Saturday, December 21, 2002
Looking for something new and exciting to do on
Christmas Night? How about a night of performances by
KYTV and The Sunseekers?
KYTV is a group of artists whose act is a fusion of
their art practices, including sound, projections, and
absurd appendages. Right after their sold-out
performances in The Substation's Septfest and
Theatrefest, KYTV presents Mata Koyak 1.1, a
performance between music and movement, located at the
The Sunseekers is the resident band of The Artists
Village. A post-New Age Music band with a single and
an MTV to its name, The Sunseekers presents an
interactive sound and music performance where
audiences are encouraged to pick up instruments and
play with the band.
Come and spend a memorable musical and performative
Christmas Night with us!
Organised and conceptualised by The Artists Village
and sponsored by Lee Foundation.
Date: 25 Dec 2002
Venue: Utterly Art (208 South Bridge Road, tel: 62262605)
Admission is free.
Geoffrey Bawa Drawings
Opening on 8 January 2003, 6 pm to 9 pm
59-61 Kim Yam Road, Singapore 239360
The exhibition celebrates the work of Sri Lankan architect Geoffrey Bawa and marks the publication of the book "Geoffrey Bawa - The Complete Works" by David Robson. It is shown with permission of the Lunuganga Trust and with the generous support of Planet Geen Pte Ltd, Space &Time, e+i. inc., Grapes & Bubbles and Singapore Art Museum.
The exhibition continues until 23 January 2003. Mr Channa Daswatte, manager of Geoffrey Bawa's office in Sri Lanka, will deliver a keynote lecture on Geoffrey Bawa at Singapore Art Museum, Auditorium. 7 pm, on 9 January, 2003. Admission is free.
Geoffrey Bawa has come to be regarded as one of the most significant Asian architects of the 20th Century, and his influence has spread far beyond the shores of his native Sri Lanka. In 2001 his pre-eminence was finally confirmed when he received the Aga Khan’s Chairman’s Award for Architecture, becoming only the third architect to be thus honoured since the awards programme was inaugurated in 1980.
Bawa was born to Moslem / Burgher parents in 1919 in what was then the British Colony of Ceylon. In 1938 he came to Britain and studied English at Cambridge and Law in London. After briefly revisiting Colombo in 1946 he embarked on two years of restless travel. When a plan to buy a villa overlooking Lake Garda fell through in 1948, he returned finally to Ceylon and bought Lunuganga, an abandoned rubber estate on the south-west coast, with a view to transforming it into a tropical evocation of a Renaissance Italian garden, a project which was to occupy him for the rest of his life. The garden project awoke in him the ambition to become an architect and he returned to London in 1953 to study at the Architectural Association. At the time, he was the tallest, the oldest and possibly the wealthiest student in the School and was remembered for flamboyant dress, his Rolls Royce and his habit of using his legal training to cross-examine his teachers.
Having spent much of his final year in Rome, returning at breakneck speed in his Rolls for occasional tutorials, he qualified in 1957 and returned to Ceylon to take up a partnership in the near moribund firm of Edwards, Reid and Begg.
Over the next 40 years he built up a portfolio of almost two hundred projects, establishing a canon of prototypes for hotels, schools, religious and civic buildings and social buildings in newly independent Sri Lanka. His house for Batik artist Ena de Silva, completed in 1961 was a subtle fusion of traditional forms with modernist ideals and presaged a decade of work which culminated in the Bentota Beach Hotel, the first modern Asian hotel to capture the spirit of its place. During the 1980s he built his most significant projects: Sri Lanka’s new parliament at Kotte and the Ruhunu University Campus near Matara. Then in 1989, having withdrawn suddenly from the office which he had built up, he started up a new practice with young assistants in his Colombo home and produced a stream of projects of breathtaking originality, among them the Kandalama Hotel and the cliff-top Jayewardene house at Mirissa.
Finally in 1998, only a few weeks after receiving a visit from Prince Charles, Bawl suffered the massive stroke which has left him paralysed and unable to talk, and now spends much of his time in a small house on the Cinnamon Hill at Lunuganga surveying the garden which he continued to fashion for half a century.
