Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum in collaboration with IDF Singapore, Ode To Art, and the Consulate-General of the Republic of Singapore presents ‘The Spirit of Ink’ by Singapore’s pioneer artist Lim Tze Peng. The exhibition will be on view at the Kamalnayan Bajaj Special Exhibition Gallery, Dr Bhau Daji Lad Museum from 3 August to 15 September 2019.
At 99 years old, Lim Tze Peng is Singapore’s oldest living artist and one of the most respected Chinese calligraphy artists. Despite his age, creating art is ever on Lim’s mind, and he has been passionately producing a series of calligraphy works. ‘The Spirit of Ink’ is the artist Lim Tze Peng’s first ever solo exhibition in India, held at the Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum, Mumbai.
The highlight of the exhibition will be Lim’s 5 new pieces of abstract art calligraphy that he painted over the course of 2018-2019. These large-scale paintings will be displayed in public for the very first time.
From an expansive collection of his works, another 20 specially curated pieces have also been selected to depict Lim’s journey from his roots in traditional Chinese calligraphy to his current more abstract and contemporary works.
This year marks a significant milestone for Singapore, being the 200th anniversary of the founding of modern Singapore by Sir Stamford Raffles. The exhibition is part of an ongoing effort to encourage cultural exchange within South Asia and Southeast Asia, and will be held in conjunction with the Singapore Bicentennial and National Day celebrations this year.
DBS Bank, the principal sponsor of the exhibition, is supporting the work of Lim Tze Peng, one of Singapore’s most accomplished and prolific artists. Surojit Shome, CEO, DBS Bank India, said “As a bank born and brought up in Asia, we see the growing cultural and trade exchanges between Singapore and India as a unique opportunity for both countries to harness each other’s’ strength positively.” Singapore’s leading port operator PSA is also a sponsor of the exhibition, as it lends its support in promoting local talents in international art scene.
Ms. Jazz Chong, owner and director of Ode To Art, said the importance of art stood out for her. "With this year being the 200th anniversary of the founding of Singapore by Sir Stamford Raffles, it is vital for us to reflect on what it means to be Singaporean, the values, the beliefs and the art that bind us. We are proud to bring Singapore's oldest artist, Lim Tze Peng’s artwork to India and host his first exhibition there to strengthen cultural exchange within the Southeast Asia regions.”
“In 2007, Lim Tze Peng held his first solo exhibition in the National Art Museum of China, Beijing; followed by the Liu Haisu Art Museum, Shanghai in the year after. With this upcoming exhibition in India, Mr Lim would have exhibited in three important international art centres in Asia. We are extremely humbled and honoured to work closely with Mr Lim to promote cultural exchange and also increase the exposure of the tiny red dot to the global audience,” Jazz added.