SE Asian art exhibit opens at Singapore museum May 10
SINGAPORE – From May 10 to July 20, 2014, Singapore’s Center for Contemporary Art will host the critically acclaimed exhibition “No Country: Contemporary Art for South and Southeast Asia,” as part of the Guggenheim UBS MAP Global Art Initiative. The exhibition was first presented in New York at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum last year before its recent showing at the Asia Society Hong Kong Center.
The exhibition will feature 19 paintings, sculptures, photographs, videos, and mixed-media works by 16 artists and collectives from 11 countries, including Bangladesh, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Pakistan, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, and the United Kingdom. Through these works, “No Country” invites audiences to engage with some of South and Southeast Asia’s most challenging and inventive artists, including Tang Da Wu, who currently lives and works in Singapore.
The Center for Contemporary Art presentation will mark the debut of two works from the Guggenheim UBS MAP Purchase Fund not previously shown as part of “No Country:” Loss by Sheela Gowda and Morning Glory by Sopheap Pich. The exhibition also features individual video installation rooms for works by Amar Kanwar and the Otolith Group.
In spring 2012, a committee of five experts in South and Southeast Asian art nominated candidates from which Singaporean curator June Yap was selected as the first curator appointed in the Guggenheim UBS MAP Global Art Initiative. Yap has been an independent curator since 2008, working with artists throughout the region. In 2011, she organized an exhibition of the work of Ho Tzu Nyen for the Singapore Pavilion at the 2011 Venice Biennale. In 2010, Yap curated “You and I, We’ve Never Been so Far Apart: Works From Asia for the Center for Contemporary Art” in Tel Aviv for the International Video Art Biennial.
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