Time Present:
International Photography from the Deutsche Bank Collection Touring Asia

The spectrum ranges from classics such as Bernd and Hilla Becher, Hiroshi Sugimoto, and Jeff Wall to current art photography from the Middle East, Africa, and China: On October 3, 2014, Time Present, the first exhibition from the Deutsche Bank Collection that shows a panorama of international photography form the early 1970s up to the present day, opens at the Singapore Art Museum (SAM). With more than 70 works, Time Present illustrates the transformation photography has undergone in contemporary art since the 1970s. The exhibition examines various formal, conceptual, and performative approaches photographers have taken to expand the artistic medium. On view are works that investigate the relationship between photography and time in myriad ways. In different sections, the show brings together works from four decades that document the development of the collection and at the same time touch on fundamental issues of photography.
Time Present illustrates how the focus of the Deutsche Bank Collection has widened since the late 1990s from German photographers, including Andreas Gursky, Candida Höfer, and Thomas Ruff, to photo artists from Eastern Europe, Asia, Africa, and South America. In addition to proponents of the Düsseldorf School, artists such as Gerhard Richter and Sigmar Polke, as well as U.S. photographers like Philip-Lorca di Corcia, positions that are devoted to migration, technological change, feminism, and urbanity comprise a focal point of the show. They are joined by women artists such as Dayanita Singh (India), Yto Barrada (Morocco), and Cao Fei (China).

Time Present opens at SAM within the framework of the Singapore International Photography Festival 2014. At the same time, the museum is presenting an exhibition of contemporary Southeast Asian photography from its own collection and Japanese photographic art from 1945 to the present day from the collection of the Yokohama Museum of ArtTime Present will be on show here until mid-January 2015, whereupon it will travel to Mumbai, Tokyo, and Seoul.    

Time Present  
Contemporary Photography from the Deutsche Bank Collection
October 3, 2014 – February 8, 2015
Singapore Art Museum