If names matter, what can we say about untitled artworks that seem to say nothing, or quite possibly everything? To what extent do titles, images and art-making processes attach meaning to art?
Untitled, the second edition in SAM’s Not Against Interpretation exhibition series, draws from the National Heritage Board’s collection of drawings, paintings, prints and sculptures by Singapore contemporary artists Cheo Chai Hiang, Chua Ek Kay, Goh Beng Kwan, Lim Tzay Chuen, Brother Joseph McNally, Anthony Poon, Tang Da Wu, Tang Mun Kit and Zai Kuning, amongst others. Visitors are invited to leave their suggestions of a suitable title for the untitled pieces.
Not Against Interpretation is an experimental platform to nurture an appreciation for contemporary art. The projects created on this platform exploit the ‘openness’ of contemporary art, the fact that it can be interpreted in many ways, as an opportunity to engage with people from varied backgrounds.
The rich cultures and geographies of the Southeast Asian region have historically been the corridor of the world's major civilisations. The ebb and flow of these complex cultural interactions have yielded responses of accommodation and resistance, leaving legacies of layering and sedimentation within the varied communities.
In the 21st century, the speed of transformation in Southeast Asia is perhaps beyond anything experienced by preceding generations. This change is prompting multiple conceptions and perceptions of time and our worlds, both the external and internal.
Against this backdrop of past and continuous change, artists have been reflecting, mediating, envisioning, and making propositions. If The World Changed, the title of the 4th Singapore Biennale, is an invitation to artists to respond to and reconsider the worlds we live in, and the worlds we want to live in.
If the world changed, what are our propositions and possibilities?
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Wu Guanzhong, Wild Vines with Flowers like Pearls, 1997, ink on paper, 89 x 179 cm, gift of the artist, National Heritage Board collection.
In/sight: Abstract Art by Wu Guanzhong and Artists from Southeast Asia
Runs through 30 April 2014
Singapore Art Museum
How does the abstraction of Wu Guanzhong relate to the abstraction of artists in Southeast Asia?
This exhibition, titled In/sight: Abstract Art by Wu Guanzhong and Artists from Southeast Asia, presents a selection of abstract works from the national collection to illustrate the diverse motivations for abstraction amidst distinct and varied backgrounds.
Wu Guanzhong (1919-2010), one of the foremost painters in Chinese modern art, was a leading exponent of abstraction in China. Wu saw form as an important component in appreciating a work of art, seeing beauty in formal visual elements like line, shape, colour, texture and composition. These were of critical concern, much more than subject matter and physical resemblance to an object in reality.
This focus on form is likewise evident in the abstract works of artists in Southeast Asia. Many artists in Southeast Asia engaged with abstraction as part of their grappling with the modernisation of art in their local contexts. Works by Southeast Asian artists such as Anthony Poon, Latiff Mohidin, Ahmad Sadali and Damrong Wong-Uparaj will also be featured in the exhibition. This is a special research exhibition by the National Art Gallery, Singapore, held on SAM premises.
Wall Mural by Speak Cryptic, in collaboration with residents of Taman Jurong
Our Museum @ Taman Jurong
On-going | Taman Jurong Community Club
Our Museum @ Taman Jurong is Singapore’s first community museum. Located at the Taman Jurong Community Club, it showcases artefacts and artworks from Singapore’s National Collection, as well as creations from the community.
Curated by the Singapore Art Museum, the theme of the museum’s exhibition is “Picturing Home”, where visitors can view archival photographs of what Taman Jurong used to look like in the past and learn about the unique history behind this neighbourhood.
Our Museum @ Taman Jurong is a collaboration between the National Heritage Board (NHB), Taman Jurong Citizen’s Consultative Committee, Taman Jurong Community Arts and Culture Club and People’s Association (PA).
Venue: Taman Jurong Community Club 1 Yung Sheng Road Singapore 618495
Opening Hours: Mondays to Fridays: 3pm to 7pm Saturdays and Sundays: 10am to 6pm Closed on Public Holidays
Eko Nugroho, It's All About Coalition, 2008, bronze, 190 x 60 x 60 cm, Singapore Art Museum collection.
Singapore Art Museum
The Learning Gallery is SAM's permanent exhibition dedicated to presenting artworks selected from the museum's collection to promote engagement and discussion of broader issues through contemporary art. The gallery also aims to nurture an appreciation for art and develop creative and analytical thinking among its visitors, including the young.
People and Places
Runs through 31 December 2013
SAM People and Places showcases 20 Southeast Asian contemporary art works from SAM's permanent collection that looks at the people, places and spaces around us. Revolving around ideas of identity, urbanisation, globalisation and the environment, these works present the artists' visions and interpretations of pertinent issues about urban living in the modern cityscape. Designed to complement the Ministry Of Education's Study of Visual Arts (SOVA) and Humanities curriculum, this exhibition addresses themes such as self-identity, social identity, relationships, society and culture.