Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts showcases its unique legacies of art making through hybrid exhibition

11 January 2019

As part of the Flagship Genius 80 exhibition, eight structures representing NAFA campuses over the years are overlaid with prints created collectively by NAFA lecturers, alumni and selected students from School of Art & Design.

The Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA) is proud to present the second edition of a hybrid exhibition comprising two its key annual showcases – Flagship Genius and Angkor Wat. Held  in conjunction with NAFA’s Open House, the showcase will run from 11 January to 20 February and provide the public and aspiring artists, a stimulating visual preview of NAFA’s history, artistic vision and contemporary expressions, in this multiple-media exhibition involving over 160 students, outstanding alumni and talents of NAFA.

Flagship Genius 80
Flagship Genius 80 is a mini-presentation of two highlights from Art & Soul: 80 years of the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, a milestone exhibition that celebrated the academy’s 80th anniversary in December 2018. A small selection of works by iconic artists in diverse styles, medium and concepts from NAFA’s Collection reflect on the academy’s evolving art practices through time. Secondly, 80 prints, a collective body of works created by a team of 21 Fine Art printmakers occupy a large scale 8-panel wall installation spanning both galleries, are mounted on the distinctive façades of NAFA’s former and current campuses, a fitting tribute to NAFA’s artistic vision and commitment to 80 years of art education in Singapore

Flagship Genius is in its 7th edition this year, a regular platform for promising and emerging talent across disciplines within NAFA as part of the NAFA Open House.

Angkor Wat III
The history of and mythology located at the famed UNESCO Heritage site of Angkor Wat has been translated into fashion prints, jewellery, games, movements, music compositions by more than 500 NAFA students across disciplines through 3 iterations of the academy-wide interdisciplinary project Angkor Wat I, II & III  from  2017 to 2019.

Despite this being the last instalment of using Angkor Wat as a creative stimulus, this collaboration continues to be integrated into the students’ existing curriculum and modules, expanding academic investigations of conventional disciplines into the realm of Southeast Asian art and art history. As part of the project, the students participated in a series of lectures and traditional Cambodian dance workshops teaching the Apsara dance, robam kuos traloak (Cambodian coconut folk dance) as well as the Hanuman dance.

The 34 physical works presented in this exhibition are a culmination of their imaginative concepts and creations based on the rich tradition and culture encompassing one of the largest and most intriguing cultural monuments in the world. This academy-wide project is jointly managed and nurtured by the Institute of Southeast Asian Arts (ISEAA) and the academic schools in NAFA. Students from the Theatre, Dance and Music programmes will also perform their compositions on the opening night to mark the successful completion of this unique and memorable project.

Exhibition opening
Opening Date: 17 January 2019
Time: 6.30pm
Venue: The Ngee Ann Kongsi Galleries 1 & 2

*There will be a line-up of performances by Theatre (English Drama), Music (Gamelan) and Dance on the opening night.

Annex 1 - Selected artworks and details of Flagship Genius 80
Annex 2 - Selected artworks and details of Angkor Wat III