〈Contact Points of Contemporary Art in Asia〉 Forum
In relation to the exhibition Awakenings: Art in Society in Asia 1960's – 1990's
National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Gwacheon, Art Research Center (B1)
Everyone who has interest
National Museum and Modern and Contemporary Art, Korea holds the forum 〈Contact Points of Contemporary Art in Asia〉 in relation to the exhibition 《Awakenings: Art in Society in Asia 1960's – 1990's》. The forum will discuss about Asian Art produced in response to Asia's unique historical situation and changes since the mid-20 century, including Cold War, independence, the Vietnam War, dictatorships, democratization, and globalization which has researched jointly for four years with co-organizers from The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo; National Gallery Singapore.
□ Title | 〈Contact Points of Contemporary Art in Asia〉 Forum
□ Date | January 31, 2019 (Thurs.) 14:00-17:30
□ Venue | MMCA, Gwacheon: Art Research Center (B1)
Bae Myungji (Curator, National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Korea)
Suzuki Katsuo (Curator, The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo)
Seng Yu Jin (Senior Curator, National Gallery Singapore)
Adele Tan (Senior Curator, National Gallery Singapore)
Masuda Tomohiro (Assistant Curator, The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo)
Cheng Jia Yun (Assistant Curator, National Gallery Singapore)
F.X. Harsono (Artist)
Tang Da Wu (Artist)
▣ Participants and Registration
□ Participants | Everyone who has interest
□ Period | On-site Reservation on 31 January 2019
□ Register | Museum on-site registration
(From 1:30 PM at the Art Research Center (B1)
□ Admission Fee | Free
• Parking: Assistance with parking fees will not be offered.
• There will be shooting and filming, the videos and photographs taken may be used for websites, blogs, social media and press releases for non-commercial purposes.
▣ Program Schedule
Introduction to Awakenings and Forum
Rehabilitation of the Narrative in Asian Art
Seng Yu Jin
The Age of Art Manifestos in Southeast Asia: The Inter-discursive Struggle Between the 'Real' and the 'Concrete'
Making sense of 1989 and its aftermath
Experimenting with Multi-Layered contradiction: The case of José Maceda
Discussion and Q&A
Moderator: Bae Myungji
Cheng Jia Yun
Montien Boonma and his Story from the Farm
New Arts Movement in Indonesia
Tang Da Wu
The Art of Tang Da Wu
Discussion and Q&A
Moderator: Seng Yu Jin
Bae Myungji is Curator at the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Korea (MMCA). She obtained her MA in art history at Hongik University, and is presently a PhD candidate there. Her main subjects of research are Asian performance and media art, and she has curated exhibitions at MMCA such as Reenacting History—Collective Actions and Everyday Gestures (2017–2018), As the Moon Waxes and Wanes—MMCA Gwacheon, 30 Years 1986–2016 (2016, co-curated), and Songs From Knee To Chin—A Project By Sora Kim (2016).
Suzuki Katsuo is Curator at The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo (MOMAT). He received his MA in art history from the University of Tokyo and has worked at MOMAT since 1998, specialising in modern and contemporary art of Japan and the West. His curatorial projects for MOAMAT include Brazil: Body Nostalgia (2004), Okinawa Prismed: 1872–2008 (2008), Experimental Ground 1950s (2012), Unconsciousness of the City (2013) and Art and Printed Matter from the 1960s to the 1970s (2014).
Seng Yu Jin
Seng Yu Jin is Senior Curator at National Gallery Singapore. His curated and co-curated exhibitions include From Words to Pictures: Art During the Emergency (2006), The Artists Village: 20 Years On (2008), FX Harsono: Testimonies (2009), Cheong Soo Pieng: Bridging Worlds (2009) and the 2013 Singapore Biennale. A PhD candidate at the University of Melbourne, Asia Institute, he currently researches the art activities of Southeast Asia, focusing on the region’s exhibition histories and artist collectives.
Adele Tan is Senior Curator at National Gallery Singapore. She received her PhD in art history from The Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London, and focuses her research on contemporary art in Southeast Asia and China with a special interest in performative practices, photography and new media. Exhibitions she has worked on at the Gallery include Between Declarations and Dreams: Art of Southeast Asia since the 19th Century (2015), A Fact Has No Appearance: Art Beyond the Object (2016) and Yayoi Kusama: Life is the Heart of a Rainbow (2017). She was also part of the curatorial team for the inaugural Bangkok Art Biennale in November 2018.
Masuda Tomohiro is Assistant Curator at The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo (MOMAT). He received his MA in art history from Waseda University, and specializes in modern and contemporary art of Japan and the West. He was part of MOMAT’s curatorial team for exhibitions such as Francis Bacon (2013), Your Portrait: A Tetsumi Kudo Retrospective (2013–2014), Takamatsu Jiro: Mysteries (2014) and No Museum, No Life?—Art-Museum Encyclopedia to Come (2015).
Cheng Jia Yun
Cheng Jia Yun is Assistant Curator at National Gallery Singapore, where her current research projects are focused on institutional histories, site and art in Singapore and Southeast Asia. As part of the core curatorial team of Between Declarations and Dreams: Art of Southeast Asia since the 19th Century (2015), she worked on the sections addressing the 1970s to the present day. Cheng has also contributed research on the Thai artists exhibited in Reframing Modernism: Painting from Southeast Asia, Europe and Beyond (2016).
F.X. Harsono (b. 1948) is a seminal figure in the Indonesian contemporary art scene. F.X. Harsono studied painting at STSRI "ASRI", Yogyakarta (Indonesia) from 1969-74 and at IKJ (Jakarta Art Institute) from 1987-91. Since 2005 he is lecturer at the Faculty of Art and Design, Pelita Harapan University, Tangerang (West Java). Harsono is also an active art critic, regularly writing about social questions and the development of contemporary art. Recent solo exhibitions include What we have here perceived as truth/we shall someday encounter as beauty at the Jogja National Museum, Jogja, Indonesia (2013), Writing In The Rain at Tyler Rollins, New York, USA (2012), Testimonies at the Singapore Art Museum, Singapore (2010), and The Erased Time at the National Gallery of Indonesia, Jakarta (2009). He got awarded the 2014 Prince Clause Award, from Prince Clause Fund, Netherlands and the Anugrah Adhikarya Rupa 2014 Award, from Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy, Indonesia. 2015 Joseph Balestier Award for the Freedom of Art, from Embassy of the United States of America and Art Stage Singapore.
Tang Da Wu
Tang Da Wu (b.1943-) is an iconic figure in Asian art. He graduated from the School of Fine Arts in Birmingham University in 1974 with First Class Honors. He went on to acquire his MFA in 1985 at Goldsmiths College. When he returned to Singapore in the late 1980s, Tang created a stir by showing new experimental methods of contemporary art, such as installation and performance art. Both forms sparked much debate about the nature of art and the role of the artist. In 1988, he co-founded The Artists Village. Tang is also known for investigating and responding to social and environmental issues through provocative artworks. Tang has exhibited widely, having participated in Documenta 13 (2012), the 52nd Venice Biennale (2007), the 3rd Gwangju Biennale (2001) and the 1st Fukuoka Asian Art Triennial (1999).