United Overseas Bank (UOB) has opened a selection of its four-decade-old art collection to the public for the first time. Some eighty paintings by emerging and established Southeast Asian artists are on display at an exhibition curated to provide a visual commentary of the region’s economic and cultural transformation over the last six decades. The exhibition is curated by Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts’ (NAFA) Dr Bridget Tracy Tan and titled The UOB Art Collection: Drawing from our past, framing the future.
The retrospective exhibition is part of the bank’s 80th year anniversary celebrations and weaves the story of Southeast Asia’s transformation through different mediums such as Chinese ink, batik art, oil and watercolour painting. Some of the works on display include paintings by renowned Southeast Asian artists such as Chen Wen Hsi, Georgette Chen, Yusman Aman, Soelardjo and Singapore Cultural Medallion winner Lim Yew Kuan.
“UOB has always believed in the potential of Southeast Asia,” said Wee Ee Cheong, Deputy Chairman and CEO, UOB Group. “It is our home for the last eight decades and it will play an important part in our future. Through this exhibition, we hope visitors will come away appreciating how much Southeast Asia has progressed socially and economically and be inspired to work together in creating possibilities for our future.”
Admission to the exhibition is free and is open to the public from Saturday, 17 October 2015 to Wednesday, 18 November 2015 at NAFA Galleries 1 and 2.