NATIONAL GALLERY SINGAPORE PRESENTS FIRST MINIMALISM EXHIBITION IN SOUTHEAST ASIA IN COLLABORATION WITH ARTSCIENCE MUSEUM
This November, National Gallery Singapore and ArtScience Museum are collaborating for the first time to present the region’s first exhibition focusing on Minimalism. Led by the Gallery and set across these two sites, over 150 works will explore the history and legacy of this groundbreaking art movement, which continues to influence a wide range of art forms and practitioners across the world today.
Minimalism was a turning point in the history of art. Through the use of simple, geometric forms and non-traditional materials, Minimalism shifted the way that we experience art: it made the physical encounter with the art work, and the space it occupies, increasingly important. This movement has had a profound influence not only on the visual arts, but also on music, performance, fashion, architecture and design.
National Gallery Singapore’s exhibition explores the development of Minimal art and ideas from the 1950s to the present day, tracing its shift from painting to sculpture and then to spatial installations and immersive environments. It will feature works by some of the most significant artists of the past 70 years, including Mark Rothko (USA, 1903–1970), Donald Judd (USA, 1928–1994); Yayoi Kusama (Japan, 1929– ); Charlotte Posenenske (Germany, 1930–1985); Lee Ufan (Korea/Japan 1936– ); Olafur Eliasson (Denmark/Iceland, 1967– ); Anish Kapoor (India/UK 1954– ); Ai Weiwei (China, 1957– ); Po Po (Myanmar, 1957– ) as well as Singaporean artists Kim Lim (1936–1997) and Tang Da Wu (1943– ).
ArtScience Museum’s exhibition will present a thematic exhibition exploring form, colour and spirituality, including the work of influential artists such as Carmen Herrera (Cuba–USA, 1952– ); Mona Hatoum (Lebanon/UK, 1952– ) and Richard Long (UK, 1945– ) as well as contemporary artists Song Dong (China, 1966– ); Tan Ping (China, 1960– ); Charwei Tsai (Vietnam/France/Taiwan, 1980– ) and teamLab (Japan, 2001– ). Singaporean artist Jeremy Sharma (Singapore, 1977– ) will also be showcasing his new commission at the exhibition. ArtScience Museum will also explore the impact and legacies of minimalist sound and experimental composition within a dedicated Sound Room.
Throughout the duration of the exhibition, special programmes at both venues will feature music, film, dance and interactive installation, showing the close engagement of other art forms with Minimalism.
ARTWORK HIGHLIGHTS AT NATIONAL GALLERY SINGAPORE
Room for one colour
Collection of the artist. Installation view at Moderna Museet, Stockholm, 2015.
© Olafur Eliasson; courtesy of the artist, neugerriemschneider, Berlin and Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York; photo by Anders Sune Berg.
5 parts, each 27.5 x 30.5 x 22 cm
Collection of National Gallery Singapore
Series D (Square Tubes), reproduction
Collection of Mehdi Chouakri Gallery, Berlin
Installation view at Kunstsammlung Nordhrein–Westfalen, Düsseldorf © Burkhard Brunn (Estate of Charlotte Posenenske)
Oil on canvas, paper collage and gneiss
218 x 154 x 50 cm
Collection of National Gallery Singapore
© Hla Oo and Po Po; courtesy of Po Po and Yavuz Gallery
TWO LEADING CULTURAL INSTITUTIONS
NATIONAL GALLERY SINGAPORE
National Gallery Singapore is a visual arts institution which oversees the largest public collection of modern art in Singapore and Southeast Asia. Situated in the heart of the Civic District, the Gallery is housed in two national monuments—City Hall and former Supreme Court—that have been beautifully restored and transformed into this exciting venue. Reflecting Singapore’s unique heritage and geographical location, the Gallery features Singapore and Southeast Asian art from Singapore’s National Collection in its long-term and special exhibitions. The Gallery also works with international museums to jointly present Southeast Asian art in the global context, positioning Singapore as a regional and international hub for the visual arts.
ArtScience Museum is a major cultural institution in Singapore that explores the intersection between art, science, technology and culture. It is the cultural component of Marina Bay Sands. Since its opening in February 2011, ArtScience Museum has staged large-scale exhibitions by some of the world’s major artists, including Leonardo da Vinci, M.C. Escher, Salvador Dalí, Andy Warhol and Vincent Van Gogh, as well as exhibitions which explore aspects of science and technology – including particle physics, big data, robotics, palaeontology, marine biology and space science.