magnificent landscape in the painting. The painting uses light and shadow to express the philosophical pursuit of “moving, travelling, seeing and living”, presenting a lively picture to the audience as if they are seeing the real landscape. An interactive experience zone related to the painting will also be set up at the exhibition venue, featuring “Poetic Remarks on the Human World”, “Formless Great Image”, “Musical Seclusive Life”, “Sublime Landscape” and “Sensory Wall”, sharing the truth of beauty behind the scroll with the audience.
The exhibition “A Panorama of Rivers and Mountains 3.0” will be held from 18 December 2019 to 15 March 2020. The related products are available at the MAM Gift Shop and MAM Friends can get 10% discount. The second phase of the exhibition series “The Long Journey: The Forbidden City and Maritime Silk Road”, and “Cultural and creative products from the Palace Museum and education area” will be held in January 2020.
For more information about the exhibitions, please visit the MAM website at www.MAM.gov.mo. The Macao Museum of Art, located at Avenida Xian Xing Hai, NAPE, is open daily from 10am to 7pm (no admission after 6:30pm) including public holidays and closes on Mondays. For enquiries, please contact MAM through tel. no. 8791 9814 during opening hours.