Lee Wen: Lucid Dreams in the Reverie of the Real. The exhibition presents key works spanning two-and-a-half decades alongside two new works. The act of collaboration is a key aspect of his artistic practice. For the duration of the show, Lee has planned a series of collaborative performances and dialogue sessions with other performance art practitioners, musicians and activists. Drawn entirely from the contemporary art collection of the museum, this first edition of 'Panorama' features 24 artists from 8 Asian countries.
20 April to 10 June 2012
Lucid Dreams in the Reverie of the Real
Curated by SAM senior curator Khairuddin Hori
Lucid Dreams in the Reverie of the Real is an exhibition of works by Lee Wen, a multidisciplinary artist and one of Singapore’s most internationally recognised contemporary artists. His earliest known work, a book with texts and drawings entitled A Waking Dream (1981), preceded the manga generation of today. It also showed evidence of his inclination in using dreams, metaphor and myth-making to manifest a narrative of our perception of life and reality.
Best known for his Yellow Man series of works, Lee is also one of the pioneers of performance art in Singapore. Through various constructed personas, his works allow visitors an insight into the artist and provocateur, whose very being is motivated by a strong conviction of justice and idealism, with a persistence to stay true to the self in a highly structured world.
This exhibition presents key works spanning two-and-a-half decades alongside two new works. Lee will also perform ‘live’ during selected exhibition periods and talk about his experiences and development as an artist, covering subjects such as memories and myth-making.
The act of collaboration is a key aspect of Lee’s artistic practice. For the duration of the exhibition, Lee has planned a series of collaborative performances and dialogue sessions with other performance art practitioners, musicians and activists. Join him and his guests as they engage with various aspects of Lee Wen: Lucid Dreams in the Reverie of the Real.
R.O.O.M. (Random Offerings Of Music)
In collaboration with Jordan Johari
A reconstructed installation piece by Lee, Songs of Sisyphus in the Key of Narcissus is a collaborative work that will incorporate a recording studio, where visitors can perform a piece of music spontaneously, or simply jam along with the ‘mountain’.
In a series of Random Offerings Of Music (R.O.O.M.), visitors are invited to join Lee and his musical collaborator Jordan Johari in a 'live' jamming session.
O.O.P.S. (Offerings Of PerformanceS)
In collaboration with Rubin Hashim, Angie Seah, Willis Turner, Chand Chandra Mohan, Elizabeth Lim, Reef, Kai Lam and Jason Lee
Lee has invited various local performance artists to either create a solo performance or take part in a collaborative performance with him.
D.I.A. (Dialogue with Independent Activists)
Lee will engage with independent activists in Singapore who in the course of their public interactions adopt creative approaches similar to some of the strategies used by artists. Join him and his guests as they seek to find out the overlaps and differences in their diverse fields of work.
To accompany the exhibition, a publication Singapore Contemporary Artist Series: Lee Wen: Lucid Dreams in the Reverie of the Real, will be launched on 11 May 2012 to provide comprehensive documentation of Lee's practice, including his overseas showcases and reconstructed works. There will also be performance art workshops by the artist, a dialogue with Lee and exhibition tours.
20 April 2012 to 25 December 2012
Recent Art from Contemporary Asia
Contemporary art is often a dialogue with the social, economic and cultural issues of the present. The explosion of art produced in Asia since 2000 can thus be a window allowing us a view or vista into the epochal changes happening around us. Cultures melt into each other, while urbanisation has transformed once familiar landscapes beyond recognition. At the same time, local communities and localities have responded to these homogenising forces with re-assertions of local identity and distinctiveness. Debates and discussions are taking place in various localities across the globe, and at ‘fibre-optic’ speeds through the Internet which no longer allow us the possibility of living in isolated silos.
PANORAMA offers a wide lens to examine our world and chart some of the issues pervading contemporary art-making in Asia today - the negotiation over values, social and political change, escalating urbanisation and the subsequent pressures on nature. Artists such as Agnes Arellano remind us of the power of myth and its role in constructing tradition and identity. Agus Suwage tracks the power of media images and how their mass circulation in our consumer society has shaped our perceptions of the world. Nalini Malani recalls the contest of values that has led to many conflicts in the world, while :phunk points us to ‘electricity’, as a symbol of the creative energy that has propelled the growth of modern global cities like Singapore.
Drawn entirely from the contemporary art collection of the Singapore Art Museum, this first edition of PANORAMA features 24 artists from 8 Asian countries working in painting, sculpture, drawing, photography, video and installation. PANORAMA part II is scheduled for 2013/2014.
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