An hour @ the museum: Sundaram Tagore Gallery

8 Venetian Canal, Italy (2011). -- PHOTO: STEVE MCCURRY
8 Venetian Canal, Italy (2011). -- PHOTO: STEVE MCCURRY
7 Girl On Ship Prow, Burma (2011). -- PHOTO: STEVE MCCURRY
7 Girl On Ship Prow, Burma (2011). -- PHOTO: STEVE MCCURRY
6 Odenwald 1152 N.12 (2008). -- PHOTO: SUNDARAM TAGORE
6 Odenwald 1152 N.12 (2008). -- PHOTO: SUNDARAM TAGORE
5 L’Orangerie, Chateau De Versailles, France (1983). -- PHOTO: ROBERT POLIDORI
5 L’Orangerie, Chateau De Versailles, France (1983). -- PHOTO: ROBERT POLIDORI
4 Disco Bank, Formerly Iglesia De San Felipe Neri, Aguiar No. 401, Habana Vieja, Havana, Cuba (1997). -- PHOTO: ROBERT POLIDORI
4 Disco Bank, Formerly Iglesia De San Felipe Neri, Aguiar No. 401, Habana Vieja, Havana, Cuba (1997). -- PHOTO: ROBERT POLIDORI
3 Angkor#26 (1993) -- PHOTO: KENRO IZU
3 Angkor#26 (1993) -- PHOTO: KENRO IZU
2 Curvature (2007). -- PHOTO: SUNDARAM TAGORE
2 Curvature (2007). -- PHOTO: SUNDARAM TAGORE
1 Spice One Silk (2008). -- PHOTO: SUNDARAM TAGORE
1 Spice One Silk (2008). -- PHOTO: SUNDARAM TAGORE

IN THIS WEEKLY COLUMN, WE VISIT MUSEUMS AND ART SPACES AN HOUR @ THE MUSEUM AND HIGHLIGHT WHAT YOU SHOULD SEE IF YOU HAVE ONLY AN HOUR TO SPARE

Journey across the world - from the cornfields in the United States to the ancient Angkor ruins in Cambodia - by visiting the Being There exhibition at Sundaram Tagore Gallery.

It corrals together a diverse group of travel-inspired works by artists from countries such as Cuba, France, India and the United States.

Where: Sundaram Tagore Gallery, 01-05 Gillman Barracks, 5 Lock Road

MRT: Labrador Park

When: Till Aug 23, 11am - 7pm (Tue - Sat), 11am - 6pm (Sun) Admission: Free

Tel: 6694-3378

Lee Jian Xuan


1 SPICE ONE SILK (2008)

By Nathan Slate Joseph, pure pigment on galvanised steel, 214x122cm

Glance down at this American artist’s patchwork of massive painted recycled steel plates, which are effectively painting-sculpture amalgamations, and you might mistake them for the large swathes of farmland that blanket the agricultural heartland of the US, such as Nebraska and Iowa.

2 CURVATURE (2007)

By Joan Vennum, oil on canvas, 152x183cm

For this work, the New York-based artist, best known for her abstract canvases of repeated layers and colour gradations, was inspired by observations of daily life in India, such as the sun setting on the Ganges river and women tilling the fields.

3 ANGKOR#26 (1993)

By Kenro Izu, archival pigment print, 91x122cm

The United States-based Japanese photographer used a custom-built, 136kg Deardorff camera to capture religious monuments around the world. This print was derived from a visit to the Angkor ruins in Cambodia.

4 DISCO BANK, FORMERLY IGLESIA DE SAN FELIPE NERI, AGUIAR NO. 401, HABANA VIEJA, HAVANA, CUBA (1997)

By Robert Polidori, archival inkjet print, 152x127cm

The Canadian artist-photographer, through his images, hopes to investigate how buildings are changed by time and their inhabitants. In this photograph, he captures the decaying glory of a mansion in Havana, the capital city of Cuba.

5 L’ORANGERIE, CHATEAU DE VERSAILLES, FRANCE (1983)

By Robert Polidori Archival inkjet print, 102x127cm

Polidori was given permission in the 1980s to document the restoration of the Palace of Versailles, once the hunting ground of French royalty. He has returned on multiple occasions to take more pictures since then.

6 ODENWALD 1152 N.12 (2008)

By Ricardo Mazal Oil on linen, 198x305cm

One of Mexico’s most prominent contemporary artists, Mazal explores the themes of transformation and regeneration by incorporating photography and digital technology in his paintings.

7 GIRL ON SHIP PROW, BURMA (2011)

By Steve McCurry Ultrachrome print, 102x102cm

The American photographer, who is known for covering conflict in war-torn areas such as Afghanistan, Tibet, Sri Lanka and Beirut, headed to Myanmar, where he took this photo aboard a boat.

8 VENETIAN CANAL, ITALY (2011)

By Steve McCurry Ultrachrome print, 102x152cm

McCurry snapped this evocative photo of a gondola steering gingerly through the narrow riverways of Venice while on a 2011 trip to Italy. He wrote on his blog: “Whether you say Gioia di Vivere in Italian or Joie de Vivre in French, you know the difficulty of expressing the intangible in words. I hope these pictures reflect the vibrant joy of life in Italy