Tang Da Wu exhibition pays tribute to NAFA’s founder

04 August - 08 October 2017
The Ngee Ann Kongsi Galleries 1 & 2, NAFA Campus 1, 80 Bencoolen Street, Singapore 189655

Hak Tai’s Bow, Brother’s Pool and Our Children: Tang Da Wu

Hak Tai’s Bow and Brother’s Pool: 4 August to 4 September 2017
Our Children: 8 September to 8 October 2017
The Ngee Ann Kongsi Galleries 1 & 2
NAFA Campus 1, 80 Bencoolen Street, Singapore 189655
11am - 7pm
Closed on Public Holidays
Free Admission

Exhibition Opening
Friday, 4 August 2017, 6pm
The Ngee Ann Kongsi Galleries 1 & 2

Special Guests:
Dr John Chia, Consultant Oncologist,
OncoCare Cancer Centre, Mount Elizabeth Novena Hospital
Mr Teo Han Wue, Independent Curator
Mr Lim Yew Kuan, Former Principal of NAFA

The Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA) is proud to present “Hak Tai’s Bow, Brother’s Pool and Our Children: Tang Da Wu”, an exhibition double bill by local artist Tang Da Wu. This exhibition brings together several installations inspired by contextual art making through the generations.

The first exhibition will be held from 4 August to 4 September, and is an homage to Lim Hak Tai and Brother Joseph McNally, two of Singapore’s pioneering art principals. Featured at this exhibition are installations such as “Six horses representing the six principles by Lim Hak Tai for art education” and “Hak Tai’s Bow”, which were inspired by Lim, NAFA’s founding principal, whose role as NAFA’s first head is a major milestone in the Academy’s artistic and cultural history.

The second exhibition, “Our Children”, will be held from 8 September to 8 October and is a showcase of works that illustrate Tang’s teaching experiences over the years.

The exhibition will be complemented by a full programme of fringe activities including performances, talks and workshops. These include performances by internationally-renowned performance company Station House da Opera, as well as interactive dialogues, which will be held at a specially-constructed 6-metre scaffolding at the event venue. Also accompanying the exhibition is the fourth instalment of the Institute of Southeast Asian Arts’ (ISEAA) Southeast Asian Art Clinic, which will explore Tang’s art practice against historical and political landscapes. An important inclusion in the event line-up is the Art Teachers’ Seminar, which is inspired by Tang’s advocacy of art teaching as a means of nurturing the future generation, and is aimed at generating discussions on how art can be taught and how art students can be guided through their own practice and future careers.

About the Artist
Born in 1943, Tang is a Singaporean contemporary artist who works in a variety of media and is well-known for his performance and installation art works. He is also the founder of The Artists Village, a contemporary art group in Singapore. Tang often explores social and environmental issues through various narratives in his works, and has participated in numerous community and public art projects.

Exhibition Programmes

Opening Performance
Friday, 4 August 2017, 6pm

Guests are requested to bring small, handheld mirrors. During the opening, the artist will encourage invited guests to participate in a performance as part of the installation.

Art Teachers’ Seminar
Saturday, 12 August 2017, 11am – 1pm

In conjunction with the exhibition, there will be an instalment of an ongoing Art Teachers’ Seminar that has evolved through a series of dialogues since 2000, when the artist first joined the National Institute of Education (NIE). This dialogue will kick off with the sessions to be scheduled by the artist throughout the exhibition.

Exhibition Performance
Saturday, 9 September 2017, 7.30pm – 9.30pm

Station House da Opera will be performing on a specially constructed customised scaffolding at the foyer.

Southeast Asian Art Clinic IV: Tang Da Wu
Wednesday, 13 Sep 2017, 4pm – 6pm

This dialogue session discusses the artist’s practice against historical and political landscapes of his time and the agency of an artist. Student presenters from the School of Art & Design will analyse the artist’s installations through expression, language and form.

There will also be a series of workshops and talks by the artist on how an artist works and thinks. Sessions are to be arranged upon request.

All events are held at The Ngee Ann Kongsi Galleries 1 & 2 except otherwise stated.
Please register your interest with [email protected].

Annex 1 - Selected works and details
Annex 2- Artist’s biography


Tang Da Wu

Brother's pool (麦脑池), 15 rocks, 24 metal panels and light bulbs, 7m across, 2011

Tang Da Wu

One people (一滴水), Metal cup and water, 160cm x 180cm x 155cm, 2017

Tang Da Wu

Hak Tai’s Bow (学大弓), Metal and wood, 500cm x 220cm x 100cm, 2017

Tang Da Wu

Six horses representing the six principles by Lim Hak Tai for art education (六匹骏马,代表林学大对美术教育的六项理念), 6 steel horses with glass panels, Horse: 235cm x 284cm x 90cm, Large glass panel: 243.8cm x 183.5cm x 91.5cm, Small glass panel: 213.3cm x 152.5cm x 91.5 cm, 2017