Cat Olympics: in memory of Torajiro is a solo exhibition by Japanese artist, Nobuaki Takekawa. Through his participation in the Singapore Biennale 2016 and previous solo exhibitions at the gallery in 2013 and 2016, Takekawa has established a familiarity with the local audience. His work has been exhibited internationally in China, France, Japan, Russia, Singapore and more.
This exhibition was first held in the gallery’s Shanghai space last year. Incorporating some new works, the show now travels to Singapore. Upon entry, one will see a mega sporting event held at 3 miniature model venues, including an opening ceremony stadium, an aquatic center and a gymnasium. Hundreds of cat athletes, made out of ceramic, are engaged in various sporting activities. Besides the installation works, 10 monotypes on paper, cat-shaped protest signs and drawings on paper are also included in this exhibition. At first glance, one is welcomed by the lively and cheery atmosphere of the whimsical cat athletes. However, on closer observation, one realizes that the cat-shaped paper relief works have wooden stick handles attached to them – they are modelled after protest signs that activists use during demonstrations, with each cat claiming its own rights.
Opening reception in the presence of the artist: Friday, 2 March 2018, 6.30 – 8.30 pm
Venue: Ota Fine Arts, 7 Lock Road, #02-13 Gillman Barracks, Singapore 108935
When: 2 Mar - 7 Apr 2018,
By: Ota Fine Arts