Visions and Enchantment: Southeast Asian Paintings
Catalogue of large scale exhibition of South East Asian Paintings (mostly on loan from private collections of individuals and institutions), organized by the Singapore Art Museum in Association with Christie's Singapore. Visions and Enchantment is an attempt to chart a long historical time frame of South East Asian paintings. At the same time, it also offers and suggests ways in which aspects of independently established national narratives may or can be collectivised under common conceptual frameworks. Through themes such as transfer/assimilations/adaptation of art models, expressions of identity through landscape and communities, and abstraction and internationalism/universalism, we may test ways of conflating and comparing histories. Although such proposed frameworks would be by a large measure exploratory, or even speculative at this point in time, they nevertheless represent significant contributions to the knowledge on Southeast Asian art.
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