NUS Museum Exhibitions
War Drawings and Posters from the Ambassador Dato’ N. Parameswaran Collection
Till July 2017
Even with the advent of photographic technique and equipment, drawing has always been an important method of recording, conveying events and ideas. The drawn line is a powerful tool of communication: on the one hand, it is a device the artist relies on to direct the sight and thoughts of the viewer to his objective. Yet it can also impart glimpses into the artist’s creative imagination, even in a time of belligerence.
Many of the artists at the frontline featured had previously been trained in the art schools established by French colonialists, such as the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Hanoi and the Gia Dinh School of Applied Arts in Saigon, where drawing and sketching were foundational skills. At the frontline, beyond merely making rapid sketches to be developed later, or recording images with journalistic intent, the line is committed to paper to create the resemblance of physical things, capturing the anatomy of man and machine, landscapes, and life around the battlefields.
This exhibition, made possible by a long term loan of the private collection of Ambassador Dato’ N. Parameswaran, showcases a selection of drawings from Vietnam’s conflict with France and the USA between the 1950s to 1975.
[Image: Detail from Van Da, Untitled (Study for Producing and Fighting, Ba Dinh Printing Enterprise, Awarded First Class Flag of Thanh Hoa Town; circa 1-6-65), Pencil on paper, 27 x 29 cm. Collection of Ambassador Dato’ N. Parameswaran. Used with permission of Dato’ N. Parameswaran. All rights reserved.]