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Featuring selected artworks from FRAC
National Museum of Singapore presents What is not visible is not invisible featuring selected artworks from Fonds régional d'art contemporain (FRAC). These 34 artworks by 32 international and French artists - specially selected from FRAC's massive collection of 26,000 works - make thier debut for the first time in Asia Pacific.

Angelita Teo, Iman Ismail, Laurence Gateau, Anne-Claire Duprat, FRAC, Platform France contemporary art, contemporary art, Jack Lang, National Museum of Singapore, what is visible is not invisible
Media preview of What is Visible is Not Invisible. Left: Angelita Teo (Director, National Museum of Singapore), Anne-Claire Duprat (General Secretary, Platform), Laurence Gateau (Director, FRAC des Pays de la Loire), Iman Ismail (Assistant Curator, National Museum of Singapore)

The exhibition is curated in collaboration with Platform, the network of FRACs. It is held in parallel with Singapore Biennale 2016.

Here are the highlights of the show:

Julien Discrit, What is invisible is not invisible, FRAC, National Museum of Singapore, Contemporary Art, Platform FRAC, Iman Ismail, Angelita Teo
What is not visible is not invisible, 2008. Julien Discrit (Photo Frac Lorraine © Galerie Martine Aboucaya, Paris)


What is not visible is not invisible, 2008. Julien Discrit
At first, the wall panel appears to be blank. When a visitor passes by the art installation, it will activate the infrared lamp and the sentence will appear on the panel. Through this work, the French artist emphasises the fact one shall attempt paradoxically to make it visible in order to express the invisible. Since 2008, this public art had travelled to many cities in his native country. It is the first time this artwork travelled overseas.

Julien Discrit, Joana Djoeis Wen, Joana D Wen, What is invisible is not invisible, FRAC, National Museum of Singapore, Contemporary Art, Platform FRAC, Iman Ismail, Angelita Teo
Julien Discrit whose artwork became an inspiration of this exhibition's title "What is not visible is not invisible"


Les oiseaux de Céleste, 2008. Ariane Michel et Céleste Boursier-Mougenot
This 8-minute video directed by Ariane Michel depicts the installation From Here to Ear by Céleste Boursier-Mougenot. It features songbirds and electric guitars.

What is invisible is not invisible, FRAC, National Museum of Singapore, Contemporary Art, Platform FRAC
Les oiseaux de Céleste, 2008. Ariane Michel et Céleste Boursier-Mougenot - Collection FRAC Franche-Comté - ©Ariane Michel et Céleste Boursier


Blue Sail, 1965. Hans Haacke
This renowned artist's work in a form of a flowing chiffon represents an experiential conversation between human, nature and material. To Haacke, this installation is similar to a traditional sculpture.

What is invisible is not invisible, FRAC, National Museum of Singapore, Contemporary Art, Platform FRAC
Blue Sail, 1965. Hans Haacke - Collection FRAC Nord-Pas de Calais - Photo courtesy of National Museum of Singapore, NHB


Work n°262, Half the Air in a Given Space, 2001. Martin Creed
This artwork created by British multimedia artist Martin Creed offers visitors an opportunity to experience the work from within while it also challenges them that the location of art could be everywhere, between physical experience and sculptural construct. The artist is well known for his Work No 227: The lights going on and off, which won him a Turner Prize.

What is invisible is not invisible, FRAC, National Museum of Singapore, Contemporary Art, Platform FRAC
Work n°262, 2001. Martin Creed - Collection of FRAC Languedoc Roussillon -Photo courtesy of National Museum of Singapore, NHB


Plus de lumière, 1998. Claude Levêque
This circular assembly of light bulbs gracing an entire wall represent the artist's experiences between hardness and tenderness, joy and disappointment, reality and dreams, and light and shadow.

What is invisible is not invisible, FRAC, National Museum of Singapore, Contemporary Art, Platform FRAC
Plus de lumière, 1998. Claude Levêque - Collection FRAC Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur - Photo courtesy of NMS, NHB


Art aficionados would be thrilled to see You and I, Horizontal by Anthony McCall, a pioneer contemporary artist. Apart from this, there are a number of video installations as well. Look out also for two artworks installed outside the gallery.

You will not want to give this exhibition a miss if you are into contemporary art!
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Why? It is the debut of FRAC collections in Asia Pacific
When: 7 October 2016 - 19 February 2017 10am-7pm except Thursdays 1pm-7pm
Phone: 6332 3659
Where: National Museum of Singapore, 93 Stamford Road, Singapore 178897
Cost: Concession (Student or Senior above 60 years old): $4; Standard: $8, Citizen/PR: free
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