BABA and NYONYA-Reunion
Singapore, 10 March 2015— From 30 March to 29 June 2015, immerse in the kaleidoscopic world of the Peranakan culture as Pan Pacific Singapore collaborates with home-grown artist Tung Yue Nang to present BABA & NONYA—Reunion, an eclectic collection of superrealistic mixed medium paintings reflecting the artist’s fascination and respect for the colourful and rich history of a culture unique to the Malay Archipelago.
Intrigued by its strong Chinese roots and adaptability to incorporate elements of the Malay lifestyle, Tung embarked on his exploration of the Straits Chinese culture through his artwork in the early 1990s. Using his signature technique of Photo-Realism, he expresses concepts such as Happiness, Love, Health, Wisdom and Longevity, presenting them on elongated Chinese scrolls to be appreciated alone or in multiple panels.
Tung paints iconic Peranakan objects such as plates, kerosang (brooch), kasok manek (slipper) and combs against lively reds, refreshing emeralds and lime greens, vibrant pinks and aquamarine blues reminiscent of Peranakan textiles and ceramics as expressions of beauty and pride. Often adding Chinese characters symbolising luck and longevity in different calligraphic forms to the pieces, Tung illustrates the rich heritage behind the culture while showcasing his flair in the Chinese writing form.
Tung was born in Singapore in 1959, and learned the traditional art of Chinese painting and calligraphy under the tutelage of renowned artist Shi Xiang Tuo at 15 years old. As a strong advocate and practitioner of Lao-Tzu’s philosophy of Tao Te Ching, he represents the ideals of Yin and Yang in his artwork to showcase tranquillity and the balance of life. Tung’s masterpieces are marked by his exceptional use of vibrant colours, with a strong penchant for the use of red to depict the goodness of life. Also taken with Western modernist art, he strives to combine Western art concepts and media with Chinese techniques in his works. Often stimulated by his surroundings, Tung continues to travel widely to exhibit his works and search for new sources of inspiration and nourishment for his journey in life and art.
Name of Exhibition: Baba & Nonya—Reunion
Artist: Tung Yue Nang
Date: 30 March to 29 June 2015
Opening Hours: Open throughout the day
Venue: Public Art Space at Pan Pacific Singapore
Address: 7 Raffles Boulevard, Singapore 039595
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About Pan Pacific Singapore
Located in the heart of Marina Bay with easy access to world-class shopping, Suntec Singapore International Convention and Exhibition Centre and the Central Business District, Pan Pacific Singapore offers 790 contemporary rooms and suites that are ideal for business or leisure. Savour epicurean delights at our award-winning restaurants and bar or rejuvenate at our swimming pool and spa. Pan Pacific Singapore is proud to be named Asia’s Leading Business Hotel by the World Travel Awards from 2006 to 2012, World’s Leading Business Hotel by the World Travel Awards from 2007 to 2010 and 2012, and World’s Leading City Hotel by the World Travel Awards in 2011. The hotel was also a recent winner in “2013 World’s Best Business Hotels” by Travel & Leisure Magazine Readers, Tripadvisor’s 2013 Traveller’s Choice Awards and Certificate of Excellence Awards.
About Pan Pacific Hotels and Resorts
Pan Pacific Hotels and Resorts comprises 21 premium hotels, resorts and serviced suites (including those under development) in 11 countries across Asia, North America and Oceania. The “Pan Pacific” brand provides refreshing Pacific experiences inspired by an invigorating blend of its Pacific Rim locations. It is focused on enriching experiences that draw on a diversity of landscapes and cultures; and relevant choices that convey freedom and individuality. Pan Pacific Hotels and Resorts has been recognised by Condé Nast Traveller magazine as one of the 25 hotel companies demonstrating social responsibility and has won esteemed accolades such as World Travel Awards, AAA Four Diamond Award, Condé Nast Gold List and Readers Choice Awards. For more information, visit panpacific.com.
About Public Art Space
Public Art Space, 220 square metres of dedicated space on level two of the hotel overlooking The Atrium, is dedicated to showcasing collections by international and local artists with regularly rotating exhibitions. The decision to create Public Art Space is based on the hotel’s commitment to the local community; particularly supporting local Arts in the most accessible way possible and making it available for public enjoyment.