NUS Museum Exhibitions
Ng Eng Teng: 1+1=1
Ng Eng Teng Gallery, NUS Museum
This exhibition takes, as its point of departure, the "geometric" series 1+1=1 produced by artist Ng Eng Teng as a means to re-read the artist's practice. 1+1=1 has not received, as yet, critical attention in the existing literature, with past efforts by art historians and curators focused on a reading of Ng's practice through the changing figure or figurations of the body. Presented with excerpts from a conversation between the artist Ng Eng Teng and art historian Constance Sheares, this exhibition is an attempt to prompt a reading of Ng Eng Teng through the motifs of spacing, difference and one-ness.
About the artist
Ng Eng Teng (b. 1934) was an artist who worked across the various disciplines of painting, drawing, sculpture and ceramics. First trained at the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA), he went on to further his art education in the United Kingdom, between 1962 and 1964. He returned to Singapore, post-independence, in 1966 to set up his artist studio and was actively practising as an artist until his eventual passing in 2001. His works have been exhibited internationally in Australia, Japan, Singapore, Thailand, and United Kingdom. His last work, The Last Masterpiece, is completed posthumously and is presented in this exhibition.
About the collection
The Ng Eng Teng Collection at the NUS Museum consists of over 1,100 objects donated by the artist to the university, between 1997 and 2001. It remains, at present, the most comprehensive collection devoted to a single artist in Singapore.
[Image Credit: Ng Eng Teng, untitled sketch, date unknown.]