Minimalism: Space. Light. Object at ArtScience Museum delves deeper into Asian philosophy, focusing on the impact these ideas may have had on Minimalism in the West.
The exhibition investigates minimalism as seen in Zen, Chinese Maximalism and contemporary abstraction with works including Tan Ping, Song Dong, CharWai Tsai and Morgan Wong.
Notions of the void, emptiness and nothingness, foundational to Minimalism, resonate with science as well as Eastern philosophies. The all-encompassing blackness of our universe is elegantly explored in a new work by contemporary artist-scientist, Frederik de Wilde, while the intangible experience of colour and space is articulated in a commissioned sound work by Singaporean artist Jeremy Sharma.
Minimalism has had a profound influence on many other art forms but particularly music. ArtScience Museum’s dedicated Sound Room explores the impact and legacies of minimalist sound and experimental composition, through the presentation of over 35 works presented in an immersive sound environment.
Richard Long’s sculptures are not intended to be seen as representations of nature but rather as documents of the artist’s engagement with the land and the beauty and grandeur of the earth. His intention is to “make simple, personal things”, reflected here in the form of 258 stones arranged in almost four concentric circles, echoing ArtScience Museum’s architecture and reflects on the motif of the circle, be it ink circle or woodblock print, seen in other areas of this exhibition.
This work by Tan Ping epitomises Minimalist aesthetics and also carries with it an incredible power and as such, is strongly linked to Chinese Maximalism. This 40-meter long print is taken from a single line that was carved into a block of wood in one continuous gesture by the artist over a period of six hours. While one end of the line can be seen, the other cannot, suggesting both endlessness and formlessness.
In 1979, Hatoum produced Self-Erasing Drawing–a small sculpture with a rotating arm that created and then erased, grooves in a bed of sand. The version on display at ArtScience Museum holds over 750 kilograms of sand and, at a rate of five rotations per minute, it is a visual echo of the meditative practices linked with the raking of sand in Japanese Zen gardens. The sculpture's hypnotic sound and repeated, sweeping movements evoke both existence and non-existence, absence and presence.
Over 30 significant works by iconic Minimalist artists including Donald Judd, Richard Long and Carmen Hererra, as well as key contemporary figures such as Anish Kapoor, Olafur Eliasson, Mona Hatoum, Frederik De Wilde and Asian artists such as Tan Ping, Charwei Tsai and Jeremy Sharma.
Discover other on-going exhibitions at ArtScience Museum when you purchase either a Double Exhibition or All-Access ticket that also completes your Minimalism experience at National Gallery Singapore.
ArtScience Museum is in Marina Bay Sands, along the Marina Bay waterfront and easily accessible via public transport and car. Once at Marina Bay Sands, the Museum is located along the north Promenade, within walking distance from The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands and the Helix Bridge. The Museum's main lobby is on the ground level.
6 Bayfront Avenue
Bayfront Station (Circle Line) - 10-minute walk
Promenade Station (Circle Line) - 15-minute walk
Marina Bay Station (North South Line) - 15-minute walk
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