KOEH SIA YONG
PART IV Art and society in 1950s: A Discussion Series on
Art Collectives and Community
15 Oct (Sat), 2.00pm – 5.00pm, SAM Auditorium.
Initiated during A Heroic Decade: Singapore Art 1955–1965 exhibition (21 Jul – 19 Sep 2005), a special showcase in conjunction with Singapore’s 40th Year of Independence Celebration
Chair: Kwok Kian Chow
Speakers: Chng Seok Tin, Choo Keng Kwang, Koeh Sia Yong, Dr Lai Kui Fang, Lim Yew Kuan
This is the concluding forum to the discussion series that has explored the role of art societies and groups during this vital period in the nation’s history. Art associations in the 1950s were crucial in spreading critical ideas of art making. The final session will consider the circumstances that promoted interests for socially-oriented artistic approaches in the 1950s and explore how universal elements of social realism are absorbed into the local context.
This forum is conducted in Mandarin with English summary and multilingual Q & A.
Nanyang 1950 - 65 : Passage to Singaporean art / Toshiko,
Rawanchaikul. - Japan : Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, 2002
Artists: Chen Wen Hsi, Cheong Soo Pieng, Choo Keng Kwang, Georgette Chen, Koeh Sia Yong, Lai Foong Moi, Lee Kee Boon, Lim Hak Tai, Lim Mu Hue, Lim Yew Kuan, Liu Kang, See Cheen Tee, Tan Tee Chie.
AS 171 SG
Talk on Equator Art Society (In Mandarin)
By Koeh Sia Yong
20 August, Saturday
2.00pm – 3.30pm
The Equator Art Society was founded in 1956 and played a significant role in the development of a national identity in art during the 50s and 60s. Little is known about this Society except its association with Social Realism in Singapore.
Koeh Sia Yong, a professional artist, was the last president of the Equator Art Society. He will share details about the society's activities in the 50s and 60s as well as his art practice in the context of those times. A rare opportunity for arts and social history enthusiasts!
A Q&A session will follow the talk.
• Limited to 60 participants
Presented by Singapore History
Curated by p-10
15 August to 25 September
Public Talk and Workshop Programmes
Old, Nostalgic, Sentimental, Beautiful
Date : 03 Jan 2005 - 28 Jan 2005
Time : 1200 hours - 1900 hours
Venue : DLR Gallery, 17C Lorong Liput (Holland Village)
Old pictures tell tales, bring back memories, move our feelings and satisfy our eyes. This exhibition-cum-sale of artworks 25 years and older reveal the past: vanished trades, kampong scenes, vehicles, streets and buildings.
Goh Beng Kwan has painted representational pictures, Teo Eng Seng has taken unusual photographs, distinguished portrait photographer P. S. Teo will showcase his collection of pictorial photography, and freelance photographer Teo Yeow Seng will display his portfolio of old Singapore scenes.
Also enjoy woodcuts by Tan Tee Chie and Foo Chee San, drawings by Sim Lian Huat, watercolour paintings by Loy Chye Chuan, Chieu Shuey Fook, Chew Piak San, Low Puay Hua, Ho Yue Weng, and oil paintings by Yeo Hoe Koon, Koeh Sia Yong, Ang Ah Tee, Poh Siew Wah, Chong Ah Tong and Khoo Eng Tong.
Woodblock prints in Singapore, 1950-60
16 April 02
A small but important exhibition of woodcut prints produced in Singapore in the 1950s and 1960s is currently on display at the National University of Singapore Museum. The exhibition is based on the work of former Assistant Curator Joyce Fan (now at SAM). Curated by Teo Marianne, the exhibition is accompanied by a modest but informative brochure. Printmaking at that time, was derived from Chinese revolutionary models, and depicts the social ills prevalent in Singapore after the Japanese occupation (1942-1946).
Marianne Teo notes in her essay: Although the artists took the lead from China, their psyche was rooted in Singapore. The medium, the materials and the tools were imported from China but the subject matter was, to use a contemporary word, Malayan. Like their counterparts in China, the local Chinese artists took on the social responsibility of exposing the ills of society and at the same time celebrating the socialnbsp; good they saw.
The exhibition includes woodcuts by Tan Tee Chie, Lee Kee Boon, See Cheen Tee, Koeh Sia Yong, and Choo Keng Kwang. There is also contextual books and magazines from China and Singapore.
Opening reception: 15 Sep
04 (Wed), 7.30pm
Guest of Honour: Mr Koeh Sia Yong
Venue: p-10 @ 10 Perumal Road Singapore 218777 (near Farrer Park MRT Exit B)
Exhibition period: 16 Sep to 14 Oct (By appointment only)
Inspired by Koh Nguang How’s brand of empirical formula in his research of Singapore art, this exhibition is based on an error in print or in writing (to be contested), in the book Channels & Confluences: A History of Singapore Art published by the National Heritage Board/Singapore Art Museum in 1996.
What stands between these two numbers: ‘0’ and ‘9’? This exhibition charts the unravelling of (Singapore Art) History as we know it, as a result of Koh’s ‘archaeological finds’ as he excavates the ‘ruins’ left behind or forgotten. The status of this erratum is pending but not final. History needs the confluences of dialogues and perpetual re-orderings to maintain its relevance to the times.
A result of p-10’s first residency project.
For more information or to make an appointment, please call +65 6294-0041 or visit www.p-10.org/errata/.
Sponsored by National Arts Council and Kuok (S) Ltd.
Supported by Killiney Kopitiam Group of Companies and The Artists Village.
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