AFTER UTOPIA at Singapore Art Museum


Until October 18, 2015, the SAM (Singapore Art Museum) presents “After Utopia” a permanent collection exhibition that revisits the utopian ideal in Asian Contemporary Art. One exhibition curated by SAM curators Tan Siuli and Louis Ho.

Predicated on a sense that the world is not enough, utopian principles and models of worlds have been perpetually re-imagined, and continue to haunt our consciousness through the centuries. This exhibition comprises iconic works of Southeast Asian and Asian contemporary art drawn from SAM’s permanent collection, artists’ collections and new commissions.

After Utopia” seeks to ask where and how we have located these expressions of both our innermost yearnings as well as our contemporary realities, through 20 artworks by 18 artists and artists’ collectives from Singapore and around the region.

The exhibited artists are Agus Suwage and Davy Linggar (Indonesia), Anurendra Jegadeva (Malaysia), Chris Chong Chan Fui (Malaysia), Donna Ong (Singapore), Gao Lei (China), Geraldine Javier (Philippines), Ian Woo (Singapore), Jitish Kallat (India), Kamin Lertchaiprasert (Thailand), Kawayan de Guia (Philippines), Made Wianta (Indonesia), Maryanto (Indonesia), Shannon Lee Castleman (USA), Shen Shaomin (China), Svay Sareth (Cambodia), Tang Da Wu (Singapore), The Propeller Group (USA and Vietnam), and Yudi Sulistyo (Indonesia).

The exhibition unfolds in four strands: the first explores ideas about utopia through the proverbial, symbolic garden of paradise; the second examines the city as the contested site of the utopian ideal; the third strand revisits the ideologies that have shaped the political and social histories of the region, before finally turning to focus on self-journeys, as the search for utopia is internalized.

“After Utopia” also includes several exhibition-related public programmes such as talks, workshops, and curatorial tours.

“After Utopia: Revisiting the Ideal in Asian Contemporary Art“
Singapore Art Museum (SAM)
71 Bras Basah Road, Singapore 189555
Opening hours :
Mondays to Sundays, 10am to 7pm (Last admission at 6:15pm) ; Fridays 10am to 9pm
Telephone : (+65) 6589 9580
SAM official website : here.


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