Matteo Ricci was a type of person whose actions revealed more about himself than his words and letters. His confidence in human nature and in his interlocutors, his cultural sensibility and scientific rigour, his respect for otherness and his sincere friendship, his sense of tradition and history, all of these were a result of his outstanding personality and the humanistic education received in sixteenth-century Europe. His education shaped by dialogue and his encounter with a different world and different beliefs were conducive to creativity and aimed at the service of the Chinese mind and soul. Ricci, like Confucius, was par excellence an educator, a sage coming from the West whose knowledge and virtue remain highly esteemed in China as well as in his native Europe.

It is a highly welcomed moment of historical significance when Macau, a cradle of the Jesuit mission in China, hosts an outstanding Sino-European exhibition and takes part in the worldwide commemoration of Matteo Ricci’s unfailing spirit and inspiring legacy.

Artur K. Wardega, SJ 萬德化
Macau Ricci Institute

The Master from the West
An Exhibition Commemorating the 400th Anniversary of the Passing of Matteo Ricci

The Exhibition

Venue: Macao Museum of Art
Date: 8 Aug. until 31 Oct., 2010
Opening Hours: 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. 
(Closed on Mondays and
Free Admission on Sundays)


Civic and Municipal Affairs Bureau
Macao Museum of Art
Marche Region
Consulate General of Italy in Hong Kong
and Macao
Liaoning Provincial Museum
Macao Foundation
Macau Ricci Institute
Ho's Foundation of Calligraphy Arts
Mondo Mostre

(Venue: Auditorium of Macao Museum of Art)

Topic: Late Ming Buddhism Seen from Matteo Ricci's Stance:
His Shrewdness and Discreet Reservation

Speaker: Dr. Liu Jingjing (MRI Assistant Researcher)
Time: 3:00 p.m. 
Date: 18 Sept., 2010
Language: Putonghua

Topic: West Meets East: The Portrait of Matteo Ricci
Speaker: Prof. César Guillén-Nuñez (MRI Researcher)
Time: 3:00 p.m. 
Date: 25 Sept., 2010
Language: English