13 November 2018 Museum Exhibition

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This Friday, the National Gallery of Singapore, in collaboration with the ArtScience Museum Singapore, opens ‘Minimalism: Space. Light. Object.’, the first exhibition dedicated to Minimalism to be shown in Southeast Asia. Located across the two institutions, the exhibition tracks the emergence, development and legacy of Minimalism – from influential 2000-year-old Zen Buddhist texts to inspirations for contemporary architecture – through over 150 artworks by 60 contributors. Among these feature eight Lisson Gallery artists: Anish Kapoor, Lee Ufan, Carmen Herrera, Gerard Byrne, Santiago Sierra, Richard Long, Tatsuo Miyajima and Ai Weiwei.

Buddhist philosophies on repetition in life and death influence Tatsuo Miyajima’s Mega Death (1999/2016), an installation of LED counters and light sensors that occupies one entire room of the National Gallery of Singapore. Gerard Byrne’s 2010 film A thing is a hole in a thing it is not also questions our perceptions of the passage of time, and directly addresses the discourse of Minimalism in history through a series of dramatised vignettes. This work is on view at the ArtScience Museum alongside Anish Kapoor’s small-scale sculptures in primary coloured pigment, and canvases by Carmen Herrera.


Image: Tatsuo Miyajima, Mega Death, 1999/2016. © Domus Collection and Tatsuo Miyajima; courtesy Tatsuo Miyajima and Museum of Contemporary Art Australia; photo by Alex Davies.
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