“Artist and Empire: (En)countering Colonial Legacies” | Singapore


Between 6 October 2016 and 26 March 2017, National Gallery Singapore, an ASEMUS member, presents an exhibition entitled “Artist and Empire: (En)countering Colonial Legacies”. An extensive set of talks, guided visits, workshops and other activities has been planned alongside the exhibition.

Organised in association with Tate Britain, the National Gallery’s second international exhibition explores the different ways in which the British Empire has been represented and contested through art. It critically examines art produced for the British Empire from a contemporary perspective, and features viewpoints from Southeast Asia. The exhibition also takes a close look at the relationship between colonial experience and the rise of modern art in former colonies such as Singapore, with a special focus on Sir Stamford Raffles.
Ranging from the 16th century to the present day, “Artist and Empire: (En)countering Colonial Legacies” draws upon close to 200 works from international and regional collections as well as Singapore institutions.

Among the activities planned in the context of the exhibition, the following in particular should be noted:

For additional information about the exhibition, please visit https://www.nationalgallery.sg/see-do/programme-detail/291/artist-and-empire-encountering-colonial-legacies


Pictured above: poster of the exhibition; and Andrew Gilbert. British Infantry Advance on Jerusalem, 4th of July, 1879. 2015. Collection of the artist. (c) Tate, London 2016.


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