Awakenings exhibition at National Gallery Singapore explores art and social activism from 1960s to 1990s

They Poach the Rhino, Chop Off His Horn and Make This Drink by Tang Da Wu at the National Gallery on June 7, 2019.
They Poach the Rhino, Chop Off His Horn and Make This Drink by Tang Da Wu at the National Gallery on June 7, 2019.ST PHOTO: SHINTARO TAY
Chinese artist Wang Jin's photos and gelatin silver prints on paper, titled Ice 96 Central China. It features photos of performance in 1996 where he built a long wall of ice and embedded over 1,000 consumer goods such as mobile phones and leather goo
Chinese artist Wang Jin's photos and gelatin silver prints on paper, titled Ice 96 Central China. It features photos of performance in 1996 where he built a long wall of ice and embedded over 1,000 consumer goods such as mobile phones and leather goods inside.ST PHOTO: SHINTARO TAY
Filipino artist Jose Tence Ruiz's Erding Erdrayb at Ang Kanyang Palasyong Agaw-Tanaw (Erding Erdrayb and His Eye-Catching Palace), a 1980 work that evokes the vibrantly decorated jeepneys (public mini buses) ubiquitous on Manila’s roads.
Filipino artist Jose Tence Ruiz's Erding Erdrayb at Ang Kanyang Palasyong Agaw-Tanaw (Erding Erdrayb and His Eye-Catching Palace), a 1980 work that evokes the vibrantly decorated jeepneys (public mini buses) ubiquitous on Manila’s roads.ST PHOTO: SHINTARO TAY

SINGAPORE - Three small, deformed sculptures by second generation Singapore artist Teo Eng Seng are easy to miss amid the visual clamour of the National Gallery Singapore's Awakenings exhibition - a showcase of more than 140 provocative works by Asian artists such as Japanese-American Yoko Ono and Singaporean Tang Da Wu.

Yet Teo's rarely seen cuboid works - made more than 30 years ago from plaster of Paris coated with silver paint and shoe polish - will likely weigh on the minds of those who take the time to view them.

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