A group exhibition featuring rarely seen works by Yinka Shonibare and Bharti Kher is presented as part of Singapore Art Week 2020. The annual IMPART Collectors’ Show, now in its third year, is an opportunity for art collectors to share some of their best-loved artworks with a wider audience, and for visitors to enjoy rarely seen work by internationally renowned artists.
Taking place at the SOTA Art Gallery at the School of The Arts Singapore from 10 to 19 January, the exhibition is free to attend and is presented by Art Outreach Singapore Limited, whose aim is to bring art to new audiences and to make the visual arts more accessible to the wider public, particularly the younger generation.
As well as seeking to inspire the public and encourage creative thinking by sharing inspiring projects and practices, the exhibition intends to foster crossover between artists, collectors and the public, encouraging newcomers to the art world to begin collecting and bringing artists into contact with new audiences. The event is supported by the IMPART Awards, which supports and promotes emerging artistic talent.
This year the theme of the IMPART Collectors’ Show is Material Agency; it celebrates the use of tangible materials to make bold transgressions into new territories; new forms of experience and new connections between existing concepts emerge from new ways of working with materials. The spaces and structures created in the exhibition begin to shape emergent new ways of seeing, being and making. The artists featured in this year's exhibition include Kher, Shonibare, Odelia Tang, Kehinde Wiley, Manjit Bawa, Adeela Suleman, Eko Nugroho, Christine Ay Tjoe and Ruud van Empel.
“The basis of art making is now more than ink, paint, carved stone or casted metal and some of the most interesting contemporary work sees the artist testing the limits of material possibilities. This bold experimentation is carried out not just with new modern industrial materials but also involves relooking at the new experiential possibilities of older materials. In this brave new world, one thing certainly does not look like another, as artworks test our perception of reality and experience."
– Tan Boon Hui, Vice President, Global Arts & Cultural Programs and Director, Asia Society Museum (IMPART Collectors’ Show Curatorial Advisor)
The IMPART Collectors’ Show is at SOTA Gallery, 1 Zubir Said Drive, Singapore until 19 January.
Top image: I’ve Seen an Elephant Fly, 2002, Bharti Kher