Artists imagine a nation: SG50 | Pictures of people and places from the collections of Koh Seow Chuan and friendsBack to previous page
Artists: Abdullah Ariff, Boo Sze Yang, Chen Cheng Mei (aka Tan Seah Boey), Chen Shou Soo, Chen Wen Hsi, Cheong Soo Pieng, Chia Yu Chian, Chng Seok Tin, Choo Keng Kwang, Chuah Thean Teng, Chua Mia Tee, Foo Chee San, Ho Khay Beng, Khaw Sia, Koeh Sia Yong, Kuo Ju Ping, Lee Boon Wang, Lee Cheng Yong, Lim Mu Hue, Lim Tze Peng, Mohammad Din Mohammad, Ng Eng Teng, Ong Kim Seng, Tumadi Patri, Phua Cheng Phue, Anthony Poon, Seah Kim Joo, Tang Da Wu, Tay Bak Koi, Tay Boon Pin, Teo Eng Seng, Tong Chin Sye, Wee Beng Chong, Wong Shih Yaw, Yeh Chi Wei, Yong Mun Sen
Artists imagine a nation brings together figurative works by 36 artists from the 1930s to the present. Displayed in a special architecture designed for the ICA Singapore’s largest lower-level galleries, the exhibition presents diverse views of local people and places. Highlights include a series of unusual figure paintings in gouache on paper (c. 1950) by Lee Cheng Yong, and street scenes in oil on small boards (c. 1950s) by Kuo Ju Ping. Contemporary works include major paintings in oil and drawings in ink by Tang Da Wu, and landscapes in ink and watercolour by Lim Tze Peng and Foo Chee San. Seah Kim Joo’s majestic five-panel Untitled [Malayan life] (1968) in batik and mixed media is accompanied by panoramic works by Chia Yu Chian, Choo Kweng Kwang and Khaw Sia.
Of the more than 80 works on display, a number have never been exhibited.
The exhibition is accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue, to be published in April, and public programmes.
This project is supported by the Cultural Matching Fund.
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Image: Cheong Soo Pieng, Untitled [Tin mining] (detail), c. 1956, oil on canvas, 119 x 82.5 cm. Private collection, Singapore.