Homecoming: Chen Wen Hsi Exhibition @ Kingsmead
Wandering down Kingsmead in Bukit Timah, you might be fortunate enough to spot a colourful abstract mural on an external wall of a bungalow. The property once belonged to the late Singaporean painter Chen Wen Hsi, who resided at the property from the late 1950s till his death in 1991.
For the last 20 years, the property has belonged to artist Tay Joo Mee and her family, but the $15-million property has recently been sold again. Prior to the house switching hands, a special exhibition will take place from April 12th to May 3rd, with about 20 figurative, abstract and calligraphy paintings in different parts of the house.
WHERE: 5 Kingsmead Road [view on Google Maps]
WHEN: April 12 to May 3, noon to 7.30pm daily
Image Source: Gavin Foo – Straits Times
The exhibition, aptly titled ‘Homecoming: Chen Wen Hsi’ is organised by Artcommune Gallery, curated by Mr Johnny Quek, director of Merlin Gallery, and partially funded by National Arts Council. The majority of the works on display will come from Mr Queks personal collection but are not for sale.
Various other artefacts from Chen’s life, such as art books will also be on display to the public.
Commenting on the exhibition Mr Quek said “The public will have the opportunity to be at the artist’s house and, at the same time, see his outstanding artworks. The murals are an important landmark for the house.”