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Suddenly Turning Visible: Art and Architecture in Southeast Asia (1969–1989)

Collateral Event

Suddenly Turning Visible: Art and Architecture in Southeast Asia (1969–1989)

10 February – 15 March 2020

Sat to Thu, 10am–7pm
Fri, 10am-9pm

Free admission for the month of March


In 1981, the Filipino artist and curator Raymundo Albano adopted the expression ‘Suddenly Turning Visible’ to describe the rapid transformation of Manila’s urban landscape. The visibility that Albano was evoking was an aspirational one as the Philippines, along with other cities across Southeast Asia, had embarked on their most ambitious infrastructural projects yet. The driving force was the logic of developmentalism—a desire for rapid economic growth in which art had a critical role. Artists and architects advanced varying perspectives towards this new vision. This new art would freely reinvent international movements such as abstraction as well as folk traditions rooted across Southeast Asia. This exhibition traces this story through three influential art institutions: The Cultural Centre of the Philippines (est. 1969, Manila), the Alpha Gallery (est. 1971, Singapore) and the BhirasriInstitute of Modern Art (est. 1974, Bangkok). Presenting artworks from the period alongside archives, restagings of performances and newly commissioned works, Suddenly Turning Visible: Art and Architecture in Southeast Asia 1969 – 1989 illuminates the lesser-known links between architecture, modern art and the role of institutions in Southeast Asia.

About Singapore Biennale 2019 Collateral Events
Explore Singapore’s diverse art scene through art exhibitions and programmes taking place concurrently with Singapore Biennale 2019.