Re|Collecting Asia: Selections from Singapore Private Collections, Gillman Barracks, Singapore

Curator: Khim ONG
20 September—19 November 2017

Curated by Khim Ong, Deputy Director of Curatorial Programmes at the NTU Centre for Contemporary Art, Re|Collecting Asia comprises of important art pieces drawn from the private collections of Singapore-based art collectors including, Ryan Su and Adrian Chan of The Ryan Foundation who will be showcasing the works of Xu Zhen (1977, Shanghai), a Chinese contemporary artist whose humorous and provocative works have been collected by the Fondation Louis Vuitton.

The other collectors involved in this exhibition include Jim Amberson, who showcases works such as the amazing rattan sculptures of Cambodian artist Sopheap Pich (1971, Cambodia) whose organic works have been collected by the Guggenheim.

Ann Mui Ling, whose generous contributions include a gift to the NUS Museum which enabled it to acquire an important suite of works by Singaporean artist Jimmy Ong (1964, Singapore), will be showcasing works by Jimmy Ong and also an important work by Singaporean artist Ming Wong (1971, Singapore) which was part of the Singapore Pavilion at the 53rd Venice Biennale in 2009 which was awarded a Special Mention. The work is a large old-style cinema billboard painted by one of the last remaining billboard painters Mr. Neo Chon Teck.

Mr and Mrs Stephen Ng, who started collecting Chinese and Indonesian contemporary art during their stint in Hong Kong, will be showing works by Handiwirman Saputra (1975, Indonesia) and Xue Song (1965, China). Younger artists are also present in the exhibition, with collector Satesh Kumar showcasing the work of Robert Zhao Renhui (1983, Singapore) which was featured in the 2016 Sydney Biennale, while Ann Mui Ling will be showing a diptych by Singaporean artist Genevieve Chua (1984, Singapore).

This will be the first collectors' show at Gillman Barracks. The Collectors' show is an opportunity for Singapore collectors to share their private collections with the public, and not have their artworks stowed away in warehouses as investments. It also shows their support and pride for the artists in their collections. As organisers of the Collectors' Show, The Ryan Foundation hopes more collectors will come forward to showcase their works and to inspire the public.

Re|Collecting Asia: Selections from Singapore Private Collections will take place at Gillman Barracks (Block 9, Lock Road, S108937) and is free of charge. Opening hours are Wednesdays to Sundays, from 11am to 7pm.

A catalogue has been published for the exhibition:

Re|Collecting Asia: Selections from Singapore Private Collections
Exhibition photography by Aldrick Saw
Design by KWOK Shao Hui / ShanghART Singapore
Copy editing by Sylvia Tsai
First published 2017
© The artists and The Ryan Foundation
ISBN: 978-981-11-5414-0

Media Quotes
"[S]ome exceptional art can also be seen at the Ryan Foundation's collectors' show at Block 9 Lock Road."
– The Business Times
"Selections from Singapore private collections are also up for view on Re|Collecting Asia..."
– The Straits Times
"The Ryan Foundation, owned by Singaporean lawyer and art collector Ryan Su, will be presenting a collectors' show as part of the celebrations. Entitled Re|Collecting Asia – Selections from Singapore Private Collections, visitors can look out for items by Singapore-based art collectors as well as overseas artists."
– Yahoo Lifestyle Singapore