of Art will be presenting the first ever Museum Exhibition of
International Contemporary Bladesmiths starting on October 14, 2005.
The Exhibition will be on until January 2006, and a catalogue in
English, Chinese and Portuguese, in full color, with 140 pages, will
be printed (see clickable image left).
Cumulative to the photographs of the swords on display, each
participating bladesmith has added an autograph that will appear
in the opening page of his section, making this a more
For US and Canada interested buyers a representative nominated by the
Museum has been designated. Please check below.
CATALOGUE CAN NOW BE ORDERED
MASTERS OF FIRE - ART AND CHANGE
Only those who work with fire and steel can perceive the moment when the
red hot Yang iron meets the cool Yin water and hears the cries of the
metal being transmuted from iron into steel, in a most significant
marriage of the opposites that for long have been formulated by Daoism.
In a moment when deep changes in concepts go across the world we live in,
when technologies provide instant communication, information and
globalization, cultural hybridation accelerates and concepts once thought
to be unchangeable - such as the definition of art – begin once more their
process of mutation, for the history of the world is but the history of
Once art was considered an unchangeable concept of nationalistic nature,
categorized as superior or inferior, depending on its origin being of
intellectual or popular nature, immutable and authoritative. The art
object was defined only as something without any other purpose than be art
Yet, what today is considered art was not so when it was originally
Therefore let us remind ourselves from this episode of Confucius,
pertaining to Li (Ritual): When the Master was in the Grand Temple he
asked questions about everything he saw. Someone then said: “Who says this
son of a villager understands Ritual?”.
The Master replied: “Questioning is itself Ritual”.
In times when concepts require a new formulation, one of the possible
answers is to look for the roots of Ancient Knowledge. The Earth’s core,
its very soul, is molten iron that ensures gravity and the magnetic field
that protects the Earth’s surface, Yang and Yin once more.
One of the most powerful icons that have presided over mankind, the sword,
a product of ancient technology so very often overlooked has now, when its
use is obsolete, acquired the right to enter the ranks of art objects
especially when its artistic purpose is absolutely evident.
Macau Museum of Art