Sunday, December 15, 2002
B.E.A.U.T.Y, from Dec 19-31, 11.30 am to 8 pm, Utterly Art, 208 South Bridge Road. Tel: 6226 2605
Clay Speaks, from Dec 13-22, 11.30 am to 7.30 pm, Ngee Ann Cultural Centre Exhibition Hall, 97 Tank Road. Tel: 6235 5500
Made in Singapore, Dec 9-Jan 12, 11 am to 8 pm, Art Seasons, 5 Gemmill Lane. Tel: 6221 1800
Nu-Sense 2002, from Dec 16-24, 11 am to 8 pm, at the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts Selegie Gallery, 1A Short Street
Paris Mon Amour, from Dec 12-Jan 6, Opera Gallery, 11 am to 8 pm (weekdays), 10 am-8 pm (weekends) #02-12H Ngee Ann City. Tel: 6735 2618
The Spirit Within, from Dec 6-Jan 4, 11 am to 6 pm, 91 Lorong J Telok Kurau. Tel: 6348 0535
a celebration in the poetry of filmic art. it is a journey into space and a negation
of emotion. the films portray the painting of shadows, a reflection of the rhythm
that pulsates and embodies emotion. it is a celebration of open spaces within
the enclosed boundaries of lyrical existence. the films’ sensual apprehension
beautify the melodious existence of familiarity and environment. a
contemplation of uncertainty in the light of an acknowledgement of awareness.
it represents a forethought into the inspiral transitions of sensual experience.
a saucepan simmering, and a relevation of promise. a resolution of lyric without rhyme.
a composition of melody fused by the conjunction of sense and thought. a poetic
accompaniment to the films that unfold in the stream of thought as coherent
and resounding. reproduction of physicality and sound, a meandering into life,
its common senses and meaning. the poems...
3. Dies Lunae ^/nubium
5. In the Trees
1. Moments Alone
2. A Promise
6. Theme for ‘Who is He?’
7. Resume (by Dorothy Parker, a tribute)
Welcome to this invitation-only screening. Cellophane II will be screened at 3- 4.30pm on Mon. 16/12/02 at the Goethe Institut. All 5 films will be screened with the exception of the poetry recital. The screening will be held in the Auditorium.
The Ngee Ann Cultural Centre
The Ngee Ann Cultural Centre (NACC) is a Space to Embrace Art, situated within the Teochew Building on 97 Tank Rd. Its centralised location is ideal and convenient to showcase artworks for public viewing. The NACC was established by the Ngee Ann Kongsi in 1998 to promote the awareness and appreciation of art and culture in Singapore. Steeped in tradition, the non-profit organisation is promoting artists by offering exhibition space, facilities and organizational resources for local and international artistic and cultural activities, with a recent recognition for artistic expression and activities from contemporary to modern, from performing arts to photo and painting exhibits. The NACC is eager to play its part in bridging art to the people, and people to the art. The NACC would be glad to give proposals a review on a case-by-case basis, in the provision of exhibition space and other logistical support. All queries to be addressed to Miss Foo who is the Event Coordinator.
STPI Public Lecture Series
Jan 4 2003 : 2.30pm
"The Challenges and Pitfalls of Art Collecting: Renaissance to Contemporary" by Dr Edmund P.Pillsbury.
The New York Times calls Dr. Pillsbury "one of the most gifted men in the American museum profession." As an authority on Italian Renaissance Art and an avid collector of contemporary art, Dr. Pillsbury has brought international recognition to the Kimbell Art Museum in Texas by overseeing one of the most ambitious acquisition and exhibition programmes in the U.S. He has worked with many world famous institutions such as The Frick Collection,The J.Paul Getty Museum,The American Academy in Rome and the Louvre.
Dr. Pillsbury is the CEO of Pillsbury and Peters Fine Art of Dallas and sits on the International Advisory Board of the State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia as well as the American Academy of Arts & Sciences. He is also a recipient of the prestigious Order of Arts and Letters (Chevalier dans l'Ordre des Arts et Lettres) from the French government. He will be sharing his experiences as a museum director and a private collector of contemporary art with those interested in art collecting.
Venue: Singapore Repertory Theatre - Free Admission
Limited seating. Tickets are available to be picked up at STPI's gallery from 14 Dec 2002 or call for reservations.
Jan 11 2003 : 2.30pm
"Pop Art and Prints"
Talk by Malian Lahey and Emi Eu
As a visual artist, Malian Lahey will share her perspectives on three Pop Artists -
Jasper Johns, James Rosenquist and Roy Lichtenstein - exhibited in
"Tear Up The Rule Books". The talk will be followed by an open discussion on collecting prints and a special tour by Emi Eu.
Venue: STPI AV Rm - Free Admission. Limited seating.
The current exhibition "Tear Up the Rule Books has been extended to January 26, 2003.