Tropical Lab 6
Presented and hosted by Singapore-based guest artists and arts professionals, a series of interactions has been organised for Tropical Lab participants to discover and experience local Art/Land/Culture over a meal or during a field trip. These sessions are strictly for Tropical Lab participants and invited guests only. Click here for the schedule overview.
Henri Chen KeZhan
Fri 27 July 2012, evening
Henri Chen KeZhan (b. 1959) is one of Singapore’s most established artists and a pioneer in contemporary Chinese painting; using abstract ink and wash. Thriving on the border of Chinese and Western art, he is a internationally recognised painter and has held numerous overseas exhibitions since the late 1970s in the United States, Europe and Asia, including at the Venice Biennale in 2001 . Until his mid-20s, Henri was engaged with extensive Chinese painting and calligraphy training in Singapore and Hong Kong, followed by international travels. Subsequently he settled in Paris, France, to study music and train under expressionist oil painter Professor Jean Berthole. In Singapore, Henri has been recognised by being awarded the Young Artist Award in 1993 and the Patron of the Arts Award in 1999. His artwork is held in many national, corporate and private collections worldwide. For Tropical Lab, Henri will hold a private dinner with a menu awashed with Chinese and Western food at his private residence and studio in Singapore’s outskirts.
Sat 28 July 2012, evening
Welcome Dinner: The Tropical King hosts the first LAND Session at his forest-home amidst one of Singapore’s nature reserves. Born in Yugoslavia, Milenko’s move to Singapore in the early 1990s was marked by a discovery of the tropics; and living among pythons, bats, monkeys, frogs and crickets has led to his self-coined alter-ego, the Tropical King.
Mon 30 July 2012, all day
Heritage Conservation Centre and Haw Par Villa
As an artist and curator, Zaki is interested in the human consciousness, the hermeneutics of art, and often employs wordplay and games in his works; some of which investigate the relationship to our self-/assigned roles during food experience and consumption. For Tropical Lab, Zaki will give a private tour of the private collection of Singapore’s Modern and Contemporary art at the Singapore Heritage Conservation Centre. After a chicken-rice lunch with gallerist Marjorie Chu (below) the tour will continue to performing 3 sets of Malay stories at the garden of Chinese myths and values at the mythical Haw Par Villa – Malay Stories at Tiger Balm Gardens; Is it a Tiger or a Lion?
Mon 30 July 2012, lunch
ART FORUM Gallery
Marjorie Chu was born in Shanghai, China in 1940 and is now a Singapore citizen. She has been an art dealer and gallery owner since 1971. Marjorie has organised field trips with artists to Ubud, Bali; Outback Australia (camping); Yunnan, China; the desert towns of Rajasthan, India; Glenlivet, Scotland; Xinjiang, China; and Umbria, Italy. She is a Founder Member of the Art Galleries Association of Singapore; Lecturer to Friends of the Museum, Singapore; and External Lecturer at Temasek Polytechnic, Singapore. She established the National Museum Shops, Singapore. She was also the Fair Organiser of ARTSingapore 2002 & 2004, and was also one of the Fair Directors of ARTSingapore in 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008. In 2005, she was President of the Art Galleries Association, Singapore. From 2005 – 2007, she was President of the Southeast Asian Ceramic Society (Singapore). Marjorie Chu is the author of Understanding Contemporary Southeast Asian Art published in Singapore, 2003. Marjorie will be hosting a dialogue and lunch with chicken rice – a dish sometimes referred to as “Hainanese chicken rice” but debated as having come from Singapore, Malaysia and/or Thailand.
Mon 6 Aug 2012, evening
Glen Goei is one of Singapore’s leading film and theatre directors. His broad ranging body of work embraces the full gamut of performing and visual arts; film, theatre, musicals, large scale shows, World Expos, dance, music, and architectural design. Glen Goei was the Artistic Director of Mu-Lan Arts in London from 1990 to 1998. It was the first Asian theatre company to be established in the United Kingdom. He is currently the Associate Artistic Director of the Singaporean theatre company, W!ld Rice. Goei’s film, Forever Fever was the first Singapore film to achieve a worldwide commercial release. The film was distributed in America and the UK by Miramax, which then signed him on an exclusive three-picture deal. In 1994, he received the National Youth Award for his contribution to the Arts from Prime Minister Goh Chok Tong. Glen will host the Tropical Lab students for a Peranakan style private dinner and dialogue.