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Art review: Unearthed is a fresh look at an evergreen subject

Published on Apr 21, 2014 4:43 PM
 
A plot of land in front of the Singapore Art Museum (SAM) has been dug up and moved inside as an exhibit for the museum's inaugural exhibition titled, Unearthed. The Singapore Art Museum, in its inaugural exhibition as an independent visual arts institution, goes for what is primal - Earth, and man's uneasy relationship with the natural world. -- ST FILE PHOTO: CHEW SENG KIM

The Singapore Art Museum, in its inaugural exhibition as an independent visual arts institution, goes for what is primal - Earth, and man's uneasy relationship with the natural world.

And it is an auspicious start.

The show comprises 30 works by artists based in Singapore and it spans various mediums and practices including psychogeography, the effect of the geographical environment on an individual's emotions, and the current art world's fascination with assemblages by artists as wannabe archivists and anthropologists.

It also includes a complementary exhibition at its annexe in Queen Street, featuring six contemporary art projects from the art residency programme at the Earth Observatory of Singapore, an institute at the Nanyang Technological University which conducts research on geohazards in and around South-east Asia.

 
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