20 August - 7 November
The Gift is the latest exhibition by the Singapore Art Museum which focuses on the act of gifting. In the process, the object embodies a relationship or even obligation to another as well as interwoven histories of the giver and receiver.
Presenting artworks and historical materials from the collections of SAM and partner institutions such as Galerie Nasional Indonesia, MAIIAM Contemporary Art Museum, and Nationalgalerie – Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, The Gift invites visitors to consider a multi-dimensional view of artworks and materials from across geographies and their relation to one another. The Gift also investigates the nature of exchanges – of their gesture, value, expectations and reciprocation – and how the status and interpretation of exchange may also change over time.
The Gift is presented as part of Collecting Entanglements and Embodied Histories, a dialogue between the collections of SAM, Galeri Nasional Indonesia, MAIIAM Contemporary Art Museum, and Nationalgalerie – Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, initiated by the Goethe-Institut. The exhibitions are curated by June Yap, Grace Samboh, Gridthiya Gaweewong and Anna-Catharina Gebbers. It is now on at The Ngee Ann Kongsi Concourse Gallery of the National Gallery.