The Gift - Goethe-Institut

The Gift

Visual for the Exhibition "The Gift"
Ho Tzu Nyen (detail)

Fri, 20.08.2021 -
Sun, 07.11.2021

National Gallery Singapore

1 St Andrew's Rd
178957 Singapore


National Gallery Singapore


Presented by the Singapore Art Museum. Curated by June Yap with Anna-Catharina Gebbers, Grace Samboh, Gridthiya Gaweewong

But I couldn’t erase the memory of this stranger from my heart, the image of a man who has never compromised himself in spite of innumerable difficulties with a pair of fierce eyes.

Nam June Paik, Beuys Vox 1961-1986, Seoul: Won Gallery, 1986, p.11

Written by Nam June Paik for the occasion of the 1988 exhibition for his friend, Joseph Beuys, whilst reflecting upon their first meeting in 1961, this powerful feeling of having been so deeply moved by another sets the stage for The Gift, an exhibition on the nature of relations, affinities and influences. 

The act of gifting—this gesture of giving and return—is simultaneously quotidian yet ambivalent, and has been the source of fascination and debate: in the study of its bestowal, return, and even its impossibility. 

As an exhibition, The Gift explores the tangible and intangible in the offer, of encounter and interrelation, which is at once an embodiment of expansiveness of spirit as much as it is also an obligation to another.