STATION IV: Singapore

(August 11 – September 11, 2005)

“The Haudenschild Collection is, for me, exemplary of good art collecting practices. It is not only impressive how the Haudenschilds have built up such a significant and focused collection in a short period of time, but the attitude they have adopted in their support of the artists whose work they collect is also exemplary. By exhibiting their collection in Singapore, it was also my intention to draw attention to the way the Haudenschilds go about their collecting activities and raise awareness of the role and responsibilities of collectors.

As the Institute of Contemporary Arts Singapore is committed to showcasing significant trends, as well as the best examples of contemporary art practice, Zooming into Focus was an ideal exhibition for us to organize at the gallery. Not only does it highlight a major trend among contemporary Chinese artists towards the use of video and photography, many of the artists in the exhibition are also internationally renowned, thereby providing audiences in Singapore a rare opportunity to see their works…This exhibition, a major exhibition of contemporary Chinese photography and video, was the first of its kind for Singapore.

This is an important exhibition for highlighting and raising the level of discourse of photography and video in Singapore. Photography and video are still, as yet, relatively new mediums in art practice here. It was therefore useful for artists and the public to see how widely used these media are and also the interesting and innovative ways in which Chinese artists are using them.” -Eugene Tan, Director of the Institute of Contemporary Arts Singapore

Zooming into Focus: Contemporary Chinese Photograph and Video from the Haudenschild Collection

August 11 – September 11, 2005, Institute of Contemporary Arts, Earl Lu Gallery LASALLE College of the Arts, Singapore
Organized by Eugene Tan

About Eugene Tan
Eugene Tan is an art historian, critic and curator. Born in Singapore in 1972, he received a BSc in Economics and Politics from Queen Mary College, London and a MA (Distinction) in Post-War and Contemporary Art from the Sotheby’s Institute, London. He also holds a PhD in Art History from the University of Manchester. Among exhibitions he has curated include Video Invitational at f a Projects, London in 2003, The Last Laugh: Humour and Contemporary Video Art, Painting as Process: Re-evaluating Painting and Jason Salavon: Brainstem Still Life at the Earl Lu Gallery, LASALLE-SIA College of the Arts, Singapore in 2004. He is also the curator for the Singapore Pavilion at the 51st Venice Biennale 2005 and the co-curator of the 1st Singapore Biennale 2006. He has written extensively for many exhibition catalogues as well as publications such as Art Review, Contemporary, Contemporary Visual Arts and Modern Painters. He has been a member of AICA (Association International des Critiques d’ Art) since 1999. He has also been invited to lecture and participate in panel discussions, on various aspects of contemporary art, in Singapore, Spain, Taiwan and United Kingdom. He is currently the director of the Institute of Contemporary Arts, LASALLE College of the Arts.