Linen rhino, plastic bottles and axe, dimensions variable. Collection of National Gallery Singapore. Photo: Koh Nguang How.
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In Asia, the period between the s and s was characterised by ideological confrontations, a rise in nationalism, rapid modernisation, and a wave of democratic movements. Significantly, it also gave birth to a multitude of experimental art practices as artists and the wider public were awakened to the emancipatory power of art to shape and assert their identities. Importantly, Awakenings outlines how artists questioned conventions and challenged those around them to assume new positions of criticality in society.
The s to s was a period charged with civil rights upheavals all across Asia, with many insurgencies transpiring from the looming cloud of the global Cold War and the Vietnam War. The exhibition features artists from 12 countries in Asia, who portray their strife against the war, violence, corruption, and inequality that plagued their societies. Along the halls of the gallery, voices echo their histories in artistic defiance of troubled politics. Yet, their ideological confrontations could be felt by any onlooker.
Awakenings: Art in Society in Asia, s—s is a special international exhibition that illuminates the social, political, and cultural changes that occurred throughout Asia in the three decades from the s to the s and the subsequent changes in Asian contemporary art. Featuring some works by approximately prominent artists from Korea, Japan, China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, the Philippines, Thailand, India, Myanmar and Cambodia, this exhibition takes a comparative approach transcending national boundaries to introducing the dynamic qualities of avant-garde art in Asia. From the s to the s, Asian societies experienced radical transformations brought on by decolonization, ideological conflicts rooted in the Cold War, the outbreak of the Vietnam War, the rise of nationalism, rapid modernization, and democratic movements.
Awakenings: Art in Society in Asia s - s. The exhibition then travels to Korea and Singapore in and This is the first exhibition focusing on the period from the s to the s, the transitional period from modern art to contemporary art in the broad area including East Asia, Southeast Asia and South Asia.
This exhibition focuses, on an unprecedented scale, on the period from the s to the s, the dawning of contemporary art in Asian countries. It gathers together provocative, experimental works produced in the turbulent period from more than ten regions and countries, and examines the similarities and differences between them. As the culmination of a five-year joint project by three national museums in Japan, Korea and Singapore and the Japan Foundation Asia Center, the show opens in Japan, and then travels to Korea and Singapore.
Billboards by United Artists Front of Thailand, exhibition installation view. Image courtesy of National Gallery Singapore. The exhibition focuses on the different strategies and socially-charged modes of expression developed by Asian artists during the turbulent postwar years. In the words of Gallery Director, Dr.
The fifth edition of Sydney Contemporary will take place once again at Carriageworks between 12 and 15 Septemberwith Spring bringing together a cohort of 27 galleries from across Australia and the region to inhabit rooms at the Establishment Hotel from 11 to 14 Septemberuniquely presenting contemporary works propped up on Tehran-born, Los Angeles-based artist Tala Madani's paintings and animations fluctuate between comic strip, political satire, and abstraction in their depictions of human figures in their most primal states. Her paintings are characterised by thick and unfinished brushstrokes, which enable an immediacy as they lay bare absurd power systems in Jakarta may be sinking, prompting the announcement last month that Indonesia will create a new capital on the island of Borneo, but the city's longest-running art fair is on the rise.