Situationist Bon Gun by Tang Da Wu

This solo exhibition, ‘Situationist Bon Gun’, presents new works by Tang Da Wu and is a reflection of his artistic and personal experiences since he returned to Singapore from London in 1988. The exhibition title is a play on the Hainanese expression ‘pom gang’ for foolish and a reference to the avant-garde art practices of the Situationist International which reached its height during the May 1968 protests in Paris. The exhibition consists of new works across five parts: Banquet, Brother’s Pool, Revolution, Sembawang, and Sembawang Phoenix.

Tang Da Wu is a central figure in the development of contemporary art in Singapore. In 1988, he founded the first artist community in Singapore, The Artists Village, in Ulu Sembawang. It brought together the first generation of Singaporean contemporary artists, enabling them to explore and experiment with new art making practices and contemporary theory. This solo exhibition, ‘Situationist Bon Gun’, presents new works by Tang Da Wu and is a reflection of his artistic and personal experiences since he returned to Singapore from London in 1988.

Tang Da Wu graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the School of Fine Art, Birmingham Polytechnic in 1974. He received a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in 1985 from Goldsmiths’ College, University of London. He won the Arts and Culture Prize in 1999 at the 10th Fukuoka Asian Culture Prizes and was one of four artists who represented Singapore at the 2007 Venice Biennale.

There was a performance by Tang Da Wu and Willis Turner Henry on Thursday, 14 Mar 2013, 7.30pm. There will be a Curator’s Tour on Wednesday, 20 March 2013, 3 – 4pm.

The Institute of Contemporary Arts Singapore (ICAS) is the curatorial division of LASALLE College of the Arts. It runs seven galleries, comprising some 1,500 square meters of gallery spaces dedicated to exploring new and experimental art across the Fine Arts, Design, Media Practices, and Performing Arts. Its programme focuses on showcasing international, Asian, Southeast Asian, and local contemporary arts.

About the exhibition

Opening Date: Thurs 14 Mar 2013, 6.30pm

Date and Time: Fri 15 Mar – Wed 10 Apr 2013, 10am – 6pm, except 1.30 – 2.30pm (Closed on Mon and Public Holidays)

Venue: ICA Gallery 1 & 2 and TriSpace, Basement 1, LASALLE

Admission: Free

Curator’s Tour: Wednesday, 20 March 2013, 3 – 4pm

Courtesy of the artist and Lasalle College of the Arts/Institute of Contemporary Arts Singapore, for further information please visit www.lasalle.edu.sg.

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