5/4/2018 4:06:24 PM
|written By : Team India Se|
George Chen: Family Portrait
(Re)collect: The Making of Our Art Collection
National Gallery Singapore
Singtel Special Exhibition Gallery B & C
City Hall Wing, Level 3
May 11 – August 19
National Gallery Singapore oversees the largest public collection of modern art in Singapore and Southeast Asia. Now it proudly presents (Re)collect: The Making of Our Art Collection. The exhibition reveals the story behind the creation of the National Collection in the 1960s and how it continues to evolve today by highlighting the significant acquisitions and donations made in recent years.
The layers of collecting history emerge from (re)collecting the past and capturing the present through more than 120 works. Featured artists include Affandi, Georgette Chen, Cheo Chai-Hiang, Latiff Mohidin, Lim Hak Tai, Lim Yew Kuan, Navin Rawanchaikul and S. Sudjojono.
S Sudjojono: Draw & Paint Sketchbook
Dr Eugene Tn, Director of National Gallery Singapore, said: “For a collection of over 8,600 visual artworks, it is an ongoing process for National Gallery Singapore to delve deep and uncover stories behind these works that are representative of the zeitgeist of the century. The diversity and inclusiveness characterise and differentiate our collection of Singapore and Southeast Asian works as they open up possibilities to connect artistic practices beyond national boundaries. This has allowed us to continue the endeavour in questioning and re-imagining what constitutes Southeast Asia through art, and through this come to understand our region’s heritage better. This would not be possible without the goodwill of the artists and private collectors who donated their precious works to us.”
Visitors will be led on a journey that begins during post-war Singapore when art took a backseat to nation-building. They will be able to witness the important milestones that led to the crystallisation of Singapore’s visual arts collection and how it developed as its custodianship shifted from the National Museum Art Gallery (NMAG) in 1976 to Singapore Art Museum in 1996 and to the present- day National Gallery Singapore which opened in 2015.
It all began when Dato Loke Wan Tho, a leading philanthropist and co-founder of Cathay Organisation, donated more than 110 works from his personal collection to Singapore in 1960, with the wish that they would eventually be housed in a new art gallery. This donation formed Singapore’s seedling collection of visual art, with the first registered artwork titled Self-Portrait by Chuah Thean Teng.
Chuah Thean Teng: Self-Portrait
Dato Loke’s wish came true with the opening of the National Museum Art Gallery. Several works from NMAG’s inaugural exhibition donated by artists will be on display at the exhibition. This includes And Miles to Go before I Sleep by Singapore artist Cheo Chai Hiang, a conceptual work comprising found objects –a log and a wooden laundry board bearing an excerpt from a renowned poem by Robert Frost.
Cheo Chai Hiang: And Miles To Go Before I Sleep
Also featured is the Gallery’s new collecting focus on photography, a medium historically under-represented in the collection.
Visitors can also look forward to getting up-close with recent important acquisitions by the Gallery. This includes Singaporean artist Kim Lim’s Abacus (1959), Pegasus (1962) and Naga (1984) which will be shown together for the first time; as well as early works by Malaysian artist Latiff Mohidin.
Kim Lim: Naga
Latiff Mohidin: Mindscape