Must See - Classic Contemporary at 8QSAM

The under-reported temporary exhibition of SAM's private collection of Southeast Asian contemporary art is a must visit for anybody who wants to learn more about that region's art scenes. There is the fab series Souvenir from Indonesia (Photo) from Indonesian artist Agus Suwage, showing his trademark image of himsefl paired with iconic items and symbols associated with Indonesia's history and culture. I also love Living Fossils by Vietnamese artist Vuong Van Thao, a replica of 36 buildings in Hanoi 'fossilized' in cracked resin blocks. Beautiful and very effective in its commentary of the fast disappearing historic homes of old Hanoi. This show is on until May 2, don't miss it.

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