Stealing the Trapeze
or a history of Singapore, told from a sailor`s viewpoint
May 18 – August 20, 2017Exhibition
Founded by a British colonial officer in the early 19th century, the city-state Singapore has always been a hub for migratory flows from Malaysia, India and China and remains a dynamic, constantly-growing
organism (and financial center) to this day. Charles Lim Yi Yong, one of Asia’s best-known artists and former Olympic sailor, dissects the historical layers of this organism using the example of trapeze sailing – a local technique that British sports sailors copied during the colonial period and claimed as their own invention in Europe. At the same time, Lim Yi Yong takes a look at Singapore¹s current reality as a global center that, in the course of land reclamation, continues to expand its territory piece by piece into the sea.
Charles Lim Yi Yong (b. 1973) officially represented Singapore at the 56th Venice Biennale (2015) and participated with the collective tsunamii.net, which he co-founded, in documenta 11 (2002).
Public guided tours every Sunday at 12 noon.