A Review of Reframing Modernism: Painting from Southeast Asia, Europe and Beyond

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by Luke Chua The first international exhibition of the National Gallery Singapore (NGS), titled Reframing Modernism, rides on the huge waves generated by the opening of the Gallery as one of the largest visual art museums in the region in November 2015. The exhibition aim is impressive: to reframe the understanding of modernism which has been built by decades of art historical scholarship. While Read more....

A Review of Between Here and Nanyang: Marco Hsu’s A Brief History of Malayan Art

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Between Here and Nanyang is an exhibition in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of Marco Hsu’s A Brief History of Malayan Art and is intended to coincide with Singapore’s fifty years of independence in 2015. The text seeks to break away from the view that Malaya is a cultural desert, to highlight the vibrancy of Malayan art and define the Malayan cultural identity. Read more....

The Arab World on its Terms and Conditions

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by Durriya Dohadwala - Singapore’s link with the Arab world dates back to the early 19th century when Arab traders plied the sea routes between Asia and Europe. Some of the traders settled here, bringing their culture and customs with them which today we see amalgamated into Singapore’s multi cultural community. Arab art however, is something that is rarely seen here, especially in a contemporary Read more....

Weighing History through Modern and Contemporary Asian Art

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by Durriya Dohadwala - The third edition of the Collector’s Show is now on at the Singapore Art Museum. The exhibition, which is usually timed to open with and complement Art Stage Singapore, showcases 23 works from private collections around the world. Held together with the theme “Weight of History”, the works are an exploration on how the past has shaped the present; via memories, traditions, Read more....