Imprints of the Past: Remembering the 1966 Woodcut Show (2006)

One year after Singapore’s Independence in 1966, 6 artists presented a major exhibition at the National Library featuring their woodcut works. The artists were Lim Yew Kuan, Tan Tee Chie, Foo Chee San, Choo Keng Kwang, the late Mr. Foo Chee San and the late Mr. See Cheen Tee, all outstanding artists and who were connected to the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts. Along with three other co-curators – Lim Cheng Tju, Koh Nguang How and Foo Kwee Horng, we planned a sort of retrospective exhibition featuring all six artists’ woodcut works, and invited the same guest-of-honour – then Minister for Culture, Mr. Lee Khoon Choy - who opened the show in 1966 to inaugurate it 40 years later, but at the new National Library building. A collaborative work “Seascape” was reprinted as the showpiece of the exhibition, which co-incided with but was not part of the Singapore Biennale occurring at the same time.