current Exhibition

Kim Lim: Sculpting Light

13 Jan - 3 Mar

“Space, light and intervals to me are as important as form, structure and volume in the language of sculpture.”

STPI kicks off SAW 2018 with British-Singaporean pioneer sculptor and printmaker Kim Lim, who exploited light and rhythm to extraordinary effect. This marks the first major solo exhibition of the late artist’s exquisite works on paper and sculptures here in Singapore. They span over three decades and reveal her stimulating and bold approach towards both mediums which distinguished her as a true pioneer.

Turning away from convention, Lim viewed paper as a sculptural material, much like stone and wood. She embraced the shaping process of lines eating into the surface in techniques such as intaglio and relief print. Ripples, infinite stalks of grass, tide lines, undulating currents… Like her arduously hand-carved sculptures, the finely calculated lines in her print works are endlessly evocative, hinting at the sensuous patterns found in nature.

Widely admired by fellow artists and critics alike, Lim drew inspiration from her extensive travels in Asia, from sources as diverse as Khmer temples and Japanese gardens, to early Chinese art. The compelling simplicity and symmetry of her œuvres capture the paradox of stillness and continuous motion. As a seamless body of work, they transcend the disciplines of sculpture and paper to invoke a moving experience – one of luminosity, pulse, and weightlessness.

“Kim Lim is working at the point of a confluence of Eastern and Western modes of thought and practice that is of the profoundest importance for the art of our time. She deserves recognition as one of our finest sculptors.” – Art Monthly, 1986

Sophisticated, methodical, and ultimately unforgettable, the timeless aesthetic of Lim’s works sets her apart from her contemporaries. She was a pivotal figure who forged new narratives for Singapore contemporary art in the international art arena.

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Twice, Kim Lim, 1966. Image courtesy of the Estate of Kim Lim

upcoming Exhibition

Dinh Q. Lê: Monuments & Memorials

17 March - 12 May

Join us to celebrate the first major solo exhibition from Internationally acclaimed, multiple award-winning artist Dinh Q. Lê in Singapore. Born in Vietnam, his family immigrated to the US at the age of ten to escape the Khmer Rouge.

At STPI, Lê revisits this historical event to create stunning photo-montages where he weaves photographic strips into a tapestry of images, a continuation of his artistic practice in the medium of print and paper. From elaborate cyanotypes to exquisite foiling works, Lê examines and captures the splendour and darkness of Cambodian history through its enduring legacy of architectural monuments and photographic memorials. His works encapsulate the common human experience of loss and redemption, merging Eastern and Western cultures, as well as personal and fictional realities.