Singapore Biennale 2006
Sunday, December 05, 2004
Proposal For Lease Of Space
(18-Nov-2004 to 13-Dec-2004)
The National Arts Council is inviting proposals for the lease of space at 111 Middle Road and 11 Upper Wilkie Road (former NAFA campuses) from individual artists, arts groups and arts businesses to fulfill our vision of developing vibrant arts centres under the Arts Housing Scheme.
Deadline for the submission of proposal has been extended to 12pm on Monday, 13 Dec 2004. Pls refer to the below link for floorplans of both sites, a list of frequently asked questions and facilities available:
www.nac.gov.sg/FAQs and Floorplans.pdf
51st Venice Biennale - Submit Your Proposals Now!
(1-Dec-2004 to 31-Dec-2004)
The National Arts Council (NAC) and the National Heritage Board (NHB) are inviting artistic proposals for the Singapore Pavilion at the Venice Biennale: 51st International Art Exhibition in 2005. Closing date for the submission of proposals for the most prestigious visual arts event in the world is 31 December 2004.
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The concept of 0107 came about from the dearth of an affordable space downtown for our young aspiring artists to work in and to engage the community. It is equipped with a superb audio and visual system, ceiling and wall-mounted steel grids, to function as a ‘black-box’ for many art forms. A 90 square metre space, gritty and brimming with raw energy, it is all geared up for cutting- edge presentations of multi-media works, film screenings, dances, poetry readings, exhibitions, installations, forums, and product launches.
140 Hill Street, MICA Building, #01-07,
Tel : (65) 6837 9821
Fax : (65) 6837 3095
8/12/2004 to 8/1/2005
Opening reception: 8 Dec 2004, 7pm
Frolicking and mischievous... This is the essence of the latest painting show by husband and wife team Paul Koh and Michelle Chang. Catmasutra is the product of the artists’ unwavering adoration and admiration for these half-wild, self-assured hedonistic creatures. In this fun and quirky exploration, Paul and Michelle get their inspiration from street cats and their feline companion, Halo.
Each of Paul’s work has Halo as the motif that binds his paintings in a series that is nostalgic and familiar, set amidst the Singapore landscape, be it in a kopitiam, or the street, or in a household kitchen. Michelle paints cats in surreal landscapes made up of swirls and dots. Her paintings are often described by buyers and critics as 'naïve' and 'childlike'. Paul and Michelle’s cats are symbolic of a way of life. Their obsessive passion for the species is not nurtured or learnt but spontaneous. They believe that cats are without a doubt, the domestic creature most adapted to modern times. Wherever they are, they are capable of being happy and free-spirited – what an inspiration!
Organised by Utterly Art and 37 the bar
37 the bar
37 Keong Saik Road
Utterly Art Exhibition Space
208 South Bridge Road #02-01
Tel: 6226 2605
Grids & Intarsia
9/12/2004 to 15/12/2004
Opening reception: 10 Dec 2004, 7pm
Introducing a brand new series of oil works together with some of her unseen earlier paintings - Mee Ai continues to examine the influence of subjective perception and its communicative function in modern abstract painting.
In these works, she recalls a technique called “intarsia” to create a complex three-dimensionality in her paintings. “Intarsia” (or inlaid) refers to a form of woodworking, cutting and fitting together numerous pieces of wood to create pictures. This traditional technique has been applied to both decorative crafts and fine arts since early human history, reaching the peak of its splendour during the Renaissance period in Italy.
Her laborious process shares similarities with this ancient technique. A special emphasis is paid on the strength of transparencies and colour hues; a careful and patient execution of the work is crucial both technically and conceptually.
She believes that the way we perceive artwork depends on the interaction between our inner experiences and external physical factors like light, reflection and time, etc. “Painting is painting, but when you decide to hang it on your wall it becomes an object of happiness.” Grids & Intarsia launches her career as a professional artist.
Alliance Francaise de Singapour
SG Private Banking Gallery
4/F, 1 Sarkies Road, Singapore 258130
Tel: 6833 9314
Daily, 11am - 6pm
Singapore is privileged to host Botero in Singapore, a solo exhibition by Columbia’s best known living artist. Fernando Botero is a global celebrity and is regarded in his home country as “ Columbia’s soul”. His massive sculptures have won accolades at previous major exhibitions in cities such as Paris, New York, Washington, D.C., Madrid, Venice and most recently, Tokyo.
Singapore is the only Asian city thus far to host a Botero solo exhibition of this scale and magnitude. This major review of Botero’s paintings and sculptures will be held from 9 th December 2004 – 27 th February 2005. 20 monumental outdoor sculptures, and over 70 paintings and 14 smaller sculptures will be exhibited at various venues including Singapore Art Museum and Esplanade Park.
Botero in Singapore brings to an exciting close a bumper year comprising blockbuster sculpture exhibitions. Ju Ming, one of Taiwan’s foremost sculptors, unveiled the final instalment of his famed Taichi Series, at the Singapore Art Museum in July. Indeed, with two living legends holding their exhibitions in Singapore this year, it is testimony that Singapore is a truly Eventful City.
Ju Ming and Botero are exemplary of the world-class, high-calibre arts events which the Singapore Tourism Board aims to bring to fruition in Singapore to galvanise our standing as the definitive cultural capital of Asia.
Singapore is proud to present the first-ever dialogue between Ju Ming and Botero. This public forum, held at the Singapore Art Museum at 6.00 pm on 9 th December, and entitled “Botero and Ju Ming: A Dialogue with the Masters”, lives up to Singapore’s destination branding, “Uniquely Singapore”. This meeting of two great masters from the East and West is a unique event of great significance.
