• FRI–SAT | 22–23 MAR 2019
• FREE (Registration required for some events)

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.

Minimalism Symposium unfolds across both museums, starting with a series of talks presented at both venues from 22–23 March, and closes with a Music Focus on Minimalism in German Electronic Music at National Gallery Singapore on Sat 23 March.

This symposium is made possible with the support of U.S. Embassy Singapore.

 
Photo credit: David Heald
KEYNOTE LECTURE
ALEXANDRA MUNROE| ECSTATIC MINIMALISM: ASIAN INFLUENCE ON AMERICAN ART OF THE 1960s

• FRI 22 MAR 2019 | 6.30–8pm
• The Ngee Ann Kongsi Auditorium | City Hall Wing, Level B1
• National Gallery Singapore
• FREE (Registration required)

Asian art and philosophies have been one of the greatest inspirations for new forms of artistic expression in modern and contemporary art in America. They are also the least appreciated. In the Guggenheim’s award-winning show The Third Mind: American Artists Contemplate Asia, 1860–1989, curator Alexandra Munroe explored how the art, literature, and philosophical systems of “the East” were reconstructed and transformed by American cultural and intellectual currents, influencing new visual and conceptual languages. Dr Munroe delves further in this keynote lecture, tracing New York and West Coast artistic developments of the 1960s and their relationship to Asian texts and practices from North Indian classical raga to Taoist metaphysics.

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CURATORIAL ROUNDTABLE
MINIMALISM: SPACE. LIGHT. OBJECT.

• SAT 23 MAR 2019 | 10–11.30am
• The Ngee Ann Kongsi Auditorium | City Hall Wing, Level B1
• National Gallery Singapore
• FREE (Registration required)

Gain insight into the conception and realisation of the two-venue exhibition Minimalism: Space. Light. Object. with curators of National Gallery Singapore and ArtScience Museum. Hear about the behind-the-scenes process, and discover key artists, techniques and legacies of Minimalism.

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KEYNOTE LECTURE
LYNN ZELEVANSKY | GLOBAL MINIMALISM

• SAT 23 MAR 2019 | 12–1.30pm
• The Ngee Ann Kongsi Auditorium | City Hall Wing, Level B1
• National Gallery Singapore
• FREE (Registration required)

Join art historian and curator Lynn Zelevansky as she traces the meaning of Minimalism from its original association with a small group of mostly male artists who emerged in 1960s New York, to a descriptor for diverse artistic manifestations across the globe. This was accompanied by a shift from a Minimalism in which all meaning resided in the art object to a multivalent definition that embraces metaphor and turns the object into a vehicle for social action. Zelevansky will consider questions such as: Why were the formal aspects of Minimalism—reduced geometric form, repetition and modularity, systems for art making—so attractive to younger generations? And was Minimalism ever as philosophically monolithic or as exclusively American as it seemed at its inception?

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CONVERSATIONS
Minimalism Symposium at ArtScience Museum

• SAT 23 MAR 2019 | 2–5.30pm
• Expression Gallery | Level 4
• ARTSCIENCE MUSEUM
• FREE (First-come, first-served)

Join us at this symposium which discusses Minimalism as a cross-arts phenomenon by addressing the rich terrain of intersections, and encourages new thoughts about the role and influence of Minimalism on performative practices.

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MUSIC FOCUS
Minimalism in German Electronic Music (1990s–Present)

• SAT 23 MAR 2019 | 4–7pm
• Singapore Courtyard | City Hall Wing, Level 2
• National Gallery Singapore
• FREE (Registration required)

In the 1970s, a new generation of musicians, including the pioneering band Kraftwerk, created electronic music that drew on minimalist repetition and industrial sounds, which came to be known as “Krautrock”. Their compositions were an enormous influence on early techno, and in the late 1990s, a second generation of techno musicians emerged who pushed the minimalist style even further. Join music writer and cultural researcher Alexis Waltz as he traces the evolution of the electronic music scene in Germany over the past three decades. Waltz will be joined by DJ and music producer Lowtec, and Resom, the resident DJ of influential Berlin club ://about, who will each play a short set.

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