“To Infinity and Beyond” at MGM Cotai celebrates the pioneering legacy of Chinese artist Hsiao Chin, a revered figure in modernist abstract art within Chinese art history.
Hsiao Chin was a key member of the 1950s Punto Movement, a significant abstract art movement founded in Taiwan in the 1950s. The movement emphasized the exploration of spiritual and cosmic themes through abstraction, and it was instrumental in introducing modernist abstract art to Taiwan and later to other parts of Asia.
This groundbreaking exhibition, curated by Calvin Hui and consulted by Philip Dodd, invites you on a journey through Hsiao Chin’s evolution from the 1960s to today. Delve into immersive experiences featuring digital sculpture, cosmic films, and virtual reality artworks, seamlessly blending tradition and innovation to illuminate universal energy, evoking profound resonance.
Structured with eight zones symbolizing infinity, the exhibition unveils Hsiao Chin’s ceaseless artistic energy. Zones like “Circle of Life” and “Spiritual Journey in the Universe” encapsulate facets of his vibrant and colorful artistic universe.
By employing cutting-edge technology, the exhibition creates immersive experiences that include an awe-inspiring art film, “Hsiao Chin’s Universe,” and digital installations like “Sky Mirror” and “Infinity,” showcasing Hsiao Chin’s collaboration with Hong Kong’s Tech-Ink artist Victor Wong.
The exhibition will feature 66 of Hsiao Chin’s masterpieces, some of which are touring international museums such as Song Art Beijing, China Art Shanghai, Tsz Shan Hong Kong, Musée Guimet Paris, and Mark Rothko Centre Daugavpils. Among them are never-before-seen pieces from the MGM Chairman’s Collection, including “To the Eternal Garden-10” and “Light of Divinity-10”. These remarkable artworks will be showcased alongside “Dancing Light 2016,” his largest career painting on permanent display in MGM COTAI’s lobby, creating a truly exceptional art extravaganza and a dynamic highlight of Hsiao Chin’s global exhibition journey.
Pansy Ho, Chairperson and Executive Director of MGM China Holdings Limited, said, “MGM shares the same artistic spirit with Hsiao Chin, both are bold in innovation and aspireto perfection. Driven by ‘innovation and creativity’, MGM integrates tourism, art and culture to create a one-of-a -kind “art of living” with holistic tourism experience. Merging art and technology, “To Infinity and Beyond” exhibition is an immersive voyage of art spanning over six decades across East and West. It unveils Hsiao Chin’s boundless universe of art with an innovative approach transcending space. Being the largest multimedia exhibition throughout Hsiao Chin’s lifetime career, this exhibition is another breakthrough of MGM’s
art endeavors. We will continue to set milestones through the integration of tourism, art and culture – elevating the appeal of Chinese culture on the world stage.”
Visitors can also interact with Hsiao Chin’s unique artistic language through a Digital Art Jamming workshop held at the Lion Lobby. You can create your own digital artwork and express yourself by exploring Hsiao Chin’s unique use of
colors and presentation and even take home the personalised creative artworks as souvenirs.
In further alignment with the Art of Living concept, the exhibition introduces an exclusive lineup of cultural and creative gift products, incorporating elements of Hsiao Chin’s artwork for the first time. Additionally, limited-edition prints of his original artwork are also available
Open to the public until September 24, 2023, Hsiao Chin’s journey, expressed through “ART-TECH-TAINMENT,” ignites boundless imagination. This initiative is part of “Art Macao: Macao International Art Biennale 2023,” extending a captivating journey through art, technology, and tradition.
Shanghai-born Hsiao Chin, known as a key postwar chinese painter passed away on June 30, 2023 at the age of 88.
All images sourced from MGM China Holdings Limited (MGM)