21–23 Mar 2019
Minimalism was one of the most influential movements of the 20th century, questioning the role of art amidst the radical social changes in the 1960s. In conjunction with the two-part special exhibition Minimalism: Space. Light. Object., held across National Gallery Singapore and ArtScience Museum, this symposium will delve into the Asian influences and enduring legacies of this movement.
SPACE. LIGHT. OBJECT.
Closing soon on 14 Apr!
See more through less at the first Minimalism exhibition in Southeast Asia, set across two sites: National Gallery Singapore and ArtScience Museum.
Led by National Gallery Singapore, the exhibition features over 150 works that explore the history and legacy of this groundbreaking art movement, which continues to inform a wide range of art forms and practitioners across the world today.
Minimalism was a turning point in the history of art. Through the use of simple, geometric forms and non-traditional materials, Minimalism shifted the way that we experience art: it made the physical encounter with the art work, and the space it occupies, increasingly important. This movement, which began in the 1960s, has had a profound influence not only on the visual arts, but also on music, performance, fashion, architecture and design.
The exhibition at National Gallery Singapore looks at the emergence, development, and legacies of Minimalism from the 1950s to the present day. It considers how artists in Asia, the United States and Europe have explored ideas of presence and absence, often informed by Asian philosophies such as Zen Buddhism. The exhibition features more than 100 artworks, immersive site-specific installations, and programmes by over 60 artists.
ArtScience Museum’s exhibition will present a thematic exhibition exploring form, colour and spirituality, presenting artworks which meditate on notions of emptiness, nothingness and the cosmological void – principles that are foundational to Minimalism and resonate with eastern philosophies and science.
“A five-month showcase of one of the most influential
art movements of the 20th century.”
The Straits Times
“It is always the simple that produces the marvelous.”
"The roster of artists participating in this exhibition reads like
a who's who list of the most significant artists of the past 70 years."
"Rather than referencing the world outside,
its simple forms invite us to contemplate what’s physically before us in the present moment."
"Encourages the experience of art as a direct and
unmediated encounter between the viewer and the artwork."
"Delivers two strikingly different experiences through 150-plus works
by blue-chip names like Ai Weiwei, Yayoi Kusama, Anish Kapoor and Donald Judd."
Over 150 artworks on display across both exhibition venues, featuring artists like Mark Rothko, Carmen Herrera, Tatsuo Miyajima, Donald Judd, Anish Kapoor, Mary Miss, Olafur Eliasson, Frederik De Wilde, Charwei Tsai, Kim Lim, Tang Da Wu, Jeremy Sharma and Lee Ufan.