Restoration of historic residence to be completed this year

Friday, March 6, 2009
Issue 632, Page 2
Word count: 356
Published in: Macau Daily Times

By Poyi (Natalie) Leung

The restoration of Casa da Cheang (or “House of Cheang”) is expected to be completed this year, the chief of the Cultural Affairs Bureau (ICM) said yesterday.

Speaking at the sidelines of the 20th Macao Arts Festival’s press conference, Heidi Ho Lai Chun said the repair work of China’s renowned modern thinker Cheang Kun Ying’s residence near Lilau Square was one of the most important parts of the project.

The ICM is planning to open the mansion, which forms part of the Macau Historic Centre, to the public with the display of Cheang’s relic and other works.

Since last year the Musuem of Macau and the Shanghai Library have been in collaboration to look for Cheang-related items and have later published few books, including one that records the letters sent between Cheang and his children.

Ms Ho said the cooperation is still going, especially to look for Cheang’s immediate family members, such as his children’s works which may be related to the art scene, so that they can also be showcased inside the mansion.

Not only does the project aims at letting the young generation “appreciate the beauty of the architectural style”, but also to “pass on Cheang’s spirit and ideology”, the ICM chief added.

However, it seems that it may not be so soon until the public will have a chance to take a tour inside the residence, as Ms Ho said ICM still has not finalised in what particular areas of the house Cheang’s relic will be kept and shown.

“As we don’t prefer to install modern facilities such as air conditioning inside the mansion, which will then affect preservation of historical relic, we’re still looking for a suitable space there to put Cheang’s items,” she added.

On the other hand, during the public consultation period for the cultural heritage protection bill which will end on April 30, Ms Ho said open seminars will be held at the Museum of Macau for five consecutive Fridays starting this week in a bid to collect opinions from society.

She also said that ICM will visit relevant social organisations in a hope to further polish the legislation.

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