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Napoleonic furnishings to make local debut

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Treasures from the French Senate, including a selection of furnishings from the Napoleon Imperial Palace, will be exhibited in Macau for the first time. The exhibition will also be the first time the works have been displayed out of France, according to the Macau Museum of Art (MAM).
Stepping into its 14th anniversary this year, MAM announced a series of events that they have planned for this year.
The upcoming “Napoleon and the Decorative Arts: Treasures of the Imperial Palaces” should be one of the highlights. The exhibition is scheduled to be showcased in April and is also the highlight of “Le French May 2013”. A selection of furnishings that decorated a dozen Napoleonic palaces will be displayed, including the throne of Napoleon I on loan for this occasion from the French Senate.  
“This is the result of our long term cooperation with France. We have been preparing for this exhibition for two years. Last year we went to France to discuss the feasibility of this expo with relevant organizations,” Mr. Chan Hou Seng, Director of MAM, told journalists after the conference.
To promote local art, MAM will continue to provide local artists with the platform “Macao Arts Window”. From its inception last year, the “Window” will this year comprise eight events including exhibitions paying tribute to Macau’s trailblazer artists.
In November, MAM is to stage the “Exhibition of Yue Minjun’s Work”, showcasing works by world-famous Chinese painter Yue Minjun. There will also be exhibitions of traditional Chinese art in September and December.
The museum is to launch a membership incentive scheme. “MAM Passport” holders will get a stamp for participating in MAM’s activities. The stamp collection will entitle holders to various prizes and benefits. Residents are encouraged to visit other museums via the Passport and collect the commemorative stamps from each exhibition.
Educational services – such as a guided tour of exhibitions, art workshops, playback theatre shows and seminars - will continue to be provided by MAM, aimed at the general public as well as non-profit organisations.
Mr Chan estimated the budget for the whole year to be over MOP30 million. “The budget has been increased 10 percent this year. The major expenditure is in organizing exhibitions and collecting art pieces,” he said.
Reviewing the museum’s works and achievements in 2012, Chan stated that MAM would continue organizing various activities as well as enhancing collaboration with local artists and art groups to build cultural and creative platforms. In 2012, MAM recorded an average of 480 visitors per day, a nearly 30% increase compared with 2011.

Four artists selected for exchange program in venice

For the fourth edition of the Venice Biennale, the government is launching the “Participation and Exchange Program for the Venice Biennale”, which offers a subsidized field trip to four local artists to the upcoming 55th Venice Biennale that starts in June. MAM head, Chan Hou Seng, revealed that the committee selected the candidates two weeks ago and that the names would be released this Friday. Carlos Marreiros, the renowned architect and artist, has been invited to represent the city at the Venice Biennale, exhibiting a series of works he is creating for this event.

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