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[Opening] Galunggung: The Drum Mountain
a prep-room project


Thursday, 20 Apr 2017
7pm - 9pm
NUS Museum

Free with registration at
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the drum mountain is an installation of the active Mount Galunggung in West Java, Indonesia. It is the third of U5's portraits of 17 Javanese volcanoes based on their work within the broader research project, Tourism and Cultural Heritage: A Case Study on the Explorer Franz Junghuhn, based at the ETH Zurich Future Cities Laboratory in Singapore. Adrianne Joergensen, an architectural and graphic designer who coordinates the project, presents her Volcanarium, a graphical index of historical, scientific and anecdotal impressions of each volcano. The subsequent U5 portraits will be realized at Crater Studios as installations, events and performances with participation from artists, students, researchers, and the public.

Crater Studios is a prep-room programme of Zurich-based artist collective U5. The premise of their studio work in NX3 is to create portraits of 17 Javanese volcanoes out of the materials gathered from the volcano expeditions. U5 works in various media with an agenda to challenge traditional notions of individual authorship. The work originates from a fascination with material—forming model-like structures by combining found and assembled objects; constructing exuberant architectural installations that oscillate between natural and artificial; overlaying these with constantly evolving video works, live-stream images, sound and performance —that together produce a dynamic, layered experience.

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[Talk] Which War, What Memories And Remembered By Whom?
with Andrea Fam, Assistant Curator, Singapore Art Museum

Tuesday, 18 April 2017
7pm - 8pm
NUS Museum

Free with registration at
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Who wants to remember a war? Which war, what memories and remembered by whom?

Vietnam – her land and people – has witnessed a range of wars across her history, and depending on whom you speak to, the accounts of their experiences would differ. Pivoting around the conceptual underpinnings of contemporary art from Vietnam, this talk will examine works by artists from North, Central and South Vietnam as well as diaspora artists in relation to the socio-political rebuilding of post-war / post-Doi Moi Vietnam. Of particular focus are the works by Nguyen Phuong Linh and other artists that worked with the former Nha San Studio and the present Nha San Collective, the Le Brothers, Bui Cong Khanh, and The Propeller Group.

About the speaker
Andrea Fam is an assistant curator at the Singapore Art Museum where she oversees the Indochina portfolio. She recently co-curated the exhibitions Singapore Biennale 2016 – An Atlas of Mirrors, Imaginarium: Over the Ocean, Under the Sea (2016), and Odyssey: Navigating Nameless Seas (2016).

[Image : Detail from Linh Phuong Nguyen, Memory of the Blind Elephant (2016), Image credit to Ta Minh Duc.]

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[Film Screening] The Fog Of War
Eleven lessons from the life of Robert S. McNamara
 

Tuesday, 28 March 2017
7pm - 9pm
Ngee Ann Kongsi Auditorium
Education Resource Centre, NUS University Town


Free with registration at
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The Fog of War is a retrospective on the life of Robert McNamara, who served as Secretary of Defense to US Presidents John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson. An Errol Morris film and set to an original score by Philip Glass, the documentary combines an interview with McNamara with archival footage and documents to illustrate lessons he gleaned from his experience as a man in positions of influence.

This film screening is organised in conjunction with the exhibitions “Who wants to remember a war?” and LINES: War Drawings and Posters from the Ambassador Dato’ N. Parameswaran Collection, which features posters, woodcuts and drawings from the French phase of the Indochina war of resistance against the Americans, and drawings and sketches of life and people at the frontlines.

For more information on these exhibitions, please click here.

[Image credit: Detail of Dong Thap Muoi During The Resistance Against The Americans In The Years 1965-1970 (Photographer unknown; 1965-1970), Photographic print, 50 x 59.5cm. Collection of Ambassador Dato’ N. Parameswaran. Used by permission of Dato’ N. Parameswaran. All rights reserved.]

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[Public Seminar & Performance]
Franz Wilhelm Junghuhn meets Thomas Stamford Raffles. 


Wednesday, 15 Mar 2017
4pm - 8.30pm
NUS Museum

Free with registration at
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[Public Seminar] Franz Wilhelm Junghuhn meets Thomas Stamford Raffles: Footnotes for an Exhibition
4 - 6pm, Celadon Room, NUS Museum

[Performance] Gunung Merapi by artist collective U5
7 - 8.30pm, Crater Studios, Prep Room, NUS Museum

Preceding an upcoming exhibition at the NUS Museum is a series of events related to the research project Tourism and Cultural Heritage: A Case Study on the Explorer Franz Junghuhn led by Professors Philip Ursprung and Alex Lehnerer at the ETH Zurich Future Cities Laboratory in Singapore. The crux of the research project are the expeditions from Singapore to Java that follow the traces of Junghuhn to 17 of his favorite volcanoes. Each expedition features a group of artists and scholars. The exhibition at the NUS Museum draws from this research project and provides speculations on history and heritage around the legacy of Junghuhn.

