National Gallery Singapore to go Minimalist for next blockbuster exhibition

The National Gallery Singapore's next blockbuster exhibition will jump forward by about 100 years, from the 19th century to the 1960s and 1970s.
The National Gallery Singapore's next blockbuster exhibition will jump forward by about 100 years, from the 19th century to the 1960s and 1970s.PHOTO: ST FILE

SINGAPORE - The National Gallery Singapore's next blockbuster exhibition will jump forward by about 100 years, from 19th-century Impressionism to the Minimalism of the 1960s and 1970s.

The Gallery announced at a media gathering on Monday (March 12) that the exhibition will bring in noted Minimalist works by artists from around the world, such as Donald Judd and Robert Morris from the United States, Charlotte Posenenske from Germany and Singaporean-British sculptor and printmaker Kim Lim.

It will also feature contemporary artists such as Ai Weiwei from China and Anish Kapoor from Britain.

It will run from November to April next year in the Singtel Special Exhibition Gallery.

Last weekend, the Gallery closed its Century Of Light showcase, which featured more than 60 Impressionist masterpieces from the Musee d'Orsay in Paris by the likes of Claude Monet and Pierre-Auguste Renoir, as well as works by Raden Saleh of Indonesia and Juan Luna of the Philippines, two of the most prominent South-east Asian artists of the 19th century.

Minimalism was a radical movement largely identified with artistic practices in New York in the 1960s and 1970s, although the upcoming exhibition aims to illustrate that artists around the world were also exploring similar ideas and forms.

Rather than attempt to represent some aspect of the real world, they reduced their works to the simplest of geometric forms.

The Gallery said it was not able to provide more information on the ticketed exhibition, including the number of works in it or the price of entry.

Ahead of the Minimalism exhibition, the Gallery will also be putting together (Re)collect: The Making Of Our Art Collection, which will showcase close to 130 works from the National Collection, including those by artists Affandi, Georgette Chen and Latiff Mohidin.

The May exhibition aims to trace the collection's journey from the 1960s to the early 2000s.

Other upcoming highlights at the Gallery include an exhibition on Lim Cheng Hoe, regarded by many as the leading watercolour painter of his generation in Singapore, and another on Chinese ink master Wu Guanzhong, which will explore the relationship between his art and writing. Both will start in August.

An arts festival for children, which will feature interactive installations inspired by a Singapore artist from the National Collection, will begin in May.