Open Menu
Open Menu

Georgette Chen: At home in the world

Discover the compelling story of a key figure in the development of modern art in Singapore, Georgette Chen.

Georgette Chen: At home in the world
calendar icon

Fri, 27 Nov 2020 - Sun, 26 Sep 2021

10:00 AM - 7:00 PM

event icon

National Gallery Singapore

Georgette Chen (1906—1993) is a key figure in the development of modern art in Singapore, widely recognised for her achievements as an artist and contributions as an educator. Born in Zhejiang, China, Chen studied at art academies in Paris and New York, and exhibited her work in annual salon exhibitions as well as solo presentations in Paris, Shanghai, New York, Singapore and Kuala Lumpur.

Much of Chen’s life was marked by local and global conflicts including the Chinese Revolutions of 1911 and 1949, and World War I and II. Throughout these upheavals she strove to remain dedicated to her profession as an artist. In the post-war period, Chen relocated to Malaya, and settled in Singapore in 1953, where she made her name and living as a painter and teacher. Working for almost three decades at the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, she was an active influence in the art community, serving as a mentor to and supporter of other artists.

This exhibition spans two galleries, and starts with Chen’s time in Malaya and Singapore, where she painted her most emblematic works. Declaring Malaya “a paradise for the artist,” Chen revelled in the beauty and variety of the region. The second part of the exhibition explores Chen’s early years, her academic training, and the increasing recognition she gained as a professional artist exhibiting her work around the world. A rare opportunity to encounter the range of Chen’s practice over five decades and three continents, this exhibition critically re-examines her unique contributions to the artistic landscape of her time.

Timeslots

Date

Time

Location

Fri, 27 Nov 2020 - Sun, 26 Sep 2021

10:00 AM - 7:00 PM

National Gallery Singapore


You may like these

Top 10 Reads