Rendez-vous is an international platform organized by the Biennial of Lyon; the Museum of Contemporary Art Lyon; the Institute of Contemporary Art, Villeurbanne/Rhône-Alpes; and the National School of Fine Arts in Lyon. Now in its 13th edition, the platform invites curators from these institutions and 10 international biennales to nominate emerging artists at the forefront of their contemporary art scenes.
This exhibition—curated in collaboration with the Institute of Contemporary Arts Singapore—brings together existing and new works by 20 nominated artists from the 13th edition alongside works by 5 artists based in Singapore. This assembly of exemplary international artworks reflects the character of art exhibitions in the 21st century, which aim to contextualize artistic practices within a global framework by comparing artistic peers and the places in which they live and work. Facilitating the travel of artists and artworks to different locations, Rendez-vous also reflects a new turn in contemporary practice, in which cross-cultural relationships and experiences have become critical drivers for artistic creation.
Among the works in the exhibition are large-scale sculptures by Nicolas Momein (France) and Nikita Kadan (Ukraine), a special intervention in the gallery's architecture by Chun Kaifeng (Singapore), and Prepared Piano for Movers (Haussmann) (2012), a video by Angelica Mesiti (Australia) that explores creativity in everyday working life. On 31 July, the ICA Singapore will also present a film trilogy dedicated to the work of award-winning artist and filmmaker Sherman Ong (Singapore).
For his first major solo exhibition, London-based artist Jack Tan (b. 1971, Singapore) repurposes the gallery into a platform for social, legal and artistic activity. Building on Tan's ongoing research into rules, these activities aim to test and reveal how aesthetics and social contexts influence the interpretation and operation of customs, rituals and learned behaviours. Among the projects developed for the exhibition are Art School Surgery, a one-to-one life coaching session that explores the value of an art school approach to life and work, and Karaoke Court, a community method of legal arbitration via karaoke singing. As the projects evolve so will the gallery, the latter becoming a repository for expressions, documents and products associated with each project. At times throughout the exhibition Tan will be present in the gallery to guide visitors through his projects’ various processes.