Two houses: Politics and histories in the contemporary art collections of John Chia and Yeap Lam Yang
Institute of Contemporary Arts Singapore, LASALLE College of the Arts
Until 10 October 2018
FX Harsono and eX de Medici are included in Two houses, a presentation of two significant private collections at the ICA Singapore.
John Chia and Yeap Lam Yang have assembled significant collections of contemporary art over 20 and 30 years respectively. The catalyst for Two houses was the companionable relationship between the younger Dr Chia and his friend and mentor, Mr Yeap. Both belong to a new group of art collectors in Southeast Asia whose partnerships have enlarged the reach of contemporary artists’ practices beyond the independent studio and gallery and helped foster alternative art-historical narratives.
Two houses explores themes of civic life—social justice, labour politics, human rights and nationhood—through 40 works or groups of works made by 35 artists between 1986 and 2018.