Utopia comes from the Greek words for “good place” and “no place”, coined by writer Thomas More. It envisions an idealised society, one that is based on possibility and hope. It envisions the best of us in a better world. However, this ideal is also phantasmal.
This May 2015, Singapore Art Museum explores utopian principles and our innermost yearnings with After Utopia: Revisiting The Ideal in Asian Contemporary Art.
This exhibition works on the idea of a perfect world, in four prospects – Other Edens, which takes the garden as a symbol of the originary paradise; The City and its Discontents, which locates our aspirations to the ideal in the contemporary structures and environments we inhabit; Legacies Left, which examines on the legacy of ideologies of the past; and The Way Within, which journeys into the realms of self and psyche.
AFTER UTOPIA will be held at SAM (71 Bras Basah Rd) from 30 April 2015 – 18 October 2015. Admission is free for Singaporeans and PRs. Non-Singaporean Visitors can purchase tickets for SGD5 – SGD10.