Highlights of the Minimalism exhibition at National Gallery and ArtScience Museum

Neon Light Installations by Peter Kennedy, one of the works featured in the Minimalism: Space. Light. Object. exhibition at the National Gallery Singapore.
Neon Light Installations by Peter Kennedy, one of the works featured in the Minimalism: Space. Light. Object. exhibition at the National Gallery Singapore.PHOTO: NATIONAL GALLERY SINGAPORE

SINGAPORE - The exhibition Minimalism: Space. Light. Object., traces the roots of this influential 20th-century art movement. Arts Correspondent Akshita Nanda picks the works you should not miss.

HIGHLIGHTS AT NATIONAL GALLERY SINGAPORE

Neon Light Installations by Peter Kennedy

1970-2002

This colourful work is considered to be one of the earliest examples of installation art in Australia and is shown outside the country for the first time. Using a rainbow array of neon light tubes, artist Peter Kennedy plays with how colour can define and transform a space.

Sunflower Seeds by Ai Weiwei

2010


Sunflower Seeds by Ai Weiwei. PHOTO: NATIONAL GALLERY SINGAPORE

Repetition was a key feature of Minimalist works and thousands of porcelain beads, shaped and sized to look like sunflower seeds, make up this installation by influential Chinese artist Ai Weiwei. Though the seeds look similar, each is unique and handcrafted by artisans in Jingdezhen, China. Through this installation, Ai challenges the popular idea that "Made in China" is synonymous with cheap mass production.

Mega Death by Tatsuo Miyajima

1999/2016


Mega Death by Tatsuo Miyajima. PHOTO: NATIONAL GALLERY SINGAPORE

This installation by the Japanese artist evokes the Buddhist cycle of life, death and rebirth. The LED panels display numbers in a repeated cycle, each time counting down from nine to one. The title refers to the vast number of lives lost in the 20th century during various conflicts.

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Untitled (Six Boxes) by Donald Judd

1974


Untitled (Six Boxes) by Donald Judd. PHOTO: MARINA BAY SANDS

 

American artist Donald Judd was a key figure of the Minimalist movement from the 1960s, using geometric forms and industrial materials to create his sculptures. This installation features six brass boxes placed on the floor, with a set distance between each box. Viewers are encouraged to walk around the work and consider how it modifies the space in which it is displayed.

Seu corpo da obra (Your Body Of Work) by Olafur Eliasson

2011


Seu corpo da obra (Your Body Of Work) by Olafur Eliasson. PHOTO: MARINA BAY SANDS

Danish-Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson creates an immersive, multi-coloured maze of translucent plastic sheets, with spotlights providing illumination. As viewers walk through the installation, they experience a variety of colours at different points, depending on the overlay of coloured sheets.

Haumea by Tawatchai Puntusawasdi

2016


Haumea by Tawatchai Puntusawasdi. PHOTO: MARINA BAY SANDS

Thai artist Tawatchai Puntusawasdi draws from Minimalist ideas about geometry, industrial materials and repetition in this sculpture made of aluminium plates riveted together. Roughly 2m-long, Haumea is named after a dwarf planet in our solar system. It spins so rapidly that it has an elliptical shape, rather than spherical.

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