Cover Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong at the “Soul of Ink: Lim Tze Peng at 100” book launch and exhibition. Photo: Ministry of Communications and Information

Singaporean artist Lim Tze Peng will also hold his exhibit, Soul Of Ink: Lim Tze Peng At 100 at The Arts House till June 30

A gallery that aims to celebrate the works of Cultural Medallion artist recipients such as Lim Tze Peng will be opening at The Arts House in a few months.

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong announced this at the opening of Lim's exhibit, Soul Of Ink: Lim Tze Peng At 100, as well as the launch of a book on the artist's life.

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The new exhibit will "showcase their artistic excellence and contributions across various art forms, from the visual and literary arts to music, theatre and dance, that have left an indelible imprint on our cultural landscape," said PM Lee.

The Cultural Medallion is Singapore's highest artistic award. Since it was established in 1979 by the nation's then Minister for Culture Ong Teng Cheong, 128 arts practitioners have received the honour. 

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Both the exhibit and the book are titled Soul Of Ink: Lim Tze Peng At 100 with the book being written by media veteran, Woon Tai Ho. Certainly, Mr Lim's life is interesting, to say the least. The artist, who turns 100 this year, is the country's oldest living pioneer artist. 

The exhibition will feature 20 recently completed ink pieces including abstract calligraphy and colourful ink paintings of Singapore in the early days. 

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"His works were undeniably rooted in Chinese art, from the materials to the style of painting and writing. But the spirit of his art is neither Eastern nor Western. It is Singaporean," PM Lee said.

He continued by saying: "Mr Lim has inspired new generations of local artists, each with their own unique styles, but all distinctively Singaporean. Piece by piece, each new artwork contributes to our collective identity, our sense of national identity and pride".

Mr Lim received the Cultural Medallion in 2003 and then the Meritorious Service Medal in 2016.

At the launch, Mr Lim said in Mandarin, "It is a privilege to have been able to bring honour to Singapore through my art. Time, to me, is more precious than money. I am grateful for what I have been given and I will continue to work hard."

If you would like to visit the exhibition, it will be opened from June 15 to June 30 from 11 am to 6 pm. Don't forget to register before you come down.

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