The "Assemblage: Reflections on ASEAN" was a modern and contemporary art exhibition co-organised by the ASEAN Secretariat and ASEAN Foundation in partnership with Art Agenda S.E.A., DayaLima, and UOB Indonesia to mark ASEAN’s golden jubilee in 2017
The exhibition showcased more than 20 significant artworks, comprised of paintings on loan from prestigious private collections in the region and from the collection of the ASEAN Secretariat, and specially commissioned assemblage sculptures from the emerging Indonesian contemporary artist, Hendra Priyadhani.
The exhibition opened with the juxtaposition of two large paintings both painted in 1962; the first by Indonesian artist Amrus Natalsya, the second by Filipino artist Vicente Silva Manansala. These two panoramic format paintings express two different perspectives on Southeast Asia’s history: whereas Natalsya' work illustrates the past, the reality of society and human needs, Manansala's work illustrates a vision of the future, driven by industry and technology.
“The ASEAN Secretariat is extremely honoured to co-present this inaugural exhibition with such esteemed partners and important artworks representative of ASEAN. We look forward to bringing the ASEAN community closer through this initiative.”
Lee Yoong Yoong
Director, Community Affairs Directorate, Community and Corporate Affairs Division, ASEAN Secretariat