Prudential Singapore Eye debuts at ArtScience Museum

Exhibition showcases over 40 stunning artworks by 17 Singaporean artists

Singapore (16 January 2015) – As part of Singapore’s 50th anniversary celebration in the arts and culture scene, ArtScience Museum’s brand new exhibition, Prudential Singapore Eye, will be shining the spotlight on 17 emerging and established Singapore artists.

The exhibition, which runs from 17 January to 28 June, is one of the largest surveys of Singapore’s contemporary art scene to date, with over 40 works on display. These works were shortlisted following a stringent selection process from over 110 entries received.

Curated by an international panel including Serenella Ciclitira (Founder, Prudential Eye Programme), Honor Harger (Executive Director, ArtScience Museum at Marina Bay Sands), Nigel Hurst (CEO, Saatchi Gallery, London) and Tan Boon Hui (Curator and Festival Programmer), the exhibition highlights the emergence of a new and exciting contemporary art scene in Singapore.

Framed and composed to reflect Singapore’s urban context, the works range across various media including painting, installation and photography. The exhibition’s impressive line-up includes Mintio (Samantha Tio), who will be showcasing her large-format photography of Singapore and other Asian cities from her Concrete Euphoria and Conveyance series. The common thread of urban context is also evident in Adeline Kueh’s En Passant, a photography series taken in the old Tanjong Pagar train station which ceased operations in 2011. En Passant evokes a sense of nostalgia, whilst exploring the fleeting nature of time
and place, in a changing city.

Other works on display include several large-scale interactive installations including 3D Tic-Tac-Toe by Angela Chong and Lee Wen’s Ping Pong Go-Round III. These installations offer a reinterpretation of familiar childhood games and their multi-player nature offers the public a platform to interact with one another, opening multiple possibilities for broader dialogue. Visitors will also be intrigued by the formalist and abstract works pursued by artists Kumari Nahappan, Jane Lee and Jeremy Sharma, where the ideas and the evocation of mood take precedence.

Professor Chan Heng Chee, Chairman of the National Arts Council, Singapore said: “As Singapore turns 50, the launch of the Prudential Singapore Eye exhibition is an ideal opportunity to celebrate the best of Singapore’s contemporary artists, look back at their diverse practices and appreciate their creations. This is one of the highlight events of Singapore Art Week. The exhibition is a strong reminder that Singapore is a vibrant art destination and hub and a “must visit” stop. I thank the organisers and partners for their work and look forward to both the exhibition and the book on our artists, which I am sure will be a rich resource.”

David Ciclitira, Founder of Prudential Eye Programme said: “I am delighted that Prudential Singapore Eye kicks off the celebrations of the island’s 50th anniversary celebrations. It is a timely moment to look in depth at what Singapore’s richly talented array of contemporary artists is producing.”

Honor Harger, Executive Director of ArtScience Museum commented: “We are excited to be partnered on this important exhibition which celebrates the strength and diversity of contemporary practice in Singapore. As the institution that sits at the intersection of art, science and technology, ArtScience Museum is proud to present work by some of the most innovative artists working in Singapore today. Working with painting, sculpture, photography, interactive media, games, and even scientific visualisation, the artists in Prudential Singapore Eye show just how vibrant the local art ecosystem is. ArtScience Museum is delighted to support this work and share it with audiences in Singapore and beyond.”

Tomas Urbanec, Chief Executive Officer of Prudential Singapore said: “Prudential has been privileged to be a part of Singapore for 84 years, and we are proud to be celebrating with Singapore in this Golden Jubilee year. Prudential Singapore Eye showcases the diversity and creativity of this dynamic nation, and though our partnership with the British Council, we aim to deliver a creative education programme that engages both students and educators, nurturing creative talent in the country for decades to come.”

Nigel Hurst, Saatchi Gallery CEO commented: “This is the fifth major collaboration between Parallel Contemporary Art, Prudential and the Saatchi Gallery. We are delighted to be working with our partners in our ongoing endeavour to provide a platform highlighting new art in Asia. This project at ArtScience Museum provides a unique showcase for artists emerging in Singapore to bring their work to the attention of a wider international audience.”

For more information on additional programming for Prudential Singapore Eye and ticket prices, please visit www.marinabaysands.com/ArtScienceMuseum

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