Modern Master Cheong Soo Pieng kicks off Singapore Art Week 2019 at STPI. For the very first time, the artist’s ingenious strategy to composition and materiality is examined, highlighting his inventive breadth and depth in an unprecedented method by fifty-two exemplary work, sculptures and works on paper which characteristic Chinese ink oil, and metallic, amongst different supplies.
A pioneer of East-West modernism because the 1950s
Cheong Soo Pieng (1917 – 1983), born in Xiamen, China has been lauded as one in all Southeast Asia’s most essential artists rising from the post-war Chinese diaspora. He is an revolutionary artist and have become one of many first artists to color within the ‘Nanyang (South Seas) Style’.
Frequent journey round Southeast Asia refined his distinctive depiction of the feminine determine, whereas his visits to Europe uncovered him to modernist abstraction resulting in his sculptural explorations.
Cheong’s distinctive contribution to the artwork and cultural scene in Singapore earned him the Meritorious Service Medal in 1962. Cheong’s physique of labor continues to be studied, exhibited and broadly collected in the present day, and is a part of public collections together with the: National Heritage Board, Singapore; National University of Singapore; University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
When the artist handed in 1983, he was simply 4 months shy of his retrospective on the former National Museum Art Gallery. Where his works have been proven extensively over the course of his profession, in each solo and group settings, throughout Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, London, Berlin, Hamburg, Glasgow and Dublin.
This exhibition showcases works gleaned from essential personal collections. Providing a definitive collection of a few of Soo Pieng’s most seminal creations.
In evaluate are each widespread favourites and newly-revealed masterpieces that permit contemporary issues of among the artist’s most essential achievements;
the topic of the character of the folks of Southeast Asia
the re-creation of the Chinese-styled panorama, and;
Soo Pieng’s improvement of recent abstraction.
With consideration to the artist’s revolutionary composing processes.
A father of East-West modernism in Singapore, Soo Pieng was an innovator who persistently experimented with a variety of media and expressions, producing a big and various physique of constantly wonderful artworks. As the artworks have been dispersed by the quantity of exhibitions over time and continents, it has taken years to amass items that each fulfil the narrative about Soo Pieng’s achievements, in addition to exhibit a few of his most interesting compositions.
STPI is a dynamic inventive workshop and modern artwork gallery primarily based in Singapore. Since institution in 2002, their workshops are a rigorous house for pushing the boundaries of varied print and paper-making methods. While the gallery is an lively platform which fosters the trade of concepts in modern artwork, with its various exhibitions and public programme.
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Soo Pieng: Master of Composition runs from 19 Jan – 9 Mar 2019