News Details | 27-Sep-2012

A celebration of regional artwork as NTU gallery reopens

Nanyang Technological University (NTU) reopens its art gallery at the School of Art, Design and Media (ADM) today with an exhibition of groundbreaking Southeast Asian contemporary artworks curated by renowned art critic and historian T.K. Sabapathy. 

The grand opening exhibition, Intersecting Histories: Contemporary Turns in Southeast Asian Art celebrates the completion of a two-year renovation project, and launches ADM Gallery as the School’s outstanding new professional exhibition facility.  On display until 24 November 2012 are more than 35 seminal, contemporary artworks by 28 artists from Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines and Singapore, such as Brenda Fajardo, Nindityo Adipurnomo, Sulaiman Esa and Tang Da Wu. 
NTU President, Professor Bertil Andersson said, "The ADM Gallery represents a major step forward for NTU, as it emphasises and supports NTU’s five key strategic thrusts. The ADM Gallery’s capacity to support innovation, new media and sustainability makes it an ideal nexus for the New Silk Road that connects the best of East and West."

"The ADM Gallery will be a creative hub of activity where art, science and technology meet.  It will be an endless source of inspiration and ideas for NTU students and the rest of the community, while it also engages and supports our faculty in their research, and strengthens the arts community on campus and in Singapore," Professor Andersson added.

Offering over 200 square metres of exhibition space, the ADM Gallery has been fitted with advanced systems such as museum track lighting and climate-controls to safely present sensitive and valuable works of art. This enables the Gallery to meet today’s high international museum standards, so that it can host contemporary art exhibitions by professional artists from Singapore, Southeast Asia, and beyond.

The upgraded ADM Gallery also incorporates state-of-the-art audio and video equipment. These facilities allow it to be transformed from the traditional “white cube”, into a “black box” for performances, video projections, and interactive multi-media installations. This makes the gallery a unique, high-tech creative space in Singapore.

The ADM Gallery will complement the other existing art facilities at NTU’s Yunnan Garden campus that include The Art Gallery at the National Institute of Education, the NTU Museum, the Innovation Centre, and the Centre for Asian Art and Design.  

Distinctive exhibition of Southeast Asian contemporary works

Intersecting Histories displays some of the most significant and stimulating contemporary art works created by artists in Southeast Asia.  The artworks, produced between the 1970s until the present, highlight distinctive moments or turning points in the emergence and development of the contemporary in Southeast Asian Art, such as Jim Supangkat’s Ken Dedes (1975), Cheo Chai Hiang’s And Miles to Go Before I Sleep (1976) and Redza Piyadasa’s Four Propositions (1977).

The works were selected from the permanent holdings of the Singapore Art Museum, the National Art Gallery, Singapore, the National University of Singapore Museum and private collections, including Artesan Gallery + Studio, Singapore, Nadi Gallery, Jakarta, and Dr. Oei Hong Djien, Magelang, Indonesia.

The curator Mr T.K. Sabapathy said, “In this exhibition, each work is seen as vividly crystallizing a number of features; each is vital and absorbing. Works are shown as connecting with and separate from one another, along varied paths of viewing interests. Collectively the exhibition presents compelling markers of contemporary artistic histories in Southeast Asia; histories that are perceived as continuously intersecting with one another.”

A fully-illustrated catalogue will be published in conjunction with the exhibition, featuring a major essay by Mr Sabapathy that offers up new primary research on Southeast Asian contemporary art.  The catalogue will also include essays penned by specialists in art history, such as Yvonne Low, Adele Tan, Seng Yu Jin, Aminudin TH Siregar, and Tan Boon Hui.

The ADM Gallery is open to the public from 10am to 6pm Monday to Friday and 12pm to 5pm on Saturday. For more information, visit

The newly refurbished ADM Gallery comes soon after the announcement earlier this month that NTU will spearhead the development of Singapore’s contemporary art centre at Gillman Barracks, Asia’s up-and-coming destination for contemporary art.  Supported by the Singapore Economic Development Board, the CCA will be a focal point of Gillman Barracks, featuring international artist residency, research and exhibition programmes.

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About Nanyang Technological University

A research-intensive public university, Nanyang Technological University (NTU) has 33,500 undergraduate and postgraduate students in the colleges of Engineering, Business, Science, and Humanities, Arts, & Social Sciences. In 2013, NTU will enrol the first batch of students at its new medical school, the Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine, which is set up jointly with Imperial College London.
NTU is also home to four world-class autonomous institutes – the National Institute of Education, S Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Earth Observatory of Singapore, and Singapore Centre on Environmental Life Sciences Engineering – and various leading research centres such as the Nanyang Environment & Water Research Institute (NEWRI), Energy Research Institute @ NTU (ERI@N) and the Institute on Asian Consumer Insight (ACI).

A fast-growing university with an international outlook, NTU is putting its global stamp on Five Peaks of Excellence: Sustainable Earth, Future Healthcare, New Media, New Silk Road, and Innovation Asia.

Besides the main Yunnan Garden campus, NTU also has a satellite campus in Singapore’s science and tech hub, one-north, and is setting up a third campus in Novena, Singapore’s medical district.
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