The Ryan Foundation in collaboration with the National Museum of Singapore is kicking off 2019 with Singapore’s first major art exhibition featuring works by award-winning Hollywood actress Lucy Liu and Jurors’ Choice Award recipient Shubigi Rao of Singapore.
The private, non-profit organisations founded by lawyer and art collector Ryan Su is opening the exhibition – called Unhomed Belongings – to the public for free from 12th January to 24th February 2019 at the historic Stamford Gallery in the National Museum of Singapore. Liu will also make her first trip to Singapore to commemorate the opening.
Lucy Liu and Shubigi Rao: Unhomed Belongings presents artworks by two creative minds with striking overlaps in perspective and subject matter. Liu and Rao share an interest in examining and dissecting cultures, histories, identities and relationships. Both are also drawn to the repurposing of found objects in their art, as these objets trouvés become narrators to their creations and conduits to their expressions. The artistic dialogue between these two kindred spirits will be documented for the first time at the National Museum of Singapore, with the exhibition housed in the Stamford Gallery, the museum's oldest and most historically rich space.
"It is important for The Ryan Foundation to be a platform with an international outlook that encourages diverse cultural exchanges around art. The Singapore art scene is developing, and it is timely to show two artists who happen to be strong women as they navigate themes of identity and growth with such honesty and strength. We connected instantly with Lucy and her art, and knew at once we had to share her powerful work with everyone," said Ryan Su, founding director of The Ryan Foundation.
A key artwork featured in Unhomed Belongings is an installation titled Lost and Found, which consists of discarded objects Liu picks up on her travels, hidden in around 200 hand-made books. Visitors are encouraged to pick up the books and open them, and free to replace them anywhere within the installation. In this way, visitors become participants in a cycle of rediscovery, as the lost objects are given new meaning not only through the narrative that Lucy has created for them within her books, but also through the constant re-ordering of the books themselves.
"Many people know me as an actress, but visual art has always been an equally important part of my life. My work is personal in nature - inspired by my memories and experiences, by shifting notions of security and salvation, and how these experiences and ideas manifest themselves physically in the body. It is exciting to be able to connect with new audiences through all expressions of art, and I am so excited to exhibit my works in Singapore for the first time, presented in conversation with Shubigi Rao, a Singaporean female artist. I would like to thank The Ryan Foundation and the National Museum of Singapore for their incredible efforts in making this possible," said Lucy Liu, featured artist, award-winning actress and director.
Events planned for Unhomed Belongings include an artist talk and an art collectors' roundtable, details of which will be released in due course. The Ryan Foundation and the National Museum of Singapore will also jointly publish a limited edition hardcover catalogue for the landmark exhibition in a print run of 500.
For more information, please visit: www.theryanfoundation.com