Prudential Eye Zone launches at ArtScience Museum
Exhibition features contemporary artwork from Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia and Singapore and marks Korean artist T.O.P’s curatorial debut
Singapore (2 April 2015) – Prudential Eye Zone opens tomorrow at ArtScience Museum as
a curated selection of works by 17 contemporary artists from the thriving art scenes of Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia and Singapore. The exhibition, co-curated by Korean pop sensation T.O.P. in his curatorial debut, follows the successful run of the Prudential Eye Awards Finalists Exhibition, which was held from 17 January to 29 March.
Prudential Eye Zone will run alongside Prudential Singapore Eye, one of the largest surveys of Singapore’s contemporary art scene to date, with over 40 works on display. Both exhibitions will run till 28 June.
In addition to T.O.P., Prudential Eye Zone is co-curated by Serenella Ciclitira (Founder, Prudential Eye Programme), Honor Harger (Executive Director, ArtScience Museum at Marina Bay Sands) and independent Korean curator YoungJoo Lee.
Featuring 19 art pieces that range across video and digital art, installation, sculpture, painting and photography, the Prudential Eye Zone exhibition explores the works of artists who work across Asia, with many of them on the cusp of gaining a significant international profile through the Prudential Eye Programme.
A poetic sensibility runs through many of these exhibits, evidenced in the constantly shifting imagery of ‘Flowers and People–Dark’ by Japanese Collective teamLab, the almost abstract paintings of Indonesian painter Christine Ay Tjoe and the intricate all-over surfaces of the Japanese painter Keisuke Jinba.
In other works, notably by Singaporean artist Donna Ong, Japanese artist Teppei Kaneuji and Indonesian artist Bagus Pandega, everyday objects are connected through visual and conceptual associations to create evocative installations and sculptures. Ambiguity is key to the work of all three artists. Social and political issues are raised in the photographs of Malaysian artist Sherman Ong and more directly addressed in the work of Japanese artists Chim↑Pom, winners of this year’s Prudential Eye Awards.
Commenting on the selection of artwork, Serenella Ciclitira, founder of the Prudential Eye Programme, said: “This forthcoming Prudential Eye Zone exhibition focuses on five Asian countries. Its main aim is to show a new contemporary art mobility in term of ideas, artistic creativity and output. Globalisation and travel have increasingly been blurring the boundaries across these Asian countries thus making it more difficult for the artworks to be categorised in terms of national provenance. It has been very exciting to work with these talented artists and my warm thank you to all of them.”
On his curatorial debut, T.O.P said, “My interest in art began from admiring world-renowned contemporary artists’ masterpieces, their concepts and visions. Traveling around Asia, this interest naturally broadened towards young and influential Asian contemporary artists. While in Asia, I had the privilege to learn about the Prudential Eye Programme and decided to participate in the programme as I deeply felt that it was a great platform to celebrate and introduce young Asian contemporary artists. I hope that everyone who visits the Prudential Eye Zone exhibition goes away inspired by the various artworks on display.” T.O.P was involved in choosing the art pieces from the eight Korean and Japanese artists.
Honor Harger, executive director of ArtScience Museum, added: “Prudential Eye Zone embodies ArtScience Museum's commitment to supporting and nurturing artistic talent within the Southeast Asian region, through a range of exciting programmes, events, exhibitions and other initiatives. Add to this our location in Singapore, which was recently named one of the world’s top 12 cities to watch for contemporary art, and it becomes clear why ArtScience Museum is an ideal location for this exhibition.”
Barry Stowe, chief executive of Prudential Corporation Asia, said: “The Prudential Eye Zone provides visitors with a unique view of contemporary art from across Asia including works from previous Eye exhibitions that Prudential has supported in the region. We are delighted to be providing visitors to the ArtScience Museum additional works to enjoy while visiting the Prudential Singapore Eye exhibition.”
David Ciclitira, founder of Prudential Eye Programme, said: “The Prudential Eye Programme is dedicated to supporting contemporary artists, and our aim is to create a major ecosystem for the development of artist’s careers. We’ve enjoyed a very successful collaboration with ArtScience Museum on Prudential Singapore Eye, and we’re delighted to be partnering the iconic museum once again to showcase Asia’s richly talented array of contemporary artists through Prudential Eye Zone. We’re also privileged to be working with talented K-POP artiste T.O.P, particularly in the selection of artwork from Korea and Japan.”
Visitors can continue to enjoy free entry to the exhibition every first Monday of each month, which started in February and will continue on 6 April, 4 May and 1 June. This is made possible with support from Prudential. In addition, pre-booked school groups including pre- schools, primary, secondary and tertiary institutions, can also visit Prudential Singapore Eye and Prudential Eye Zone (for self-guided tour only) for free. These initiatives are aimed at further engaging school-going children as well as the public and raise their awareness about the outstanding work created by the local art community
For more information on additional programming and ticket prices, please visit www.marinabaysands.com/ArtScienceMuseum
An online catalogue of the Eye Zone exhibition can be downloaded from: http://www.singaporeeye.com/catalogue