(2 November 2015, Monday) For the first time, the public will be able to view art pieces from the United Overseas Bank’s four-decade-old collection, which include paintings by renowned Southeast Asian artists Lim Yew Kuan and Georgette Chen. The exhibition at the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts Galleries 1 and 2 is open to the public till Nov 18. Admission is free.
The 80 art pieces in the collection trace the economic and cultural transformation of Southeast Asia from the 1970s till today. The Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, who curated the exhibition, said the corporate art collection has helped to document Singapore’s fledging art scene then.
“They may be era-specific because an artist was trying to say something in the 70s and in the 80s, but it transcends time, because once it comes to us now, we’re in 2015. It can tell us a different story depending on what we bring to it because we are the ones looking at it, we are the ones trying to figure out what the artist was trying to say,” said Dr Bridget Tracy Tan, director of the Institute of Southeast Asian Arts and Art Galleries at Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts. “This is the reason why all the artworks are so compelling because over time, they still make us feel a certain way, make us think about certain ideas.”
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