This exhibition is comprised of a selection of serigraphs/screen prints from the Macao Museum of Art collection.

The pieces on show include works from Portuguese artists whose names will forever be inscribed in the history of art, among which Renné Bertholo, Nikias Skapinakis, Nadir Afonso, Eduardo Nery, Carlos Botelho, José de Guimarães, Cargaleiro, Julião Sarmento, Maluda, Fernando Calhau, Júlio Pomar, Menez and Vieira da Silva stand out.

There are approximately 50 serigraphs/screen prints from artists who excel in the arts of painting, sculpture, photography, video, installations, tilework, tapestry and engraving.

These serigraphs/screen prints illustrate a particular moment in the creative life of the artists, as if each piece was but a window into the larger universe of the artist who created it. Catalogues and monographs are available for those who wish to learn more about the artists.

We have tried to contextualise the works on exhibition by including brief text about the life and works of each artist, highlighting the relationships that developed between them, as well as their connection to the city of Macau.

The show therefore starts with a work by Luís Demme, who was born in Macau and educated in Portugal, as a symbol of the long local history of cultural miscegenation. The option was taken to display the original (painting) and its original reproduction (the serigraph/screen print).

We present a vision of the Portuguese Culture which is wider then its national boundaries, including all those artists who not being Portuguese embraced Portuguese Culture as their own and all those Portuguese who achieved international recognition for the excellence of their art.

We have also produced a film about the process of creating a serigraph/screen print with a view to making this ancient technique - whose origins can be traced back to China and Japan - better known.

Lastly, a series of films will reveal more about some of the artists on exhibit.

To see is to open a window, to frame and to create visibility.

Margarida Saraiva
Curator and Researcher of the Macao Museum of Art

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