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23/03/2022, 17:50 Documenthttps://biblioasia.nlb.gov.sg/vol-15/issue-2/jul-sep-2019/contemporary-art 1/20HOME / JUL-SEP 2019 / GROUNDBREAKING: THE ORIGINS OF CONTEMPORARGroundbreaking: TheOrigins of ContemporaryArt in Singapore31 JUL 20191988 has been held as the watershed year in whichSingapore’s contemporary art took root with theestablishment of The Artists Village. Jeffrey Say debunksthis view, asserting that the contemporary art movementbegan earlier.23/03/2022, 17:50 Documenthttps://biblioasia.nlb.gov.sg/vol-15/issue-2/jul-sep-2019/contemporary-art 2/20A wooden box made by young artists – Tang Mun Kit, Baet Yeok Kuan, Lim Poh Teck andChng Chin Kang – being pushed from the former St Joseph’s Institution to Marina Square forthe More Than 4 event staged as part of the 1988 Arts Festival Fringe. Courtesy of KohNguang How“[T]he emergence of the Singapore artist collective The Artists Village1arguably marks the beginning of contemporary art in Singapore.”2This assertion by curator and ...