Ming Wong "Life of Imitation"

Hara Museum of Contemporary Art (Tokyo)


Ming Wong
The Hara Museum of Contemporary Art is pleased to present Ming Wong: Life of Imitation, an exhibition by the Berlin-based Singaporean artist Ming Wong (b. 1971), which won the Special Jury Mention Award at the 53rd Venice Biennale in 2009. This much lauded installation was restaged by the Singapore Art Museum with a new design and additional exhibits for Singaporean audiences and subsequently traveled the show to Seattle and Tasmania to much acclaim.

To be reconfigured to suit the unique space of the Hara Museum, the exhibition consists of three video installations that reenact scenes inspired by world cinema. These include films by P. Ramlee (1929-73), the father of Malay cinema and entertainment industry icon; Imitation of Life (1959) by Douglas Sirk (1897-1987), known for his Hollywood melodramas; and the Hong Kong film In the Mood for Love (2000) by Wong Kar Wai (1958-). Through the use of miscasting, mimicry and comical elements, Wong draws attention to such issues as race, cultural identity, gender and language.

Also included in the exhibition are billboards by Neo Chon Teck, Singapore’s last cinema billboard painter, cinema memorabilia belonging to Singaporean collector Wong Han Min and images of classic cinema architecture captured by the artist in a series of Polaroid snapshots. In looking back on the Golden Era of Singaporean cinema (of the 1950s and 1960s), these works invite the viewer to ponder Singapore’s multiracial, multilingual, and multicultural nature and the state of people living in a society undergoing rapid globalization.




Close at 20:00 on Wednesday

Venue Hours

11:00 ~ 17:00
Closed on Monday
Open on public holiday Monday but closed on the following day. On a Public Holiday Wednesday, the museum closes at 17:00. Closed during the New Year holidays and in between exhibitions.
FeeAdults ¥1100, University and High School Students ¥700, Junior High and Elementary School Students ¥500.
VenueHara Museum of Contemporary Art (Tokyo)
Location4-7-25 Kita-Shinagawa, Shinagawa-ku, Tokyo 140-0001
Access8 minute walk from Kitashinagawa Station on the Keikyu line, 15 minute walk from the Takanawa exit of JR Shinagawa Station; From JR Shinagawa Station, take the Toei bus and get off at Gotenyama. The venue is 4 minute walk from there.