Housed in the former Supreme Court building, the UOB Southeast Asia Gallery presents an exhibition on the art of Southeast Asia through shared artistic impulses across the region.
Starting in the 19th century, the history of Southeast Asian art is characterised by a continuous encounter with the new, inseparably linked to the region’s tumultuous social and political history. The meaning and expression of art was constantly negotiated as artists of Southeast Asia sought to incorporate and reinvent local expressions and aesthetic traditions as they grappled with modernity.
The curatorial narrative explores four main themes places in a broadly chronological sequence, each one critically examining the shared artistic impulse of the region for each period: Authority and Anxiety, Imagining Country and Self, Manifesting the Nation, and Re:Defining Art.
This exhibition contains some artworks with potentially sensitive imagery. Visitor discretion is advised.
Visitors are advised that the UOB Southeast Asia Galleries 5 & 7 will be temporarily closed from 18 Mar–3 Apr 2019 because of artwork rotations. We apologise for any inconvenience caused. Look out for new artworks on display at the exhibition in April!
Includes entry to DBS Singapore Gallery, UOB Southeast Asia Gallery, Wu Guanzhong Gallery, Law of the Land and Lim Cheng Hoe: Painting Singapore.