What is this work of art saying? A museum director says it's all right not to understand artworks

As Singapore Art Week kicks off, a museum director says it's all right not to understand artworks and that art museums play an important role in helping audiences engage with art

As a curator and director of an art museum, I am often expected to understand all the art that I encounter at exhibitions, art fairs, biennales and artists' studios - just to name some of the platforms where art can be seen and experienced today.

While this is not unreasonable, it is certainly not always the case, especially with contemporary art that has been made very recently. I may also not understand what I am seeing at times.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 23, 2019, with the headline 'What is this work of art saying?'. Print Edition | Subscribe