A transfixing array of over 150 art works just graced the walls of the National Museum of Singapore. Derived from the extensive art collection of the Deutsche Bank, these paper-based pieces tackle issues that range from consumerism to gender roles.
Deutsche Bank owns a wide and eclectic range of works, but the art pieces featured in All the Best: The Deutsche Bank Collection and Zaha Hadid are mostly drawings and photographs. Curator Joselina Cruz explains: “I was excited at the opportunity to create a conversation within the exhibition amongst the art works,” she says. “I have always been interested in drawing as a potent medium that has taken a backseat to the more spectacular contemporary art. This media has the potential to create thoughtful and powerful art in the 21st century.” She adds, “Its juxtaposition with photography shows that contemporary drawing can hold its own. The exhibition thus becomes the point of meeting for the exploration of two media; the site where artists are pushing, experimenting and using drawing and photography as important methods.”
Besides photographs and drawings, look out for an on-site installation by the esteemed architect Zaha Hadid. Cutting across the courtyard of the museum to the ceilings and walls of the main exhibition space, it adds a modern and contemporary feel to the whole show.
Check out All the Best: The Deutsche Bank Collection and Zaha Hadid for a visual tease. Don’t miss the works of notables such as Eva Hesse, Gregor Schneider, Joseph Beuys, Juergen Teller, Tracy Emin, Marlene Dumas and Thomas Ruff while you are there. And bank on this show to be an absorbing one.