7 June - 25 June
This exhibition is presented by Straits Gallery with artworks from a private collection.
Known for his pivotal role in shaping modern art history in Singapore, Goh Beng Kwan (b.1937) masterfully blends Oriental lyricism and Western abstract expressionism aesthetics in his oeuvre. While much has been said of his ‘oriental approach’ to his collages, little is known of his contemporary ink and innovative approach to his mixed media works.
Born in 1937, Goh and his contemporaries persevered and created art that reflects their cultural experiences and identities amidst the challenges of rapid urbanisation in mid-20th century Singapore.
‘Time and Again’ celebrates Goh’s resilience and strength as a Southeast Asian artist, showcasing over 50 works from the 1960s to the present that demonstrate his aptitude for colours and composition, highlighting the versatility and consistency in his art practice that alludes to the spirit of the time in which they were created.
Revealed for the first time is a series of works he produced at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, titled ‘New Era’. This new body of work marks a new phase for the artist and calls for a reflection on our city’s resilience and adaptability in the face of change and a renewed sense of perspective in the new world.