Art often intersects with history, politics and culture to create thoughtprovoking works that capture the imagination. If you’re looking to free your mind this month, visit these two art exhibitions where you can engross yourself in a variety of visual commentary.
The Body Politic and the Body
This cross-border collaboration between Singapore Art Museum (SAM) and Ilham Gallery digs into Malaysia’s past to explore contemporary art and its lineage in Malaysia. The 12 pieces in this exhibition, out of which seven come from SAM’s permanent collection with the rest being new commissions and loans from Malaysian artists, feature the subjective human form and the collective, socio-political body of society.
The exhibition seeks to present different perspectives on the dialogue that takes place between these two sides with such pieces as Recollections of Long Lost Memories by Ahmad Fuad Osman, Bayu Utomo Radjikin’s Lang Kacang, and The Voyage by Mohammad Din Mohammad – lifted from SAM’s collection.
While SAM is currently closed for renovation until 2021, this partnership with Ilham is the perfect opportunity to get stuck into its impressive back catalogue.
The Body Politic And The Body
WHERE Ilham Gallery, Ilham Tower, Kuala Lumpur
WHEN 11am-7pm (Until 12 April)
TEL 03 2181 3003
Another exhibition dealing with the historical is that of Amsterdam-based Turkish artist Ahmet Ögüt, who makes his Malaysian debut at Wei-Ling Contemporary. In this solo effort, Ögüt uses the perspective of the ‘subaltern’ to view history, highlighting often-overlooked or forgotten realities and altering the common Eurocentric way of looking at history.
Running until mid-April, the exhibition comprises four works of different mediums – tapestry, mail art, drawings and video – and each one attempts to tell untold stories that are just as much the building blocks of society as the known accounts. It’s by analysing them that we find our own relationships with them much closer than we may have first thought.
WHERE Wei-Ling Contemporary, The Gardens Mall, Kuala Lumpur
WHEN 11am-7pm (Until 24 April)
TEL 03 2260 1106