ARTIST AND EMPIRE: (EN)COUNTERING COLONIAL LEGACIES

ARTIST AND EMPIRE: (EN)COUNTERING COLONIAL LEGACIES

 

 

 

 

ABOUT THE EXHIBITION

 

FREE ENTRY FROM 20 - 26 MAR 2017

Organised in association with Tate Britain, the Gallery’s second international exhibition explores the different ways in which the British Empire has been represented and contested through art. It critically examines art produced for the British Empire from a contemporary perspective, and features viewpoints from Southeast Asia. The exhibition also takes a close look at the relationship between colonial experience and the rise of modern art in former colonies such as Singapore, with a special focus on Sir Stamford Raffles.

Ranging from the 16th century to the present day, Artist and Empire draws upon close to 200 works from international and regional collections as well as Singapore institutions.

Artist and Empire is organised by National Gallery Singapore in association with Tate Britain, London.

Dates: 06 Oct 2016 - 26 Mar 2017

Venue: City Hall Wing, Singtel Special Exhibition Gallery, Level 3

Price: Free entry from 20 - 26 Mar 2017 | More ticketing information

Image credit: Thomas Jones Barker. 'The Secret of England’s Greatness' (Queen Victoria Presenting A Bible in the Audience Chamber at Windsor). c. 1863. Oil on canvas. 167.6 x 213.8 cm. Collection of National Portrait Gallery, London. © National Portrait Gallery, London.


CONTESTS AND PROMOTIONS

 

ARTIST AND EMPIRE: (EN)COUNTERING COLONIAL LEGACIES CONTEST | 1 - 19 MARCH 2017

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PRIZES

1st Prize: 1 night stay with 2 breakfasts in the Merlion Suite at Le Meridien, Sentosa

2nd - 4th Prizes: Set comprising of an Artist And Empire PVC Tote Bag, A3 Risograph Poster, Paper Fan (worth $95)

10 Consolation Prizes: Set comprising of an Artist And Empire Canvas Tote Bag, Paper Fan (worth $19)

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

1. Contest is valid from 1 - 19 March 2017

2. Contest is open to all paid visitors to the Artist And Empire exhibition between 1 - 19 March 2017

3. Every ticket purchased is entitled to 1 entry

4. Digital form must be filled up at ticketing counter to be entered into the contest

5. All winners will be notified by email and/or phone by 31 March 2017

6. Prizes must be collected by 30 April 2017

7. Prizes are non-exchangeable, non-refundable 


NOT EVERYTHING IS BLACK AND WHITE: AN EXCLUSIVE TOUR WITH MR BROWN

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Thank you for joining us on our exclusive tours of Artist and Empire with mrbrown!

60 lucky participantswere given the chance—across three weekends—to experience the Gallery’s Artist & Empire exhibition with popular blogger mrbrown and one of the Gallery’s curators. They enjoyed the light-hearted and educational dialogue between the two as they were brought on a journey to examine the art produced for the British Empire from different perspectives. 

 


MORE WORKS IN PUBLIC SPACES

 

This exhibition extends beyond the Singtel Special Exhibition Gallery. Look out for two artworks on display—one contemporary and one historical—that represent key themes of the show and encourage different ways of looking at the Empire.

Re: Looking at former Supreme Court Foyer

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Image credit: Wong Hoy Cheong. Re:Looking 2002–2003 (with a simplified installation in collaboration with National Gallery Singapore, 2016). 2003–2004. Mixed media. Video in the collection of Singapore Art Museum. Image courtesy of Ung Ruey Loon.
 

In 2002, Malaysian artist Wong Hoy Cheong turned history on its head with his video Re:Looking. Presented as a fictional documentary, it explored an alternative narrative in which Austria had been colonised by Malaysia. For this re-creation, Wong constructed a new setting for his work using salvaged architectural fixtures from the colonial-era National Gallery Singapore buildings.

 

Statue of Queen Victoria at UOB City Hall Courtyard

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Image credit: Emanuel Edward Geflowski. Statue of Queen Victoria. 1888. Marble. 186 x 177cm. Collection of National Museum of Singapore. Image courtesy of Ung Ruey Loon.

 

This statue of Queen Victoria was commissioned by the Chinese community of Singapore on her Golden Jubilee in 1887. Similar statues were commissioned across the Empire for this occasion. This statue was originally placed in the dining room of Government House (today the State Room of the Istana), and after independence was relocated to the open grounds of the Istana.