Singapore Art Week at The Projector

Singapore Art Week at The Projector

WHEN
15 – 31 January 2021
VENUE
The Projector, 6001 Beach Road, Golden Mile Tower, #05-00 (go to Google maps)
Online via The Projector Plus
OPENING HOURS
Mon – Fri, 4pm – 8.30pm
Sat & Sun, 1pm – 8.30pm
ADMISSION
Admission Fees Apply
WEBSITE
https://theprojector.sg/themes/singapore-art-week/

Singapore Art Week at The Projector

The Projector presents a fresh selection of art documentaries to celebrate SAW 2021 online and offline. From the serendipitous connections between Van Gogh and Asia, to the poignant street art of Jean-Michel Basquiat, these features explore several mediums and styles, also touching on the work of icons like Marcel Duchamp, David Hockney and Lucian Freud.

Yu Haibo & Yu Tianqi Kiki, China's Van Goghs, 2016. Image courtesy of The Projector.

EXHIBITION ON SCREEN: LUCIAN FREUD: A SELF PORTRAIT – Rated NC16

15 January 2021, 8pm
24 January 2021, 5.10pm
30 January 2021, 2.30pm

For the first time in history the Royal Academy of Arts in London, in collaboration with the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, is bringing together Lucian Freud’s self-portraits. One of the most celebrated painters of our time, Lucian Freud is also one of very few 20th-century artists who portrayed themselves with such consistency.

Spanning nearly seven decades his self-portraits give a fascinating insight into both his psyche and his development as a painter, from his earliest portrait painted in 1939 to the final one executed 64 years later. When seen together, his portraits represent an engrossing study into the dynamic of ageing and the process of self-representation. This intensely compelling exhibition creates a unique opportunity for EXHIBITION ON SCREEN to reveal the life’s work of a master in one show.

MARCEL DUCHAMP: ART OF THE POSSIBLE – Rated M18

17 January 2021, 5.10pm
23 January 2021, 5.30pm
29 January 2021, 8.40pm

"I have forced myself to contradict myself in order to avoid conforming to my own taste."

What is art? This was the question posed by the father of conceptualism, Marcel Duchamp, when he put a urinal in an art show in 1917. Marcel Duchamp: The Art of the Possible unpacks the paradigm shift of art in the 20th century by Duchamp’s radical and enigmatic works that challenged the status quo and unlocked unlimited potential for the generations that followed him. Thanks to Duchamp, art would never again be the same.

The film highlights the singular impact of Duchamp’s philosophy and art, and, more importantly, examines how Duchamp’s revolutionary ideas from the early 20th century are still shaping art and culture in the 21st century.

Marcel Duchamp: The Art of the Possible is directed by Matthew Taylor, an artist and award-winning filmmaker, and features interviews with some of the most prominent Duchamp experts and artists, including Marina Abramović, Joseph Kosuth, Ed Ruscha, Michel Gondry and Jeff Koons.

CHINA’S VAN GOGHS – Rated PG

16 January 2021, 5.30pm
22 January 2021, 8.40pm
31 January 2021, 2.30pm

Vincent van Gogh sold only one painting in his lifetime, but Zhao Xiaoyong has sold over 90,000 copies of van Gogh’s paintings in the past 20 years.

Living in China, the world’s fastest developing country, Zhao has been through great transitions. First from a peasant to a rural migrant worker. Then he learnt how to copy iconic Western paintings. Now Zhao is in the midst of a new transition – from copy maker to original artist. China’s van Gogh not only presents how this painter pursues his dream, but also tells the human story of challenge and struggle during his journey.The incredible story of Xiaoyong Zhao is also that of a contemporary world in which, from one end to the other, from southern China to Amsterdam, everybody is connected.

