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To Have and Not to Hold – A Solo Exhibition By Henry Lee


Tue Oct 22 2019, 11:30am–6:30pm
Wed Oct 23 2019, 11:30am–6:30pm
Thu Oct 24 2019, 11:30am–6:30pm
Fri Oct 25 2019, 11:30am–6:30pm
Sat Oct 26 2019, 11:30am–6:30pm

Where: Mulan Gallery, 36 Armenian Street #01–07, City Hall, Singapore

Restrictions: All ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free


Listed by: Mulan Singapore

Mulan Gallery presents To Have And Not To Hold, a solo exhibition featuring a series of charcoal and acrylic works by Singapore artist Henry Lee.

To Have And Not To Hold comprises a series of works which adapts still-life studies as a narrative form to examine the intimate relationships people have with cherished objects. Through examining various objects found in different parts of the HDB apartment in which he has lived in for more than three decades, Henry enacts imaginary dialogues between the objects to reflect different facets and stages of his life. Through these works, Henry invites the audience to draw upon their memories of home and reflect upon the things that were instrumental in shaping who they are.

The title of the show, which is a wordplay on Madonna's titular song, To Have And Not To Hold, makes a poignant observation that much of what we truly cherish in life come in intangible forms. The sense of home and of belonging, our self-identity, our memories and the relationships we build over time are all things that we cherish but cannot be held physically.