Shi Hu, Untitled, 1997, mixed media on canvas, Collection of Yeap Lam Yang


    An artist, a model, and a collector surround a painted nude. In an instant, a meaningful silence engulfs a passionate encounter. A locked gaze, a trigger pulled: a body collected.

    Collecting Bodies : A short story about art and nudities in Asia gathers stories, histories, and encounters between 26 artists, 31 artworks, and 10 private collections. Presented by The Culture Story and curated by Dr Yanyun Chen, the exhibition considers the intricate and nuanced relationships between the act of representation and the act of collecting. Nudities, in all its plurality, serve as carriers of stories. They ask the artist, the collector, and the viewer: how is the image of a body held; how have we held our bodies in their image, and how have we carried the bodies of others?

    Presented by The Culture Story, the exhibition opens from 10 December 2022 till 14 April 2023. Visits are by-appointment only and interested visitors are required to contact the gallery to make an appointment by emailing admin@theculturestory.co

    Read Dr Yanyun Chen’s curatorial statement and abridged here. The short story written by Dr Yanyun Chen is available on here.


    Participating Collectors

    Lito and Kim Camacho, Cheryl and John Chia, Chong Huai Seng, Jimmy Chua, Linda Neo and Albert Lim, Angie and Ong Yew Huat, Diana and TK Quek, Guy and Henny Scott, Jackson See, Yeap Lam Yang

    Artists’ Names

    Nhek Dim, Cambodia, Gong Lilong, China, Liu Bingjiang, China, Shi Hu, China, Pucuk Cemara, Indonesia, Mangu Putra, Indonesia, Basuki Abdullah, Indonesia, I Gusti Ayu Kadek Murniasih, Indonesia, Hashiguchi Goyō, Japan, Itō Shinsui, Japan, Kitagawa Utamaro, Japan, Tsukioka Yoshitoshi, Japan, Ahmad Zakii Anwar, Malaysia, Bagyi Aung Soe, Myanmar, Leo Abaya, Philippines, Federico Alcuaz, Philippines, Elmer Borlongan, Philippines, Cheong Soo Pieng, Singapore, Vanessa Liem, Singapore, Jimmy Ong, Singapore, Theo Meier, Switzerland, Jian Yi-Hong, Taiwan, Liu Hsin-Ying, Taiwan, Ni Jui Hung, Taiwan, Nguyễn Quốc Dũng, Vietnam, Nguyen Van Cuong, Vietnam


    Exhibition View