Collector Talk Series

Join Johnny Quek and Jennifer Lewis as they share the stories behind their admiration for the pioneer artist, and why they started collecting Chen Wen Hsi’s paintings, in the first exhibition that focuses on the artist’s small-scale ink works.

In this talk, the collectors will also be discussing little-known insights into how the late artist chose his subjects as well as the process behind creating the works. Participants of the talk will also get a chance to speak to the collectors and learn more about the motivations behind their collecting.

Date: Saturday, 10 August 2019
Time: 2:00 pm
The Private Museum

About the Exhibition

In celebration of Singapore’s 54th year of independence, The Private Museum (TPM) Singapore is pleased to present Flashes of Brilliance: Selected Works of Chen Wen Hsi from the Collections of Johnny Quek and the Lewis Sisters. As part of our museum’s Collector Series, visitors will be able to view previously unseen works by the late Singaporean pioneer artist, Chen Wen Hsi.

In this special edition, the exhibition brings together two private collections, from Johnny Quek—close friend and long-time patron of Chen—and the Lewis sisters, Jennifer Lewis and Geraldine Lewis-Pereira. The selected works will be accompanied by stories from the collectors as well as rare insights into Chen’s artistic process.

Despite the relatively short history of modern Singapore, little remains today from our yesteryears. However, two things have endured: the size of our island and the brilliance of its pioneer artists. Drawing parallels to our city-state, we will be shining the spotlight on Chen’s small-scale ink works for the first time, unlike past retrospective surveys of the esteemed artist.

We invite viewers to rediscover Chen Wen Hsi through the lens of private collectors and the untold stories behind their collections.