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Anatomy of a Free Mind: Tan Swie Hian’s Notebooks and Creations 《解析自由心–陈瑞献稿本与创作》

Published on : 1 Nov 2016


Anatomy of a Free Mind: Tan Swie Hian’s Notebooks and Creations 《解析自由心–陈瑞献稿本与创作》
Level 10, Gallery, National Library Building   
22 November 2016 – 23 April 2017  
Free admission

Lauded as a cultural icon in Singapore and the most expensive living artist in Southeast Asia, Tan Swie Hian’s artistic accomplishments are nothing short of Olympian — his oeuvre encompasses multiple mediums, genres, languages and subject matters. The celebrated multi-disciplinary artist has published 58 works of poetry, prose, stories, songs, criticism, translations and books on his art, held 23 solo shows worldwide, and won numerous accolades locally and internationally. It is not for nothing that Time magazine has proclaimed him as “Singapore’s Renaissance man”.

In collaboration with the artist, the National Library presents “Anatomy of a Free Mind: Tan Swie Hian’s Notebooks and Creations”, an exhibition that features over 100 works of his creations, including paintings, sculptures, calligraphy, seal carvings, photographs, lithographs, multimedia performances as well as his original writings. Accompanied by the artist’s personal notebooks, manuscripts and artefacts that will be displayed alongside the respective artworks, the exhibition will take visitors on a fascinating journey into the mindscape of a creative genius.

国家图书馆大厦10楼展厅 
20161122 – 2017年4月23日 
 入场免费

身为新加坡文化界标志性人物和全东南亚作品拍卖价最高的在世艺术家,陈瑞献的艺术成就是辉煌的:他的作品横跨多种媒介,类别,语言和题材。这位享负盛名的多媒体艺术家出版过58部书籍,包括诗歌,散文,小说,音乐创作,文学评论,翻译作品与艺术著作,他在世界各地举办过23场个展并获颁发多项本地及国际的奖项与殊荣。故此,美国《时代周刊》称他为新加坡的文艺复兴人

 国家图书馆与陈瑞献携手举办《解析自由心:陈瑞献稿本与创作》特展,将呈现100多件作品,包括绘画,雕塑,书法,篆刻,摄影,版画,多媒体表演以及写作。陈瑞献的私人稿本,相关文件与文物也将随艺术作品同时展出,透过展览带领观众进入这位天才艺术家创意无限的思维空间。


Roving Exhibitions: Compassion for Lives: Tan Swie Hian’s Literary Creations

  • Jurong Regional Library: 1 November 2016 – 29 December 2016 
  • Central Public Library: 30 December 2016 – 28 February 2017 

Singapore Cultural Medallion recipient Tan Swie Hian is the top grossing living artist in Southeast Asia who has received numerous accolades both locally and abroad. Although he exhibited impressive artistic talents at a tender age, he was first recognised for his literary creations when he ventured into the arts scene. 

Tan wrote and published prolifically in the 1960s under the pseudonym of “Mu Lingnu”. Before long, he had established a reputation for advocating Modernist literature in the local Chinese literary circle. He once said that his literary works “mostly reflected the dark side of reality; and the sorrows of human destiny”, thus compassion for lives has been a key theme in his writings. To date, the multilingual artist/writer has published close to 40 literary titles. 

As a complement to the Anatomy of a Free Mind: Tan Swie Hian’s Notebooks and Creations exhibition at National Library Building (22 November 2016 – 23 April 2017), this roving exhibition will feature Tan’s literary accomplishments in various genres – poetry, prose, novels, fables, translated works as well as publications edited by him. Visit the above libraries during the specified periods to learn more about Tan Swie Hian’s written works that took the literary world by storm.

《悲悯人生:陈瑞献的文艺创作》巡回展

  • 裕廊区域图书馆: 2016111–20161229
  • 中央公共图书馆: 20161230–2017228

新加坡文化奖得主陈瑞献是东南亚作品拍卖价最高的在世艺术家,他荣获多项本地及国际的奖项与殊荣,享有极高名声。他在年少时便展露非凡的艺术天分,但他刚开始涉足艺术领域时,却是先以文艺创作引起注意的。

1960年代,陈瑞献以笔名牧羚奴发表大量作品,不久后便成了在本地华文文坛提倡现代主义文学的代表人物。他曾经说自己的文学作品多反映现实的阴暗面,以及人类悲苦的命运,因此对芸芸众生怀抱悲悯是他写作的一个主调。至今,他已出版了将近40部文艺著作。

为了配合在国家图书馆大厦举办的解析自由心:陈瑞献稿本与创作特展(20161122日至20174月23日),本巡回展将着重介绍陈瑞献的多种文艺作品,如诗作、散文、小说、寓言、译作以及他所编辑的刊物。欲一览陈瑞献当年在文坛备受瞩目的作品,请于举办期间到上述图书馆参观展览。

For more information, please visit nlb.gov.sg/exhibitions



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