The exhibition Dapunta Hyang: Transmission
The exhibition Dapunta Hyang: Transmission of Knowledge by multi-disciplinary artist Zai Kuning, commissioned for the Singapore Pavilion for the 57th Venice Biennale in 2017, will be presented by TheatreWorks from 12 April to 13 May 2018. This exhibition is supported by the National Arts Council and the Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth.
The work, which represented Singapore at last year’s Venice Biennale, is a culmination of Zai Kuning’s ongoing body of work that investigates Malay history and culture, through the lesser-known narratives of the orang laut (sea people), mak yong (ancient Malay opera) and its ancient maritime Kingdom. The various presentations of the work over the years – from Singapore, Hong Kong (2015), Paris (2015), and Venice (2017) – have successfully profiled Malay cultural history and Singapore’s relationship to the larger Riau Archipelago on the global stage. In particular, over 165,000 visitors worldwide experienced the exhibition during its successful showing at the Singapore Pavilion at the Venice Biennale from 13 May to 26 November 2017.
“Haunting, mysterious, full of magic and beauty”, as described by commentator Karim Raslan in the South China Morning Post, is Zai’s re-imagined vessel of the Srivijayan Empire – an artistic re-imagination of the voyage of Dapunta Hyang Sri Jayanasa, believed to be the first ruler of the Malay Kingdom in the 7th Century.
For the homecoming of this highly-acclaimed work at 72-13, Singapore audiences will experience a multi-disciplinary exhibition tracing the 17-year journey that Zai Kuning has taken since he first set off in search of the orang laut during a residency at TheatreWorks (Singapore) in 2001.
April 12 (Thursday) 12:00 pm - May 13 (Sunday) 7:00 pm
72-13 Mohamed Sultan Road Singapore 239007