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Singapore to take dual look at minimalism

Sep 07. 2018
Olafur ELiasson
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By The Nation

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The National Gallery Singapore and ArtScience Museum are presenting the region’s first exhibition focusing on minimalism from November 16 to April 14.

The two places will together host “Minimalism: Space. Light. Object”, featuring more than 130 works that explore the history and legacy of the groundbreaking art movement that continues to exert a strong influence.

The exhibition will broaden the scope of minimalism’s origins beyond New York to consider related tendencies around the world. A key aspect is the ongoing engagement of minimal art with Asian art and spirituality in the work of Asian, American and European artists.

Olafur Eliasson

The National Gallery’s side of the exhibition will explore the development of minimal art and ideas from the 1950s to the present day, from painting to sculpture and spatial installations and immersive environments. 

It will feature works by Mark Rothko, Donald Judd, Yayoi Kusama, Charlotte Posenenske, Lee Ufan, Olafur Eliasson, Anish Kapoor, Ai Weiwei, Po Po, Kim Lim and Tang Da Wu.

Kim Lim

ArtScience Museum will present a thematic exhibition exploring form, colour and spirituality, including the work of Carmen Herrera, Mona Hatoum and Richard Long, as well as contemporary artists Song Dong, Tan Ping, Charwei Tsai and Japan’s teamLab. 

Singaporean artist Jeremy Sharma will also be showcasing his new commission at the exhibition. 

“This collaboration will enable us to extend the scale of the exhibition to further examine the many rich and complex dimensions of this significant artistic tendency, which has had such an enormous influence but has been little seen in Southeast Asia,” says Dr Eugene Tan, director of National Gallery Singapore. 

Charlotte Posenenske

Honor Harger, executive director of ArtScience Museum, says curators at both museums have together created “a coherent single exhibition that shows how minimalism became a radical turning point in the history of 20th-century art, stepping away from the experience of art as an object, to the consideration of the spatial, social and political contexts in which art exists”. 

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