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SUNSHOWER: Celebrating Southeast Asian Art

A new Tokyo exhibition “SUNSHOWER: Contemporary Art from Southeast Asia 1980s to Now” celebrates three decades of art in the region and features 11 Malaysian artists.

Jul 03, 2017 | By Shermian Lim

Auspiciously, as the ASEAN celebrates its 50th year of existence, an ambitious art exhibition has launched to highlight the region’s diversity. Entitled “SUNSHOWER: Contemporary Art from Southeast Asia 1980s to Now”, the exhibition is hosted by the National Art Center and the Mori Art Museum, located in Roppongi, Tokyo’s art-forward neighbourhood.

“SUNSHOWER” is a culmination of field work spanning two years by a curating team of 14. Hundreds of gallery and studio visits, interviews and consultation with experts were conducted to select 180 pieces from 86 multi-generational artists. Eleven are Malaysians, including notable names like photomedia creator and film producer Yee I-Lann and veteran Wong Hoy Cheong. Visitors can expect to see large-scale installations and interactive pieces address post-colonial democracy, identity and how, despite periods of economic volatility in the region, Southeast Asian art has seen the much needed benefits of prosperity trickle into its scene.

“SUNSHOWER” will be staged simultaneously, from July 5 through October 23, 2017 at the National Art Center and the Mori Art Museum.

 
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