EXHIBITION ON SCREEN: VAN GOGH & JAPAN – Rated PG

From 15 January 2021, Online via The Projector Plus

“I envy the Japanese” Van Gogh wrote to his brother Theo. In the exhibition on which this film is based – VAN GOGH & JAPAN at the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam – one can see why. Though Vincent van Gogh never visited Japan it is the country that had the most profound influence on him and his art.

One cannot understand Van Gogh without understanding how Japanese art arrived in Paris in the middle of the 19th century and the profound impact it had on artists like Monet, Degas and, above all, Van Gogh. Visiting the new galleries of Japanese art in Paris and then creating his own image of Japan – through in-depth research, print collecting and detailed discussions with other artists – Van Gogh’s encounter with Japanese artworks gave his work a new and exciting direction.

After leaving Paris for the south of France – to what he thought of as near to a kind of Japan as he could find – the productive and yet troubled years that followed must all be seen in the context of Van Gogh bending Japanese influences to his will and defining himself as a modern artist with clear Asian precursors.

In this little known story of Van Gogh’s art we see just how important his study of Japan was. The film travels not only to France and the Netherlands but also to Japan to further explore the remarkable heritage that so affected Van Gogh and made him the artist we know of today.

BOOM FOR REAL: THE LATE TEENAGE YEARS OF JEAN-MICHEL BASQUIAT – Rated NC16

15 January – 15 April 2021, Online via The Projector Plus

“A treasure. a transporting doc about the early career of Basquiat and the environment where he flourished. conveys his personal magnetism, eccentricity and non-stop creativity without romanticizing him.” Hollywood Reporter

BOOM FOR REAL: THE LATE TEENAGE YEARS OF JEAN-MICHEL BASQUIAT follows Basquiat's life pre-fame and how New York City, the times, the people and the movements surrounding him formed the artist he became. Using never-before-seen works, writings and photographs, director Sara Driver, who was part of the New York arts scene herself, worked closely and collaboratively with friends and other artists who emerged from that period: Jim Jarmusch, James Nares, Fab Five Freddy, Glenn O’Brien, Kenny Scharf, Lee Quinones, Patricia Field, Luc Sante and many others. Drawing upon their memories and anecdotes, the film also uses period film footage, music and images  to visually re-recreate the era, drawing a portrait of Jean-Michel and Downtown New York City -pre AIDS, President Reagan, the real estate and art booms – before anyone was motivated by money and ambition.

EXHIBITION ON SCREEN: DAVID HOCKNEY AT THE ROYAL ACADEMY OF ART – Rated PG

From 15 January 2021, Online via The Projector Plus

Widely considered Britain’s most popular artist, David Hockney is a global sensation with exhibitions in London, New York, Paris and beyond, attracting millions of visitors worldwide. Now entering his 9th decade, Hockney shows absolutely no evidence of slowing down or losing his trademark boldness.

Featuring intimate and in-depth interviews with Hockney, this revealing film focuses on two blockbuster exhibitions held in 2012 and 2016 at the Royal Academy of Art in London. Director Phil Grabsky secured privileged access to craft this cinematic celebration of a 21st century master of creativity.

Exhibition
DECK, 120A Prinsep Street
21 January – 18 February 2021
An exploration of the entanglements between reality, representation, and discourse, facilitated by the moving image, ON/OFF/SCREEN situates the screen, the ubiquitous and contemporary mode of communication and transmission, as both a site of inquiry and departure.
Online
20 – 31 January 2021
This programme presents a selection of films that echo some of the discussions negotiated by Trinh in her filmic works as well as in her writings.
Exhibition
Online
21 January – 28 February 2021
If Forests Talk seeks to paint the tropical rainforests in a different light through a series of new artworks reflecting upon the artists’ existing artworks, wherein the rainforest featured prominently. Taking the form of videos and audio pieces, the rainforest re-emerges as the site for tradition, knowledge, temporary communities and and choreography.
Exhibition
Online
18 December 2020 – 5 March 2021
Aliwal Tracks is a video web series programme that invites viewers to explore the nuanced sounds around Kampong Gelam.