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A Cultural Compass
For the World Traveler
A Cultural Compass
For the World Traveler

Tropical: Stories from Southeast Asia and Latin America

An installation view of “Tropical: Stories from Southeast Asia and Latin America.”

1 St Andrew's Rd, Singapore 178957

“This exhibition is a starting point for imagining how we can broaden the ways we narrate creative processes from around the world,” the journalist Adeline Chia recently wrote in the Financial Times. “Tropical” sets up a dialogue between 20th-century Southeast Asian and Latin American art using over 200 paintings, sculptures, performances, and drawings, as well as interactive installations. Works by 75 individuals, such as Diego Rivera and Patrick Ng, reveal a fight against colonialism, the challenging of racist norms, and, at times, alliances between artists. A clear public enemy is established from the start: Paul Gauguin (the only white person represented), whose paintings are riddled with racist stereotypes that the exhibition debunks. —Jeanne Malle