NUS Museum Exhibitions
"Who wants to remember a war?"
War Drawings and Posters from the Ambassador Dato’ N. Parameswaran Collection
Ng Eng Teng Gallery
Till 24 June 2017
This exhibition of art works produced during the period of the Indochinese and Vietnam Wars (1945 – 1975) draws from the one of the largest privately held collections of the genre. The collection, which is on a long-term loan to NUS Museum, also includes depictions of Vietnam’s cross-border conflicts with Cambodia and China (1976 – 1986). The works were collected by Dato’ N. Parameswaran during his appointment as Ambassador of Malaysia to Vietnam, stationed in Hanoi, between 1990 – 1993. These were the middle years of Doi Moi, the period of Vietnamese economic reforms begun in 1986 that aimed at bringing about socialist market liberalisation.
Doi Moi marked a new phase of historical development for Vietnam as the nation began to chart its future. As the nation moves forward to build (and rebuild) a new narrative, how does post war remembrance compare with the spirit of the period documented by hundreds of war-time artists, how will the war be remembered, and whom by? What is the connection between commemoration, heritage, and memories?
[Image:Detail from Tran Mai, Doi Moi Going Forward (1991), Printed poster on paper, 78 x 54.5 cm, Collection of Ambassador Dato’ N. Parameswaran. Used by permission of Dato’ N. Parameswaran. All rights reserved.]