Awakenings: Art in Society in Asia 1960s–1990s

Awakenings: Art in Society in Asia 1960s–1990s

Tang Da Wu. They Poach the Rhino, Chop Off His Horn and Make This Drink. 1989. Linen rhino, plastic bottles and axe, dimensions variable. Documentation of performance at National Museum Art Gallery, Singapore, 1989. Performance © Tang Da Wu. Photo © Koh Nguang How; image courtesy of Koh Nguang How.

This exhibition investigates how experimental artists acted as catalysts for change during some of Asia’s most turbulent decades. It spotlights artistic responses to major global events such as the Cold War, and explores how artists challenged political, social and artistic conventions.
Co-organised by National Gallery Singapore, the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Korea and the National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, and the Japan Foundation Asia Center, Awakenings draws connections across Asia through over 150 artworks by important artists from China, India, Japan, Taiwan, Korea, Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, the Philippines, Myanmar, Thailand and Cambodia.

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