Singapore

Chen Chieh-Jen, Dysfunction No. 3, 1983, 8 mm transferred to digital video, color, silent, 7 minutes. From “Awakenings: Art in Society in Asia, 1960s–1990s”.

Chen Chieh-Jen, Dysfunction No. 3, 1983, 8 mm transferred to digital video, color, silent, 7 minutes. From “Awakenings: Art in Society in Asia, 1960s–1990s”.

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

National Gallery Singapore

Chen Chieh-Jen, Dysfunction No. 3, 1983, 8 mm transferred to digital video, color, silent, 7 minutes. From “Awakenings: Art in Society in Asia, 1960s–1990s”.

“AWAKENINGS” was the latest collaboration between museums in Japan, Korea, and Singapore to loosen the grip of postwar, so-called Western narratives of art. The ambitious curatorial team (Cheng JiaYun, Seng Yu Jin, Adele Tan, Eugene Tan, and Charmaine Toh of the National Gallery Singapore; Tomohiro Masuda and Katsuo Suzuki from the National Museum of Modern Art in Tokyo; and Bae Myungji and Ryu Hanseung of the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Seoul) organized more than a hundred artists from twelve countries across three sections—“Questioning Structures,” “Artists and the City,” and “New Solidarities”—that emphasized attitude and strategy over such off-the-shelf structuring principles as style, nationality, and linear temporality. By focusing on art produced during the political upheavals and democratization movements that restructured Asia between the 1960s and

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