2020 is less than a month away, but the art activities next year look promising already. For starters, one of China’s most celebrated artists, Cao Fei, will present a new large-scale kinetic installation right here in Singapore. Titled Fu Cha, the exhibition is part of the Ng Teng Fong Roof Garden Commission and will take place at the National Gallery’s rooftop, juxtaposed against the backdrop of Singapore’s skyline.
Fu Cha will study Asia’s history of migration, Singapore’s identity as a port city and even the fengshui of the gallery’s rooftop garden. Now, you must be thinking, who the heck is Cao Fei and why should I care about this exhibition? Here’s where we tell you that Cao Fei is a shape-shifter in the international arts community — she’s known for her social commentary on Asian societies and her works have been displayed in notable venues like Paris and New York.
We’ll let her portfolio do the talking — here are Cao’s most noteworthy exhibitions to hype you up for her upcoming one here:
House of Treasures, a 15-metres long inflated roast suckling pig at the exhibition, Inflation!, in Hong Kong. Cao came up with this idea to represent her everyday experience in Southern China, where suckling pigs represent good luck.
Cao’s contribution to One Hand Clapping, a series of works by the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York City. In this piece, Cao examines the new realities and potential crisis driven by automation and robots.
In this video, Cao explores the imagined identities of cosplayers in China, who are often shunned by the older generation.
Admission to Ng Teng Fong Roof Garden Commission: Cao Fei is free. Visit National Gallery’s website for more information.
Date: 17 Jan-25 Oct 2020
Location: Ng Teng Fong Roof Garden Gallery, Level 5, City Hall Wing, National Gallery Singapore 1 St Andrew’s Road Singapore 178957
Opening hours: 10am-7pm