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— by Stevie Emilia:

A sculpture of a dead rhino without a horn, surrounded by empty drink bottles, offers a clear picture of consumerism’s role in destroying nature.

They Poach the Rhino, Chop Off His Horn and Make This Drink ( 1989 ) by Singaporean artist Tang Da Wu brings together installation, performance and ritualistic elements from traditional Chinese culture.

The installation, originally a performance first staged in 1989, sends loud and clear criticism on the Chinese myth about the medicinal properties of the rhinoceros horn that results in poaching and pushing the species into near extinction.

The Rhino is one of the 142 works on display at “Awakenings: Art in Society in Asia 1960s-1990s” exhibition at the National Gallery Singapore. The traveling exhibition, which is in its final stop in Singapore after shows in Japan and South Korea, runs until Sept. 15…

Image: Huang Yong Ping’s ‘Reptiles,’ courtesy of National Gallery Singapore

July 4, 2019