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Robert Zhao Renhui

The Origin of Invented Species

BY SYLVIA TSAI

Portrait of Robert Zhao Renhui. Courtesy the artist.


ROBERT ZHAO RENHUI, Hiroshi Abe: Winner, 2008/09 Phylliidae Convention, Tokyo, Abe Morosus (Abe, 2006) (detail), 2009, from “The Great Pretenders” series, archival pigment print, 121 X 84 cm. Courtesy the artist.

Behind the lemon-yellow door in Singapore's Goodman Arts Centre lies an idiosyncratic collection belonging to a 31-year-old artist and self-professed natural-history lover. Whimsical memorabilia fills the laboratory-like space; life-size replicas of a rottweiler, tortoise and stork greet the visitor. Display cases and various microscopes

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