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Lim Tze Peng
自嘲 - 鲁迅 - Self-Mockery by Lu Xun , 2012

Ink on Paper
67 x 135cm


Lim Tze Peng writes the characters of 自嘲 or Self Mockery by Lu Xun - a Chinese classical poet. The full text reads: 运交华盖欲何求,未敢翻身已碰头。破帽遮颜过闹市,漏船载酒泛中流。横眉冷对千夫指,俯首甘为孺子牛。躲进小楼成一统,管他冬夏与春秋。 Translated, it means: Upon meeting with bad luck, how can one be capable of requesting for happiness; lying in bed one doesn't even dare to turn, yet still gets a knock on the head. Pulling a damaged hat low over the face in the streets in fear of being recognised lest calamity befall me - it is similar to being on a sinking boat carrying liquor, heart spinning on the water with no means of escaping the bad luck. Facing the insults and curses of masses, I furrow my brow and continue on my own way. Yet facing children, I would rather be like an old ox - delighted to let them lead me at their bidding. Hiding in my small house for respite, I become my own unified whole - writing what I desire without a care in the world, ignorant even of the passing of the seasons.

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  • +Artist Bio

    Born in Singapore in 1921, Lim Tze Peng is one of Singapore’s most significant artists and a living legend. Renowned for his Chinese ink creations of post-independence Singapore, he also practices Chinese calligraphy. Alongside local and international exhibitions, his masterpieces are exhibited in prominent Singapore institutions and part of many prestigious collections. Lim has been bestowed several awards including the Special Prize at the Commonwealth Art Exhibition in England in 1977 and the prestigious Cultural Medallion in Singapore in 2003. In May 2012, he broke records with the sale of his works at a Christies auction in Hong Kong.
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  • +Exhibitions

    Portrait of the Heart -  心象, Ode to Art, Singapore

    Evening Climb: The Later Style of Lim Tze Peng, National University of Singapore Museum, Singapore.

    Solo Exhibition, Impressions, Ode to Art, Singapore

    Solo Exhibition 攀登 The Journey, Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay 

    Black and White, Ode to Art Gallery, Singapore 
    Tze Peng in Bali, Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, Singapore 

    My Kampong, My Home, Singapore Management University Gallery, Singapore 

    Inroads:The Ink Journey of Lim Tze Peng, National Art Museum of China, Beijing, 
    China Inroads:The Ink Journey of Lim Tze Peng, Liu Haisu Art Museum, Shanghai, China 

    Inaugural Exhibition, NTU Art and Heritage Gallery, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore 
    Inroads: Lim Tze Peng's New Ink Work, Art Retreat Museum, Singapore 

    Lim Tze Peng: Singapore River Memory, Cape of Good Hope Gallery, Singapore 2006 
    Tze Peng in Paris, Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, Singapore 
    Infinite Gestures-Recent Paintings by Lim Tze Peng, Singapore Tyler Print Institute,Singapore

    Tze Peng,Singapore Art Museum, Singapore

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