A Bonsai of My Dream
A Bonsai of My Dream
Arsenale, Campo della Tana, Castello 2126/A
30122 Venezia VE
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La Biennale di Venezia | A Bonsai of My Dream - Works by Wong Cheng Pou

A Bonsai of My Dream – Works by Wong Cheng Pou

Collateral Event of the 57th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia

Exhibit from Macao, China


Promoter: The Cultural Affairs Bureau of the Macao S.A.R. Government, The Macao Museum of Art
Curator: Ng Fong Chao Noah
Commissioner: Paolo De Grandis
Coordinators in Venice: Carlotta Scarpa, Francesca Romana Greco PDG Arte Communications
Supporters: Cheong Kin Lok, Lam Keng Un, Lao Chok Nam, Leong Fei In, Sam Hou In, Wong Cheuk Wing Benjamin
Venue: Arsenale (opposite the Biennale entrance), Campo della Tana, Castello 2126/A, Venice, Italy

Opening period: 13/05 – 12/11/2017

Opening hours: 10 am to 6 pm – Closed on Mondays (except 15 May, 14 August, 4 September, 30 October 2017)

The exhibition title ‘A Bonsai of My Dream’ draws from the idea of literati in ancient China who planted miniatures in small pots to project their pursuit of quiet and contemplative live of reclusion, suggesting an pessimistic way for counteracting inevitable conflict and contradictory.

The 17 sets of sculptures, paintings and photographic works in this exhibition are inspired by the deities described in the ancient Chinese classic Shan Hai Jing (The Classic of Mountains and Seas) – a rich source of information about the mythology, geography and species – which is considered a reflection of world view that prevailed in China two millennia ago.

According to Ng Fong Chao, the curator of the exhibition, ‘“A Bonsai of My Dream” registers a series of clash with the realities.

The absurd scene and fresh sensory stimulation suggest an innovative outlook on the sense of being in the concrete world and encourages examinations to the cardinal meaning of roles of human in the process of social development. Also, it is regarded as the artist’s imagination of the future world.’

‘My work is a reflection on my personal feelings related to the development of the Macao city. Our space is getting more tense and which is just like a little garden, like a bonsai that I would like to grow as my city,’ Wong said.

Born in 1960 in Macao, Wong Cheng Pou was awarded the 2010 Sovereign Asian Art Prize and was recognised as one of the top 30 Asian artists. He was invited as Honorary Research Assistant of the Slade School of Fine Art at the University College London, and is currently President of the Printmaking Research Centre of Macau and Chief Curator of the Macau Printmaking Triennial. His works have been showcased in Macao, Mainland China, Japan and the United Kingdom, among others, and are part of collections of several institutions around the world.

The Macao exhibition opens from 10am to 6pm from daily except Mondays. The exhibition venue is located opposite to the main entrance of Arsenale at Campo della Tana, Castello 2126/A, Venice, Italy. Please visit for more information.


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The Macao Museum of Art (MAM) under the Cultural Affairs Bureau of the Macao S.A.R. Government participates for the sixth time as Collateral Event in the ‘International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia’ in the name of ‘Macao, China’, presenting ‘A Bonsai of My Dream – Works by Wong Cheng Pou’ on the international platform from May 13 to November 12, 2017.

Wong Cheng Pou has a wide vision and open understanding towards life; his solid artistic skills, which are as profound as his thoughts towards life, makes him one of the most outstanding contemporary artists in Macao. Wong always creates beyond the limit with lofty ideology, making full use of the visual space in order to recognize and express the world from higher levels. By breaking through the inherent dimensions and static forms, his artworks explore the multi-dimensional psychological time and space in people’s mind. Combining this with his creation progress, which focused on manipulating complexity with simplicity and presenting the inner verve through carving the appearance, a fulfillment of limited and infinite dialectics had been reached.

Bonsai is originally a miniature landscape for people to appreciate, which serves as an aesthetic presentation of the traditional ancient Chinese courtyard living culture. In Wong’s art concept, however, it becomes a symbol with fruitful implications. It displays itself in a variety of ways, being a quiet state of mind, a kind of elegant feelings, a concentration of the peace and beauty of life, or a spiritual pursuit in the narrow urban space, in his own words, the artist had just described it as his “portable-edition backyard garden”. The “Bonsai” is small in size but immense in spirit, bringing a rather close connection to the artist’s dream, which on the one hand concentrates the beautiful and far-reaching dreamlands of the author, and, on the other hand, contradicts to the current environment of Macao by presenting a world which is totally different.

Only in this way, Wong Cheng Pou’s artwork which embodies the desire to return to the essence of the world, is brought with profound meaning and glamour. The microcosm of life and the macro thinking of the artist regarding the urban life have reached a mutual fit, giving birth to a kind of implication and feeling which can spiritually communicate with the viewers. This is a certain move for artists to get rid of the superficial level of artistic creation, leading to the philosophizing of emotional convey. With the rich experience of life, the artist dedicates to inquiring and exploring the specific forms of life by seeking out their intuitive forms, and consequently accesses the direct approach to connect with the audiences.

Macao Museum of Art had participated in the International Art Exhibition – La Biennale Di Venezia for x times. By assigning local artists and organizing them to present their artworks, each time we have gained a harvest of true friendships and abundant experience of art creation. The spiritual communication and exchange among artists from Macao and other countries over the world have brought us with deep and wonderful impressions which will surely become one of the sources of inspiration to stimulate the art creation in Macao.

I sincerely wish the Collateral Event from Macao, China and the Biennale Arte 2017 a great success!

Leung Hio Ming
Cultural Affairs Bureau of the
Macao Special Administrative Region Government

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