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The Singapore Art Museum’s Public Art Projects and Ming Wong’s ‘Wayang Spaceship’.. and Others


Ming Wong, ‘Wayang Spaceship,’ 2022. Site-specific public art commission, Tanjong Pagar Distripark, Singapore. Courtesy of Singapore Art Museum.

The Singapore Art Museum’s Public Art Projects and Ming Wong’s ‘Wayang Spaceship’

In 2021, the Singapore Art Museum (SAM) announced its strategic direction to turn Singapore into an open-air museum. Since then, it has established The Everyday Museum for that aim and has been presenting exhibitions and works on unexpected sites around the city- museum billboards, public libraries, science centers, and more. The Everyday Museum commissions art annually, and the inaugural commission went to international media artist Ming Wong (b. 1971).

Ming Wong has consistently investigated the performance genre, and this time he has created a site-specific work, ‘Wayang Spaceship (2022),’ a reinterpretation of the traditional Cantonese opera stage in China. It is in Tanjong Pagar Distripark, an industrial site with a harbor backdrop, symbolic of Singapore’s history of industrialization and migration. It is also the site of the 2022 Singapore Biennale.

Ming Wong’s ‘Wayang Spaceship’ lies dormant during the day and turns on around 7 pm, presenting a fictional fusion of Chinese opera and science fiction. Everyday Museum has several plans in the pipeline to make Singapore a destination for public art, including hosting an international public art festival.

The Everyday Museum

Ming Wong: Wayang Spaceship

January 14, 2022 – December 31, 2023


Poster of “Waiting for the Wind,” Tokyo Contemporary Art Award 2021-2023 Exhibition, Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, Tokyo (2023). Credit: Tokyo Contemporary Art Award

2023 Tokyo Contemporary Art Award Exhibition “Waiting for the Wind”

The Tokyo Contemporary Art Award (TCAA), funded by the Tokyo state government and Tokyo Art Space (TCAA), began in 2018. Each year, the jury selects two mid-career Japanese artists to grant them multi-year support. The program aims to help already established mid-career artists to renew their practice. In the third year, the awardees present an exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo (MOT).

Currently, MOT is presenting “Waiting for the Wind,” an exhibition of 2021 TCAA recipients Lieko Shiga (b. 1980) and Kota Takeuchi (b. 1982).

Shiga and Takeuchi are based in Miyagi and Fukushima, both sites devastated by the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake. For this exhibition, the two artists have respectively investigated the recovery efforts after 2011 and the balloon bombs used in World War II as the main subjects of their works.

The first and second winners of the Tokyo Contemporary Art Prize were Sachiko Kazama and Motoyuki Shitamichi, Hikaru Fujii and Chikako Yamashiro. The fourth winners to present an exhibition in 2024 are Saeborg and Michiko Tsuda.

Tokyo Contemporary Art Award 2021-2023 Exhibition

Waiting for the Wind

March 18, 2023 -June 18, 2023

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