Alvin Ong – Polyphony

Alvin Ong


(Past) 16.02.202316.02.23 25.03.202325.03.23
(Gallery) Rue de Livourne 35 Livornostraat

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Alvin Ong


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Rhythm comes from the pairings of hard and soft, light and heavy, balance and imbalance, the punctuation and combination of different tones.

– Haruki Murakami, Absolutely on Music

rodolphe janssen is pleased to present Polyphony, an Alvin Ong solo exhibition curated by Kami Gahiga. The artist’s style combines multiple overlaid visual vocabularies which endow his paintings a rhythmic quality. Colour, shape, texture, and form but also instruments, notation, and scale, are considered as sites of enquiry. Taking the polyphonic and contrapuntal expressive qualities of Johann Sebastian Bach’s “The Art of Fugue” (published posthumously in 1751) as point of departure, Polyphony showcases fifteen paintings developed throughout the second half of 2022 in London and Ong’s art residency at Eton College. The exhibition addresses the diversity of layers, references, and influences that inform Ong’s paintings – including classical music, traditional Malay folktales, and technology blended with art history ranging from Old Masters to contemporary art. Through the diversity of its themes and intersecting driving forces, Polyphony unveils authentic humanistic traits : carnal whims, voyeurism, alienation, and the human desire for connection. Alvin Ong’s paintings possess a universality and distinct worldview that ignite one’s inner world and deepest impulses.

About the curator:

Kami Gahiga is a London-based art curator, private art advisor (The Baer Faxt Art Advisory), and writer. Gahiga is the author of several publications and regularly contributes to contemporary art talks and panels. She has been invited as guest lecturer at Sotheby’s Institute of Art and Christie’s Education in London, UK. Gahiga holds a First Distinction Master’s degree from Sotheby’s Institute of Art in London, UK.


  • Alvin Ong, Water night #1
  • Alvin Ong, Water night #2
  • Alvin Ong, Water night #3
  • Alvin Ong, Dondang sayang
  • Alvin Ong, Lap
  • Alvin Ong, Nap
  • Alvin Ong, We will meet again
  • Alvin Ong, Late bloomer
  • Alvin Ong, Antidote
  • Alvin Ong, Mirror
  • Alvin Ong, Private view
  • Alvin Ong, Life lines
  • Alvin Ong, These nights I think of you
  • Alvin Ong, Sleep
  • AOng002

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