National Gallery Singapore Presents the First Minimalism Exhibition in SEA

National Gallery Singapore and ArtScience Museum are collaborating for the FIRST time to present the region’s FIRST exhibition focusing on Minimalism.

Olafur Eliasson,Seu corpo da obra (Your body of work) 2011

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Led by the Gallery and set across these two sites, over 130 works will explore the history and legacy of this groundbreaking art movement, which continues to influence a wide range of art forms and practitioners across the world today.

Dr. Eugene Tan, Director of National Gallery Singapore said,

“This institutional collaboration will enable us to extend the scale of the exhibition, to further examine the many rich and complex dimensions of this significant artistic tendency, which has had such an enormous influence on contemporary art and design but has been little seen in Southeast Asia. Its profound impact will become evident through the exhibition set across both venues, each of which will have a distinct focus in our examination of Minimalism. This will further allow both institutions to reach out to and engage different audiences, due to our respective localities and programmatic focus. We hope to further enhance our understanding of Minimalism and its legacies for art today through this exhibition.”

Honor Harger, Executive Director of ArtScience Museum added,

ArtScience Museum is delighted to partner National Gallery Singapore on Minimalism: Space. Light. Object. The curatorial teams at both museums have worked together to create a coherent single exhibition that shows how Minimalism became a radical turning point in the history of 20th-century art, stepping away from the experience of art as an object, to the consideration of the spatial, social and political contexts in which art exists. Playing to our strength as a museum of both science and art, ArtScience

Museum will present artwork which meditates on the notions of the cosmological void, emptiness and nothingness – principles which are resonant to both Minimalism and to science. Our show seeks to exemplify the comment often attributed to Albert Einstein that, ‘everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler.’”

The exhibition will provide a re-examination of Minimalism’s origins, broadening the scope beyond New York to consider related tendencies around the world. A key aspect is the ongoing engagement of Minimal art with Asian art and spirituality in the work of Asian, American and European artists.

The Gallery’s exhibition will explore the development of Minimal art and ideas from the 1950s to the present day, tracing its shift from painting to sculpture and then to spatial installations and immersive environments.

It will feature works by some of the most significant artists of the past 70 years, including:

  • Mark Rothko (USA, 1903-1970)
  • Donald Judd (USA, 1928-1994)
  • Yayoi Kusama (Japan, 1929- )
  • Charlotte Posenenske (Germany, 1930-1985)
  • Lee Ufan (Korea/Japan 1936- )
  • Olafur Eliasson (Denmark/Iceland, 1967- )
  • Anish Kapoor (India/UK 1954- )
  • Ai Weiwei (China, 1957- )
  • Po Po (Myanmar, 1957- )
  • Singaporean artists Kim Lim (1963-1997) and Tang Da Wu (1943- ).

ArtScience Museum will present a thematic exhibition exploring form, colour and spirituality, including the work of influential artists such as:

  • Carmen Herrera (Cuba-USA, 1915- )
  • Mona Hatoum (Lebanon/UK, 1952- )
  • Richard Long (UK, 1945- )
  • contemporary artists Song Dong (China, 1966- )
  • Tan Ping (China, 1960- )
  • Charwei Tsai (Taiwan/France/Vietnam, 1980- )
  • teamLab (Japan, 2001- )

Singaporean artist Jeremy Sharma (Singapore, 1977- ) will also be showcasing his new commission at the exhibition.

ArtScience Museum will also explore the impact and legacies of minimalist sound and experimental composition within a dedicated Sound Room.

Throughout the duration of the exhibition, special programmes at both venues will feature music, film, dance and interactive installation, showing the close engagement of other art forms with Minimalism. Further details to be announced.

For more information about the exhibition, please visit:

About National Gallery Singapore

National Gallery Singapore is a visual arts institution which oversees the largest public collection of modern art in Singapore and Southeast Asia. Situated in the heart of the Civic District, the Gallery is housed in two national monuments—City Hall and former Supreme Court—that have been beautifully restored and transformed into this exciting venue. Reflecting Singapore’s unique heritage and geographical location, the Gallery features Singapore and Southeast Asian art from Singapore’s National Collection in its long-term and special exhibitions. The Gallery also works with international museums to jointly present Southeast Asian art in the global context, positioning Singapore as a regional and international hub for the visual arts.

In 2016, the Gallery won the awards for “Best Attraction Experience”, “Breakthrough Contribution to Tourism” and “Best Customer Service (Attractions)” at the prestigious Singapore Tourism Awards for its role in adding to the vibrancy of Singapore’s tourism landscape.

About ArtScience Museum

ArtScience Museum at Marina Bay Sands is the cultural institution in Singapore that explores the intersection between art, science, technology and culture. Since opening in February 2011, the museum has staged large-scale exhibitions by some of the world’s major artists, including Leonardo da Vinci, Salvador Dalí, Andy Warhol, Vincent Van Gogh, and M.C. Escher. In addition, it has presented significant exhibitions which explore aspects of science, including, in recent shows, big data, particle physics, natural history, marine biology and space exploration.

ArtScience Museum’s striking lotus-inspired building, designed by Moshe Safdie, features 21 gallery spaces spanning nearly 5000m2. The museum has staged international exhibitions in partnership with renowned museums and galleries around the world, including the British Museum and Science Museum in London, the American Museum of Natural History in New York, the Ambrosiana in Milan, Mori Art Museum in Tokyo, the Australian Centre for Moving Image in Melbourne, and many others. ArtScience Museum also originates and produces exhibitions in-

house, and runs a full programme of education, events, activities and learning opportunities for a wide range of audiences.

