For the House; Against the House: Life Imitates Art

For the House; Against the House: Life Imitates Art

14 – 23 January 2022
Gillman Barracks 9 Lock Road #03-22 (go to Google maps)
Tue - Sun : 11 AM - 7 PM
Fri : 11AM - 9 PM
Closed on Mondays
Free Admission

For the House; Against the House: Life Imitates Art

"Life imitates Art far more than Art imitates Life" — Oscar Wilde, The Decay of Lying (1889)

In the year 1959, Singapore had just gained full internal self-governance, leading to the establishment of the Ministry of Culture to focus on the “creation of a sense of national identity”.
How far have we come in achieving this goal today?

The common refrain art imitates life bears serious implications for the use of art in nation-building. If such a statement holds true, art would simply reflect the non-presence of a Singaporean identity. Art must introduce something into the realm of everyday life, one that is not already present in lived experiences, so as to effect a change. For art to have any impact on life itself, life must necessarily imitate art.

For the House; Against the House looks at the evolution of Singapore's arts and cultural landscape through a unique debate format where art illustrates the arguments. Let curator John Tung take you through the propositions and oppositions as artworks from private collections and new commissions chart the path towards a "cultural renaissance". You get the final vote on the role art has had to play in shaping our national identity today.

Free Admission via Registration

List of Artists: Jimmy Ong (SG), Agan Harahap (ID), Anthony Chin (SG), Fyerool Darma (SG), Kentaro Hiroki (JP/TH), Dennis Tan (SG), Nila Choo (SG), Dusadee Huntrakul (TH) 

From Collections: Chen Wei Hsi (SG), Chuah Thean Teng (MY), Tew Nai Yong (MY), Ian Woo (SG), Eddy Susanto (ID), Kanchana Gupta (IN/SG), Yee I-Lann (MY), Lavander Chang (TW/SG)   

Exhibition Advisory 16 (Some Nudity)

Yeo Workshop
8 January – 20 February 2022
A series of new works by Fyerool Darma continuing his bleach paintings and interspersing them with highlighter drawings, embroideries on handphone cases and obj series as visual exercises.
Talk & Discussion
NTU CCA Singapore Residencies, Studios Blocks 37 and 38 Malan Road, Singapore 109452 and 109441
22 January – 23 October 2022
Residencies OPEN provides a rare insight into the inner lives of artist studios by profiling the diversity of contemporary practices in Singapore, with the studio as a space for experimentation and research.
Sundaram Tagore Gallery, Gillman Barracks, 5 Lock Road, #01-05, Singapore 108933
14 January – 19 March 2022
Sundaram Tagore is pleased to present an exhibition of work by eight pioneering women whose paintings, installations and photography reimagine spaces both real and symbolic.
FOST Gallery, 1 Lock Road, #01-02, Singapore 108932
12 January – 5 March 2022
'Somewhere Else: The Forest Reimagined' features Donna Ong’s new multi-disciplinary work which seeks through the transformation of found images to introduce, question and interpret existing depictions of the tropical forest.