Calendar of Events
25th ExxonMobil Campus Concerts Opening Show: Timbre MusicFest on Campus
By Timbre Artistes
Fri 13 Aug 2010, 6pm - 11pm
University Cultural Centre
Join us for an all-out party as we celebrate the 25th anniversary of ExxonMobil Campus Concerts opening with Timbre MusicFest on Campus 2010. Enjoy upbeat tempos, brazilian samba and that infectious vibe to dance to by leading local bands such as Goodfellas, Soulfellas, Shaggies, and Wicked Aura Batucada.
Catch our very own NUS students, handpicked and trained by Timbre Music Academy, as they perform together with the Timbre Music Academy All-Stars. Come early and enjoy fabulous food (free snacks for the first 100) and free beer (whilst stocks last)!
Dress up as your favourite musician or rock star and be spotted to win attractive prizes. Stand a chance to win an Apple iPad at our lucky draw too. An event not to be missed!
Antipas Delatavo: Dire Patterns
Till 17 Sep 2010
A painter entrenched in an unfolding milieu of societal affliction in the Philippines, Antipas Delotavo's long-standing practice is marked by a commitment towards social realism as an expression that lay bare society's physical and psychological states. This is a practice that is contingent on the shifting political and economic grounds that define the status and conditions of the underclass. Militarism of the 1970s, popular uprising of the 1980s, the waning influence of the political left, and the emergent global economy characterised by migration of labour and rise of remittance economy provide changing contexts to this practice, further complicating the vexing questions of art making as cogent political activism, and its problematic, if not contradictory, relationship with structures that sustain practice. Delotavo's recent series Dire Patterns conflates these histories, contexts and questions, to enact an unerring regard for art and its productive role in socialising ideas, and its necessary engagement with capitalistic mechanisms of commodity and power. Emblems of political and economic struggles recur as repeated motifs, stylised and embedded onto the very wall that separates power's benign opulence and situation of lack, a predicament of oblique complicity and resistance.
[Image: Antipas Delotavo, Creature Comfort, 2010, Oil on Canvas]
Cheong Soo Pieng
Till 31 July 2010
An exhibition of works of one of Singapore’s most influential artists, the late Cheong Soo Pieng from 1947 (his arrival in Singapore from China) to 1966 (after his trip from London). The exhibition emphasises on the archival and presented to foreshadow and facilitate future research and projects that may extrapolate aspects of Cheong’s practice and his influence on later generations of artistes. Giving primacy to the assembling of materials – from artworks to a range of documentations, such as newspaper cuttings, publications, video and oral interviews, the exhibition builds a preliminary perspective of Cheong Soo Pieng that is nuanced, but at the same time allows multiple trajectories for later investigations.
A collaboration between NUS Museum and The National Art Gallery, Singapore, this is the first exhibition on Cheong Soo Pieng since his lat solo exhibition, 19 years ago.
[Image: Cheong Soo Pieng, Brook, 1953, oil on canvas. NUS Museum Collection ]
Southeast Asian Ceramics New Light on Old Pottery
Till 25 July 2010
This exhibition features ceramics produced in Southeast Asian kilns from as early as the 11th century. Research in ceramics over the past decades has uncovered a wealth of data about the centres of production, characteristics of wares from various kilns and the active timeframe of these sites.
Our knowledge about the consumption trends of Southeast Asian ceramics has also been enhanced through finds from both land and maritime archaeology. Employed in concert with written sources, such archaeological data have been crucial in reconstructing the region’s pre-modern socio-economic and cultural history and providing a more thorough picture of site usage patterns and intra-regional interactions.
[Image: Fragment from a guardian figure, Sawankhaloke, Thailand, 15th - 16th century]
Ways of Seeing Chinese Art
Ways of Seeing Chinese Art features over 200 objects including ceramics, jades and bronzes from the Lee Kong Chian Collection. The exhibition presents a comprehensive history of Chinese ceramic art with more than 100 ceramic pieces dating from prehistory to the early 20th century, representing wares produced by major kilns in China.
[Image: Polychrome Jar with Floral Motif, Late Ming (17th C), Jingdezhen Ware, Jiangxi]
Sculpting Life: The Ng Eng Teng Collection
Ng Eng Teng (1934 – 2001) was a painter and potter by training but is most recognised for his sculptural pieces featuring humanist themes. A beneficiary of the artist's generous donations, NUS Museum has over 1,000 of Ng's works including sketches, paintings, maquettes, sculptures, figurines and pottery. An archival display-cum-exhibition, the presentation will be divided into three sections – The Formative Years, Body/Form/Perspectives, d Materials/Processes/Public Works – exploring a range of biographical, stylistic and thematic interests. The presentation surveys the breadth and depth of Ng’s oeuvre and encourages further research and dialogue on the artist, his productions and facets of the era in which he lived and worked.
[Image: Ng Eng Teng, Acrobat (detail), 1988, Ciment fondu, paint, lacquer]