ArtScience Museum is owned and operated by Marina Bay Sands.

The Outliers UNITEN Is Set For APAC Region Finals

They emerged as Champion of Schneider Electric’s 8th Annual ‘Go Green in the City’. They received RM5,000 bursary, winning throphy and a Certificate of Honour


These young and talented will be competing against 12 countries at the Asia Pacific Region Finals, where members of the winning team will receive a once in a lifetime employment opportunity with Schneider Electric and visit Schneider Electric offices worldwide.

This annual competition offers Malaysia’s upcoming and talented engineering and business students the opportunity to present and showcase their ideas for a more efficient and sustainable energy management in our rapidly growing cities.

Under the theme “What’s your bold idea?”, students were required to illustrate their ideas for innovative energy management solutions in cities for one of the four real-life case challenges within energy management, namely:

  • “Sustainability & Inclusivity”
  • “Digital Economy”
  • “Smart Manufacturing & Supply Chain”
  • “Cyber Security”
  • or focus on an original idea for efficient energy management in a city environment.

The proposals were judged based on innovation from the business perspective, environmental impact, and energy management perspective, the feasibility of the idea and the knowledge of Schneider Electric’s products.

Farah Aini Shazlin, 22 and Iyadh Haziq Wan Yusof, 22 from the winning team, Team Outliers from UNITEN received the grand prize of RM5, 000 and a trophy, as well as each a Certificate of Honour.

The team will represent Malaysia to compete against 12 other teams from Indonesia, Cambodia, Korea, Japan, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam, Australia and New Zealand at the Asia Pacific Region Finals on the 28th – 29th August 2018 for a place at the international finals in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, which will be held in November, 2018.

Soo Pow Leong, Country President of Schneider Electric Malaysia, said

“As a global energy management industry leader, Schneider Electric is thrilled to be a forefront in providing this platform for the younger generation to share their visions and strategies on sourcing for smarter alternatives to global solutions on challenges in the energy industry. “Go Green in the City” was organized to foster talented young engineers and future business leaders to promote change and to make a difference by striving for technical expertise and utilizing a strong moral compass.

This competition saw quality efficient, sustainable, and smart city solutions by passionate and dedicate young future leaders. Schneider Electric is committed in the country’s talent development as we gear towards growing local talent pools. We hope this competition will encourage more bright young talents in finding green solutions to environmental issues into achieving our goal of having greener and smarter city. My heartiest congratulations goes out to team The Outliers for their victory, and we are confident that their good work will be able to trump the APAC Region finals.” 

According to Kumareshan Mardappan from the Energy Commission, who also sat on the panel of judges, this competition is an innovative way to discover ways of establishing smart cities through the eyes of the future generation.

“By organizing this competition on a global scale and involving students within its process, Schneider Electric has stepped up as an industry leader to provide a platform to expand and foster our local talent pools. Similarly, the ‘Go Green in the City’ competition is very much in line with our mission at the Energy Commission, which is to foster economic development and competitive markets in an environmentally sustainable manner. This is why we’ve always been supportive of such initiatives, and we hope that other industry players can utilise this as a benchmark to address, improve and spearhead sustainability efforts.” 

The final event in the USA promises to be an extremely rewarding experience with FOUR action-packed days in a culturally rich and engaging environment where the students will get to interact with Schneider Electric’s top management, build a strong and lasting professional and personal network, learn about the business from experts and develop key skills through various workshops and activities.

Members of the global winning team will receive an opportunity to work with Schneider Electric and visit Schneider Electric’s offices in two different countries on an all-expenses paid trip.

Go Green in the City is an interesting and unique challenge as one member of the two-members team must be a female. This is a crucial platform to promote workplace diversity in industrial positions and can help to integrate women’s views and perspectives in the energy management industry.

This year’s winning topic was presented by the bright young students from University Tenaga Nasional and they focused on integrating agriculture in a smart city that they called as Agro Smart City.

“It is an honour for us to have won Schneider Electric’s “Go Green in the City” competition in the Malaysia finals this year. Although it was a tough competition, we are proud to be given the opportunity to represent Malaysia at the Asia Pacific Region Finals against teams from different countries. This is an eye-opening experience for us, as we get to share our passion and ideas which could contribute to more ways on efficient energy management in a city environment on an international scale. We will do our best and make Malaysia proud.”

-Farah Aini Shazlin from Team The Outliers

Bagging the 1st runner up title with their concept of Press the Court, Save the Earth, Team Energyz from Asia Pacific University took home RM3,000 and certificate of honor while Team SchrikE from Taylor’s University Lakeside Campus + University Malaysia Pahang achieved the 2nd runner up title with their idea on Railways of Tomorrow.

List of winners: –

  1. 1st Place Team The Outliers Universiti Tenaga RM5,000 + Trophy +
    Farah Aini Shazlin Nasional (UNITEN) Certificate
    Iyadh Haziq Wan Yusof
  2. 1st Runner Up Team Energyz Asia Pacific University RM3,000 + Certificate
    Larviania A/P (APU)
    Yap Zhi Wen
  3. 2nd Runner Up Team SchrikE Taylor’s University RM1,000 + Certificate
    Lee Keifer Lakeside Campus (TULC)
    Lim Yan Ying + University Malaysia
    Pahang (UMP)

For more information on the contest, please visit




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