Friday, 15 October 2010

Working the Tropical Garden

[Ng Eng Teng, Asian Symphony (detail), 1971, Ciment Fondu]
Date: 15 Oct 2010 - 6 Nov 2011
Venue: NET Temporary Gallery, NUS Museum
Curator: Foo Su Ling
Artist: Ng Eng Teng 

Asian Symphony, Ng Eng Teng’s largest known public mural measuring 1.8 x 9 m, was commissioned for the Garden Hotel in 1971. Conceived in an era when Singapore was beginning to emphasise environmental planning as the key to sustainable development, the mural is an idealised expression of man’s synergistic relationship with nature. It was recently donated to the NUS Museum and is now installed at National University Health System building at Kent Ridge.

This exhibition brings together working sketches and a maquette which were part of Ng’s preparatory work for the mural, as well as other materials which elucidate the artist’s articulation and treatment of the figure. The displays complement the Museum’s permanent exhibition Sculpting Life: The Ng Eng Teng Collection, allowing a survey of key thematic and formal interests which the artist had explored since the 1960s.
Click here for the exhibition brochure in PDF format.

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