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'Unhomed Belongings': Actress Lucy Liu presents her first major art exhibition at the National Museum of Singapore

'Unhomed Belongings': Actress Lucy Liu presents her first major art exhibition at the National Museum of Singapore

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Text: Aravin Sandran


Actress Lucy Liu might be best known for her butt-kicking roles in Charlie's Angels (2000) and Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003), but this week, she will be the talk of the town with the opening of her first major art exhibition 'Unhomed Belongings' alongside Singaporean artist and writer Shubigi Rao at the National Museum of Singapore.

Co-organised by The Ryan Foundation led by prominent lawyer and art collector Ryan Su, the exhibition headlines Singapore Art Week 2019 and will mark the actress's first visit to Singapore. Though they have not met in person before, there are slight artistic parallels between the Hollywood actress and local creative. Rao's decade-long film, publication and visual art project 'Pulp: A Short Biography of the Banished' about the history of book destruction echoes Liu's Lost and Found, which consists of discarded objects that Liu has picked up on her travels, hidden in around 200 handmade books. Visitors are encouraged to pick up the books and open them, and free to replace them anywhere within the installation.

"Many people know me as an actress, but visual art has always been an equally important part of my life. My work is personal in nature inspired by my memories and experiences, by shifting notions of security and salvation, and how these experiences and ideas manifest themselves physically in the body. It is exciting to be able to connect with new audiences through all expressions of art, and I am so excited to exhibit my works in Singapore for the first time, presented in conversation with Shubigi Rao, a Singaporean female artist. I would like to thank The Ryan Foundation and the National Museum of Singapore for their incredible efforts in making this possible," said Liu.

'Lucy Liu and Shubigi Rao: Unhomed Belongings' is on view from 12 January to 24 February 2019 at the National Museum of Singapore.

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