In his first solo show in Singapore after more than 12 years, acclaimed Singaporean photographer and art gallerist Chua Soo Bin presents more than 50 beautifully intimate portraits of late Chinese painter Wu Guanzhong shot between the mid-1980s to late 2000s.
This comprehensive collection of images – shown for the first time in Singapore and Southeast Asia – documents the creative life of Wu and how he sought inspiration for some of his most significant artworks. The showcase is organised along three main chapters: Wu’s trip to Singapore in the 1980s where he created memorable paintings from the Singapore Bird Park, to the British Museum in London where he staged his solo show – one of the most prestigious platforms in Europe accorded to a Chinese artist in the early 1990s, and finally to Indonesia and Thailand where enchanted by the idyllic tropics, the artist in his 80s painted even more tirelessly.
Unfurling alongside is a deep friendship, admiration and respect between two prominent artists of the contemporary age, one painting with ink and oil and the other with light, that traversed time and geography.
19 Aug, Sat | 2.30pm – 4pm | Blue Room | Free with registration here
Hear Chua Soo Bin and art writer Teo Han Wue share their recollections of late Chinese artist Wu Guanzhong and his close association with Singapore and Southeast Asia since the 1980s, which eventually led to his generous donation of paintings to Singapore in 2008. The session is conducted in Mandarin.
2 Sep, Sat | 3pm – 4.30pm | Blue Room | Free with registration here
Join prominent Singaporean artist and former National Museum curator Choy Weng Yang and Teo Han Wue as they explore the phenomenon of photographers who document the creative life and works of artists. Find out more about the dynamics of such pairings, as well as the challenges and rewards of such partnerships. The session is conducted in English.
Venue: The Arts House, 1 Old Parliament Lane, Singapore
When: 18 Aug - 18 Sep 2017, 10am - 10pm
By: The Arts House