The Life and Works of Kim Lim:
With Adele Tan (Senior Curator at National Gallery Singapore)
In this session of our Deep Dive series with Adele Tan (Senior Curator, National Gallery Singapore), we delve into the life and works of Singapore-born British sculptor and printmaker Kim Lim (1936-1997), whose practice is receiving renewed attention in both the UK and Asia.
Using works in the collection of the National Gallery Singapore, Tan will discuss how different phases of the artist’s career and cultural influences can be read with and against the collecting approaches, presentational trajectories and strategies of the museum, which is now seeking to navigate pressures for new modes of decoloniality and positioning.
Adele TanSenior Curator, National Gallery Singapore
Adele Tan received her PhD in art history from The Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London and is currently Senior Curator at National Gallery Singapore. Her research focuses on modern and contemporary art in Southeast Asia and China. Her recent projects include the exhibition Awakenings: Art in Society in Asia, 1960s to 1990s, the 2019 annual Ng Teng Fong Roof Garden Commission with the artist Charles Lim Yi Yong, and OUTBOUND, a series of large-scale, site-specific artwork commissions at the Gallery. She also lectures in the Art History minor programme at the National University of Singapore. She has just completed a small monographic exhibition on the artist Lin Hsin Hsin and will be working on upcoming exhibitions for the artists Kim Lim and Teo Eng Seng.
Exhibitions she worked on at the Gallery include Between Declarations and Dreams: Art of Southeast Asia since the 19th century (2015); A Fact Has No Appearance: Art beyond the Object (2016); and Yayoi Kusama: Life is the Heart of a Rainbow (2017). She was also part of the curatorial panel for the 4th Singapore International Photography Festival.
The former Assistant Editor at the British art journal – Third Text – her articles have appeared in publications such as PAJ, Broadsheet, Yishu, Eyeline and Third Text, among others. She participated in the Global Art and the Museums fellowship programme at ZKM, Karlsruhe; SYNAPSE: The International Curators’ Network at Haus der Kulturen de Welt, Berlin; the inaugural Tate Intensive programme in 2016; and was a jury member of the 2017 Hugo Boss Asia Art Award for Emerging Asian Artists. She was also part of the curatorial team for the inaugural Bangkok Art Biennale in 2018.