Singaporean work in Guggenheim show

Singaporean work in Guggenheim show
Our Children by Tang Da Wu is made of steel, glass and milk. It uses the form of a Chinese altar to comment on nature and culture.

A travelling exhibition of Asian art staged by the famous Guggenheim Museum in New York and curated by a Singaporean curator will make its next stop in Singapore.

No Country: Contemporary Art For South And South-east Asia, part of the Guggenheim UBS MAP Global Art Initiative which opened in New York on Feb 22 last year, is the first exhibition of the initiative.

Backed by the banking and financial services group UBS, the programme intends to highlight regions under-represented in the international art scene.

It travelled to the Asia Society in Hong Kong from last October to February and will run from May 10 to July 20 at the Centre for Contemporary Arts in Gillman Barracks.

In an e-mail interview, curator June Yap told Life! she had travelled for three months to countries including Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Myanmar, Vietnam, Cambodia, the Philippines, Bangladesh and India to gather art for the show.

The 39-year-old picked the works of what are regarded as some of the most compelling and innovative voices in the region and South Asia.

Yap said No Country wants to reflect upon "exchanges and relationships within and between South and South-east Asian nation-states" as well as the pressures and effects of globalisation.

Veteran artist Tang Da Wu represents Singapore in the exhibition. His 2012 installation Our Children, made of steel, glass and milk, is among 19 paintings, sculptures, photographs, videos and mixed-media works by 16 artists and collectives from 11 countries. Our Children, a comment on interactions between nature and culture, is a minimalist work presented in the form of a Chinese altar.

The Asian show is a landmark event as it seeks to broaden the reach of the Guggenheim, which boasts one of the world's top art collections.

Its New York collection has more than 6,800 artworks, with only 12 from South and South-east Asia and none from Singapore. The works in the show will be acquired by the institution for its permanent collection.

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