Classic Contemporary Exhibition
Full height white curtains are used as the main element. They organise the space and
narrate the experience. They frame views and create vistas to artworks,
and sometimes, they provide a dramatic backdrop.
Size: 1000 square metres  /   Year: Completion 2010
Type: Culture   /  Services: Exhibition
Team: Torrance Goh, Willie Koh, Susanne Teng   /  Photographer: Jeremy San Tzer Ning
 
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This exhibition focuses on some of the most iconic contemporary Southeast Asian artworks in the collection of Singapore Art Museum collection and playfully asks the question: what makes an artwork ‘classic’ or ‘contemporary’ or both?

In addressing the curatorial direction of imbuing the show with a red carpet treatment, we wanted to use as minimal elements as possible which give hints of that stature and even a slight feel of glamour to the artists and their works. They should work together to create a neutral background so as not to overpower the works and provide a unified coherent experience.
Full height white curtains are used as the main element. They organise the space and narrate the experience. They frame views and create vistas to artworks, and sometimes, they provide a dramatic backdrop. The curtains lend an air of grandeur and austerity but at the same time provide a quiet contemplative space.

To complement the curtains, huge white lampshades are scattered throughout the space. Not only do they serve as ambient lighting and markers to each artwork, they are also designed to hold captions for each work.