EVENT The Biennial of the Lions


HAPPENINGS: Hong Kong has been gripped by panda mania thanks to French artist Paulo Grangeon's roaming sculptures. But it's not just pandas that are in the spotlight. MGM Macau has been taken over by 50 lion sculptures. To celebrate the 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations between France and China, 50 artists created their own interpretations of the lion - the emblem of Lyon city. The artworks are on display in Macau until October 12.

Celebrities and socialites from Macau and Hong Kong showed their support for the exhibition opening, joining hosts Arnaud Barthelemy, consul general of France in Hong Kong and Macau, and Andrew Yuen, chairman of the board of Le French May. Guests including Maria Helena de Senna Fernandes, Ung Vai Meng and Hilary Tsui were greeted by models dressed in tribal costumes before checking out the art pieces shown on custom-made pedestals. 


OVERHEARD First the rubber duck, now pandas and lions. What's with our obsession with animal sculptures?


CHIC CHAT with Andrew Yuen

Do you have a favourite lion out of the 50 pieces?
The one made by French sculptor Nathalie Decoster is one of my favourites. It's probably the simplest, yet it's distinctly her style.

You lived in Paris for a long time. What do you miss most about Paris?
I was a young bachelor when I lived in Paris in the early '80s, and I enjoyed the endless array of cultural activities. I could always go to an opera at the Palais Garnier or a dance performance at Théâtre du Châtelet.

What's your vision for Le French May?
We hope to continue acting as a bridge between the French and local cultural scenes. With every foreign programme we bring to Hong Kong or Macau, we hope to be able to include some local elements.