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Keynote Lecture: HUANG YONG PING

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National Gallery Singapore, The Ngee Ann Kongsi Auditorium

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In this keynote lecture, renowned performance and installation artist Huang Yong Ping will share on his illustrious art practice from the days of Xiamen Dada to present, along with providing further insights into the cultural landscape of China in the pivotal late 1980’s period. Huang will also engage in conversation with Senior Curator Adele Tan, probing deeper into his processes of making, work philosophies, and his work on exhibit for Awakenings: Art in Society in Asia 1960s-1990s at National Gallery Singapore.



ABOUT THE ARTIST

Performance and installation artist Huang Yong Ping (b. 1954), is a major figure from the pioneering avant-garde art movement known as China's '85 New Wave (八五新潮). A founder of the iconoclastic art group Xiamen Dada, which often employed absurd and paradoxical strategies to interrogate the politics of art, life and society, Huang and his peers published manifestos and staged provocative events in the spirit of Dadaism and Zen philosophy. Based in Paris following his first international participation in the seminal exhibition Magiciens de la Terre (Magicians of the World) in 1989, Huang has continued to make work on contemporary issues, through the lens of Zen Buddhism and Taoism, frequently articulating animals as metaphorical subjects.

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This event is a pre-opening programme for the exhibition Awakenings: Art in Society in Asia 1960s-1990s. This exhibition investigates how experimental artists acted as catalysts for change during some of Asia’s most turbulent decades. It spotlights artistic responses to major global events such as the Cold War, and explores how artists challenged political, social and artistic conventions.

Co-organised by National Gallery Singapore, the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Korea and the National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, and the Japan Foundation Asia Center, Awakenings draws connections across Asia through over 150 artworks by important artists from China, India, Japan, Taiwan, Korea, Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, the Philippines, Myanmar, Thailand and Cambodia.

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This talk is held at The Ngee Ann Kongsi Auditorium, National Gallery Singapore.

Doors open at 6.10pm for registered patrons.

Free admission by registration via Eventbrite page. Please give your name as per your Eventbrite registration at the door for admission.

Please arrive at least 10 minutes before the start of the event. Latecomers may be denied entry as seats could be reallocated at the discretion of the organiser.

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Artwork credit:
Huang Yong Ping
Reptiles
1989, current version made 2013
Paper pulp, iron and washing machine, 495 x 1300 x 900 cm
Collection of M+, Hong Kong
Image © ADAGP Huang Yong Ping; courtesy of the artist and kamel mennour, Paris

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