Singaporean Ho Tzu Nyen wins art prize worth $60,000
By Shah NairEvents -
26 January 2015 12:47 PM | Updated 12:47 PM
Singapore visual artist Ho Tzu Nyen, with his masterpiece named ‘Pythagoras’, has been awarded the Grand Prize of the Asia Pacific Breweries (APB) Foundation Signature Art Prize 2014, worth a cool total of S$60,000.
The video installation is now exhibiting at the Singapore Art Museum (SAM).
'Pythagoras', a video installation by Ho Tzu Nyen | Photo: Singapore Art Museum
This is the second time a Singaporean has claimed the grand prize. The first was Yeo Chee Kiong in 2008.
The prize, established in 2008 by the APB foundation and SAM, is given out once every three years.
This third instalment saw 105 nominations from 24 countries and territories in June 2014 whittled down to an impressive 15 of the most outstanding contemporary artwork from 13 countries.
Ho's winning work was inspired by Pythagoras of Samos, the Greek philosopher and founder of Pythagoreanism.
The recognition is a huge deal for Ho, “because ‘Pythagoras' was in the company of so many great works”, he said.
The immaculately put-together video installation draws on the concept of the unseen and the concealment of power, sound or voice.
It was under the srcutiny of a panel of international and regional experts, which included Queensland Art Gallery director Chris Saines, art critic Feng Boyi, Bangkok Art and Culture Center director Luckana Kunavichayanont, KHOJ International Artists’ Association director Pooja Sood and SAM’s director, Dr Susie Lingham.
The two winners for Juror’s Choice with a cash prize of S$15,000 each were China artist Liu Jianhua’s ‘Traceof China’ and Indonesia’s Melati Suryodarmo’s ‘I’m a Ghost in My Own House’. Taiwanese artist Yao Jui-Chung’s ‘Mirage’ won People’s Choice and a cash prize of S$10,000.
All these works and more are open for viewing at the Singapore Art Museum until 15 March 2015.