With a year-round calendar of over 2,000 events in the genres of arts, entertainment and sports, Singapore enjoys a wide depth and breadth of events. Singapore’s cultural diversity and cosmopolitan edge give rise to a vibrant events landscape encompassing a smorgasbord of performing and visual arts. Complementing this is a wide range of world-class venues and infrastructure, as well as the necessary technical know-how to cater to all configurations of events.
For time immemorial, Singapore has been the nexus of the best of both Eastern and Western worlds. An exhibition like Botero in Singapore is affirmation that Singapore has come a long way since it began embracing the arts as an expression of its unique way of life.
This exhibition also heralds many more exciting visual arts events in the years to come. The Singapore Tourism Board will continue to play a pivotal role in turning Singapore into a veritable Global City for the Arts.
Singapore Art Museum is a premier visual arts museum in Singapore. It is housed in a colonial building with a total exhibition space of more than 2000sq ft. It is administered by National Heritage Board which is charged with managing all state museums in Singapore.
Singapore Art Musuem, and VW Special Projects Pte Ltd, a company established by the renowned gallerist and curator, Valentine Willie. Over the past decade, he has organised and curated shows regionally and internationally with major cultural institutions. In this project, he is assisted by Stephanie Tham, a Singaporean with wide international experience in the arts and Michelle Tan, a fellow Singapore who has extensive curatorial experience and art management.
Snore Louder If You Can: A Solo Exhibition by Heman Chong
12/7/2004 - 12/24/2004
Opening: 7 Dec 2004, 7pm
Singapore artist Heman Chong, who completed a one-year residency at the Kunstlerhaus Bethanien in 2003 and exhibited in the Singapore pavilion of the 2003 Venice Biennale, returns to The Substation with an exhibition of new works including painting, installation and a performance.
Heman describes the exhibition:
"The works (never exhibited before) are presented in this exhibition as a series of communications about ideas of access. I have always been fascinated about how a person is allowed or rejected into a space or a situation based on specific criteria of authoritarians, e.g. club bouncers, art jurors, electronic ticketing gates at train stations - and along the lines of this concept, I have made over the duration of this year, these works for presentation at The Substation.
I have generally appropriated concepts and styles from conceptualism and minimalism, and it is this strain that I wish to expand on in my work; an endless reworking of ideas inherited from the transmission of other works from exhibitions (real experience) and information (represented experience), in order to see how the works could stand the strain of being copied and realigned, creating different meanings in their forms."
The opening of the exhibition on 7 December 2004 will see Singapore artists including poet Alfian Sa'at, actor Zelda Tatiana Ng, visual artist Yuen Chee Wai and others, participate in a live performance piece, "Untitled (I will not make any more boring art)", that will last for up to 4 hours.
Heman Chong is one of Singapore's more visible artists internationally, having had his works included in events such as the Busan Biennale, Jakarta Biennale, Transmediale 04 in Germany. He was also included in the President's Young Talents Exhibition in 2003 at the Singapore Art Museum.
45 Armenian Street
Tel: 3377 800
11am - 9pm; closed on public holidays
Hong Zhu An
Source: press release
12/2/2004 - 1/15/2005
Opening reception: 2 Dec 2004, 6-8pm
Red Dream 2004
Classically trained in calligraphy since his early youth, Hong Zhu An has been among a select group of painters pushing literati arts into a more cosmopolitan, contemporary realm. Best known for his work with abstract color fields that reference several thousand years of Chinese art through surface texture and tone, Hong Zhu An returns to the fundamental aesthetic of the line in his new paintings. Taking inspiration from the dramatic, drooping forms of willow branches and other tree imagery, he decomposes calligraphic elements into essential gestures that play fitfully between representation and text while still incorporating great swathes of ambient color and tonal depth suggesting elemental phenomena or the visualization of temporal reverberations.
Hong Zhu An’s paintings have developed out of the artist’s own intensely personal journey in search of creative resonance, roving nomad-like across the annals of Chinese material culture to the social realism of Communist China’s academies, street arts in Sydney, and his current residence in Singapore. Included in Going Forward are a number of paintings inspired by a recent trip he took to Bali, where the play of light through the dense, matrix-like branching of the island’s volcanic highland canopies evokes an alchemy of horizon: a lyrical tension between visual immediacy and extinguishment that complements the artist’s chosen media of richly textured mineral pigments on paper. Here, Hong Zhu An masterfully reinvents the painted surface as a terrain to be traversed, a living, breathing ecology both dangerous and enchanting that demands of its explorers a courageous, inquisitive first-step forward.
Hong Zhu An rose to prominence on the Singaporean art scene after winning the prestigious UOB Painting of the Year Grand Award in 1994. He was born in 1955 in Shanghai, China, into a family of painters. After training at the Shanghai Art & Craft Institute from 1973—1976, he became an assistant lecturer there until 1989, also taking a sabbatical from 1982—1983 to study under Professor Huan Wei Yi at the Sichuan Art Academy. Hong Zhu An left China for Australia in 1989, moving to Singapore in 1993 where he earned his MA from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Australia, at LaSalle-SIA College of Arts, Singapore, in 1997.
Plum Blossoms Gallery
555 West 25th Street
New York, NY 10001, USA
Tel: 212 719 7008
Tuesday - Saturday, 10:30am - 6:30pm; close on Sunday & Monday
Plum Blossoms Gallery, New York