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Opening Ceremony of the "Art for God" Artworks and Spiritual Reflections Exhibition (Macao) by Fr. Joseph Tham, L.C.


The opening ceremony of the "Art for God" Artworks and Spiritual Reflections Exhibition was held on September 22, at 3PM, at Rua Formosa No. 5 R/C Macau, and was officiated by the Head of Training and Quality Management Department of the Macao Government Tourism Office, Ms. Doris Leong, the Acting Head of Department of Non-Tertiary Education of Education and Youth Development Bureau of the Macau SAR Government, Ms. Choi Man Chi, the Head of the Division of Visual Art of the Cultural Affairs Bureau of the Macao SAR Government, Mr. Lam Vai Ip, the Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Macau and Chairman of ACCM, Bishop Stephen Lee Bun Sang, Fr. Joseph Tham, L.C. (Legionary of Christ) and other prestigious guests. The exhibition of works by Fr. Joseph Tham, L.C. is organized by the Macao Catholic Culture Association (ACCM) and co-organized by the Regina Apostolorum Foundation, Hong Kong, Limited.

Placing Fr. Tham’s artworks within the context of traditional Chinese philosophy and Christian spirituality, the exhibition features the traditional Chinese theme of harmony between heaven, earth and humanity in Chinese calligraphy, brush painting and seal carving, revealing the glory and mysteries of God through arts.  Fr. Joseph is not only a Catholic priest, a doctor, and a professor of bioethics, but also an artist, with outstanding achievements in Chinese painting, calligraphy and seal carving.  His artworks have been exhibited internationally in Canada, USA, Mexico, Malaysia and Hong Kong.



To build a foundation of mutual understanding from a cultural perspective has always been one of the aims of ACCM.  During the opening ceremony, the Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Macau and Chairman of ACCM, Bishop Stephen Lee Bun Sang stated that true beauty is the manifestation of harmony.  Nowadays, there are too much violence and sins in our lives, and people's desire for harmony has become even stronger.  This exhibition expresses man's desire for harmony between heaven, earth and humanity through Chinese art, giving us the opportunities to appreciate the convergence of Chinese culture and Catholic culture from a different perspective, cultivating beauty through art, thus, promote harmony in the world.  Fr. Joseph Tham, L.C. also stated that by using Chinese calligraphy, brush painting and seal carving artworks as a bridge of cultural exchange, he hoped to use beauty to touch the hearts of man, so that more people can know the truth, goodness and beauty of God.

The "Art for God" Artworks and Spiritual Reflections Exhibition (Macao) by Fr. Joseph Tham, L.C. starts from September 22 to October 2, 2023, at Rua Formosa No. 5, R/C, Macau, with a series of Chinese Calligraphy Workshops, guided tours of the exhibition, and Live Painting by Fr. Joseph. During the exhibition period, organizations are welcome to organize a group of 10 or more for a special guided tour by Fr. Joseph himself.  


The "Art for God" Artworks and Spiritual Reflections Exhibition (Macao) by Fr. Joseph Tham, L.C.

Date: September 22, 2023 (Friday) until October 2, 2023 (Monday)

Time: 10:00 to 18:00

Venue: Rua Formosa No. 5, R/C, Macau

FREE Admission




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