Ho Tzu Nyen

Visual artist

Ho Tzu Nyen (born and based in Singapore) works across animation, video, performance and installation. He appropriates and re-casts myths and histories to interrogate the ways in which reality and history are framed.

Much of his work relates to Singapore, a former British colony which is now a multicultural island state. Extending out from Singapore, Ho’s practice has begun to incorporate myths and histories from other cultures in Southeast and East Asia.

“The next stage of my artistic practice is unknown”, he says. “But I’m happy to dive into it with the increased capacities that this prize has made possible”.

Ho represented Singapore at the 54th edition of the Venice Biennale, while he has held solo exhibitions of his work at the Toyota Municipal Museum of Art, Japan (2021), the Yamaguchi Center for Arts and Media, Japan (2021), at the Kunstverein in Hamburg, Germany (2018), at the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain (2015) and at the Mori Art Museum, Tokyo (2012).

A survey exhibition, titled Ho Tzu Nyen: Time & the Tiger and spanning two decades of his work, opened at Singapore Art Museum in 2023. The show will this year tour to the Art Sonje Center in Seoul and the Hessel Museum of Art in New York before travelling to the Contemporary Art Museum of Luxembourg in 2025. He also has a solo show, titled A for Agents, opening at the Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo in April 2024.

“The CHANEL Next Prize has fortified me”, he says. “It has encouraged me to strive harder for the next step”.

T for Time, 2023–ongoing. Commissioned by Singapore Art Museum and Art Sonje Centre with M+, in collaboration with Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo and Sharjah Art Foundation and supported by KOFICE. Courtesy of the artist and Kiang Malingue. Exhibition view at Ho Tzu Nyen: Time & the Tiger at Singapore Art Museum, 2023.​
T for Time: Timepieces, 2023–ongoing. Commissioned by Singapore Art Museum and Art Sonje Centre with M+, in collaboration with Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo and Sharjah Art Foundation. Courtesy of the artist and Kiang Malingue.
Exhibition view at Ho Tzu Nyen: Time & the Tiger at Singapore Art Museum, 2023.​
The Cloud of Unknowing, 2011. Installation view at the Singapore Pavilion, Venice Biennale 2011. Photo by Russell Morton. Courtesy of the artist and Kiang Malingue.​
The Cloud of Unknowing, 2011. Installation view at Singapore Art Museum, 2013.
Photo by Singapore Art Museum. Courtesy of the artist and Kiang Malingue.​
The Cloud of Unknowing, 2011. Collection of Singapore Art Museum. Exhibition view at Ho Tzu Nyen: Time & the Tiger at Singapore Art Museum, 2023.​
Hotel Aporia, 2019. Collection of Singapore Art Museum. Courtesy of the artist and Kiang Malingue. Exhibition view at Ho Tzu Nyen: Time & the Tiger at Singapore Art Museum, 2023.​
CDOSEA (The Critical Dictionary of Southeast Asia), 2017–ongoing. In collaboration with Sebastian Lütgert, Jan Gerber and Bani Haykal. Courtesy of the artist and Kiang Malingue.​
​CDOSEA (The Critical Dictionary of Southeast Asia), 2017–ongoing. Documentation of installation at The Principle of Uncertainty at MMCA Seoul, 2017. Courtesy of the artist.​
Sang Nila Utama (from the Genealogy Series), 2003. Courtesy of the artist and Kiang Malingue.​
One of Several Tigers, 2017. Collection of Singapore Art Museum. Courtesy of the artist and Kiang Malingue.​
EARTH, 2009. Collection of Singapore Art Museum. Courtesy of the artist and Kiang Malingue.
Special thanks to ​Singapore Art Museum.