Highlights from the DaimlerArt Collection will be showcased at the Singapore Art Museum (SAM) as part of its world tour. The art works of the exhibition were selected in close collaboration with the SAM. They were created between the 1920’s and the present, and represent such artists as Andy Warhol, Willi Baumeister, Josef Albers, Oskar Schlemmer, Nam June Paik, Sylvie Fleury, John M Armleder and other young artists from South Africa, Asia and Australia.
The show offers a rich opportunity to engage with ideas and works from the Bauhaus, concrete and constructivist art, minimalism in Europe and America, as well as international contemporary photography, video and object art. There is also a section looking at the history of the ‘readymade’ and car enthusiasts will enjoy a special segment featuring car-related artworks commissioned from Andy Warhol, Robert Longo and others.
The exhibition title reflects the hopes and aspirations behind many of the modern art movements of the 20th century—that despite differences in their formulations, styles and forms, they often shared a certain optimism, even impatience, about the future. Hopeful that the next day brings better things, at times they simply asked, “Is it tomorrow yet?”
The exhibition is divided into six sections, extending over the museum galleries on the first and second floor. The sections are: European Roots: The Bauhaus, Concrete Art & Constructivism; European and American Minimalism (1945–1970s) & European Neo Geo Artists (1980s–90s); The Car-Related Commissioned Works; The European Zero Movement (1960s); The ‘Readymade’ in Contemporary Western Art, and Towards Tomorrow: The Contemporary Works in the Collection.
A key component of the exhibition is a comprehensive educational program for school and college students, which had been developed in close collaboration with the education department of the SAM.