Exhibition Commemorating the 50th Anniversary of ASEAN SUNSHOWER: Contemporary Art from Southeast Asia 1980s to Now

Simultaneously Held with The National Art Center, Tokyo!

2017.7.5 [Wed] - 10.23 [Mon]

With its total population counting around 600 million, multi-ethnic, multi-lingual, multi-faith Southeast Asia has nurtured a truly dynamic and diverse culture. Contemporary art from the emerging economic powerhouse of Southeast Asia is currently earning widespread international attention. The “sunshower” – rain falling from clear skies – is an intriguing yet frequently-seen meteorological phenomenon in Southeast Asia, and serves as a metaphor for the vicissitudes of the region. This exhibition, the largest-ever in scale, seeks to explore the many practices of contemporary art in Southeast Asia since 1980s from 9 different perspectives. It aims to showcase its inconceivable dynamism of Southeast Asia that is somewhat nostalgic yet extraordinarily new.

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Lee Wen (b.1957) Singapore
Strange Fruit
42 x 59.4 cm (each, set of 12)
Collection of the artist

FX Harsono (b.1949) Indonesia
Voice Without a Voice / Sign
Silkscreen on canvas, wood stool, and stamp
Canvas: 143.5 x 95.5 cm (each, set of 9)
Wood stool: 23 x 38 x 32 cm (each, set of 9)
Collection: Fukuoka Asian Art Museum
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Liew Kung Yu (b.1960) Malaysia
City of Towering Columns (from the series “Proposals for My Country”)
Photo Montage 213 x 575 cm

Notice Regarding Photography in the Galleries

At the exhibition “SUNSHOWER: Contemporary Art from Southeast Asia,” you may photograph the artworks under the following conditions.

When taking permitted photographs:

  • Do NOT touch the works of art.
  • Do NOT interfere with other visitors’ enjoyment of the museum.
  • Do NOT use flash lighting.
  • Do NOT use tripods and selfie sticks.
  • NO FILMING ALLOWED except for some artworks.

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Artist’s name and work title: Jompet Kuswidananto Words and Possible Movement
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