Medium at Large

Medium at Large
  • DATE

    Apr 25, 2014 - Apr 30, 2015

  • Venue

    Singapore Art Museum

    71 Bras Basah Road
    Singapore 189555
  • TIME
    Monday: from 10:00 to 21:00
    Tuesday: from 10:00 to 21:00
    Wednesday: from 10:00 to 21:00
    Thursday: from 10:00 to 21:00
    Friday: from 10:00 to 21:00
    Saturday: from 10:00 to 21:00
    Sunday: from 10:00 to 21:00
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Medium at Large explores the idea of medium in contemporary art, examining some of the most fundamental and pressing questions of art - its making, and also our experience, encounter and understanding of it. The year-long exhibition at Singapore Art Museum (SAM) revels in the rich expanse of materials that contemporary artworks can be made of, and from, as well as the very 'slipperiness' of media, as categories and genres begin to slide into one another.

Art has long been classified by genres and disciplines, such as painting, sculpture, and photography, yet in resisting the confines of traditional definitions, contemporary works often behave in genre-bending ways, where a painting may slide into video or a video performs like drawing and a drawing is painterly. In other instances, a work's specific medium also embodies the weight of its concept, symbolism and significance, and artists have incorporated an astonishing breadth of material in producing these works. The artwork media here range from oil paint, to rattan, human hair, whitening soap, live bullet shells, as well as 'dematerialised' media like sound, language and text.

Medium at Large draws 'largely' from SAM's permanent collection, and also includes loans and commissions from Singaporean, Southeast Asia, and Asian artists, the latter gesturing to the some of the dilemmas and challenges of collecting for posterity. Across 32 artworks, the exhibition at SAM probes and ponders the fluid - if ever-elusive - nature of art: of art's medium, at large.

View a copy of the exhibition guide here.