The seminar will be followed by Gunung Merapi, a performance by the artist collective U5 in Crater Studios, a prep-room program in the NUS Museum. This performance is the second of the series of 17 Javanese volcano-portraits by U5 based on their work within the broader research project.

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[Image credit: (Left) Detail, F.W. Junghuhn (1855) Kaart van het eiland Java. C.W. Mieling Gravenhage, Amsterdam. (Right) Detail, J. Walker (1817) A map of Java: Chiefly from surveys made during the British administration constructed in illustration of an account of Java by Thomas Stamford Raffles Esq. J. Murrary, London.]

[Film Screening] Sails Off Singapore
Presented courtesy of the Ivan Polunin Collection. 


With additional commentary by Dr Kevin YL Tan. 

Wednesday, 15 February 2017
7pm - 8.30pm
NUS Museum

Free with registration at
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With camera work provided by Dr Ivan Polunin and directed by Tony Beamish for the British Broadcasting Corporation, Sails off Singapore (1958) is a rare colour film of colonial Singapore, without a soundtrack. Filmed with 16mm colour film, it is part of an extensive archive of documentary footage of Singapore shot during the 1950s to 1970s.

This film is presented courtesy of the Ivan Polunin Collection, an accumulation of a lifetime’s interests in hundreds of hours of film and video and over 40,000 still photographs, capturing places, people and everyday life in Singapore and Malaya.

The screening is organised in conjunction with “There are too many episodes of people coming here…”, an exhibition that examines particular sites around Singapore and the currency of their histories. The screening will be followed by a commentary by Dr Kevin YL Tan about how the film may be read in relation to history and heritage in Singapore today.

For more information on the exhibition, please click here.

[Image: Film still from Sails off Singapore.]

[Opening Talk] From The Ashes: Reviving Myanmar Celadon Ceramics

Opening Talk with Dr Myo Thant Tyn
President, Myanmar Ceramic Society

Wednesday, 8 February 2017
7pm - 8.30pm
NUS Museum

Free with registration at
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From the Ashes: Reviving Myanmar Celadon Ceramics introduces the experiments with celabon, a low temperature ash glaze pottery. They are displayed alongside celadon ware, which was an export product of Lower Myanmar in the 15th century. Also an ash glaze ware but fired at a higher temperature, its discovery at historical kiln sites inspired a revival of the tradition in the pottery community.

This event is co-organised with NUS Department of Southeast Asian Studies on the occasion of its silver jubilee.

Exhibition runs until December 2017.

[Image credit: Head of a high ranking official (detail), greenware, 8.2 x 4.9 x 5.2 cm. Collection of Myanmar Ceramic Society.]

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[prep-room] DRILLS

with Kate Pocklington and U5

Thursday, 2 February 2017
7pm - 8pm
NUS Museum

Buaya: The making of a non-myth
Resource Gallery (7.15 – 7.30pm)

Crater Studios (17 Volcanoes)
NX3 (7.40 – 8pm)

Free with registration at
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As part of prep-room DRILLS, the collaborators for 2 current prep-room projects, conservator Kate Pocklington on Buaya: The making of a non-myth and Zurich-based artist collective U5 on Crater Studios will present their ongoing research and studio works.

prep-room DRILLS is a series of public presentations of ongoing research and studio works by invited practitioners and researchers. Invited to work around the open-ended framework of the NUS Museum’s prep-room, the collaborators engage with the framework of the prep-room and its features to interpose objects within the permanent collection or research trajectories of the NUS Museum. DRILLS introduces the many explicit and tacit modes of working by the artists and researchers within the context of a University Museum.
 

[Image credit: (Top) Detail of plaster crocodile by Kate Pocklington. Gallery impression by Geraldine Kang for NUS Museum.
(Bottom) Image credit: Kawah Putih (The White Crater). Image courtesy of U5..]

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[Exhibition Opening] Radio Malaya: Abridged Conversations About Art

Guest-of-Honour: Professor Wang Gungwu
University Professor, National University of Singapore

Tuesday, 17 January 2017
7pm - 8.30pm
NUS Museum

Free with registration at
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Radio Malaya: Abridged Conversations About Art follows an earlier project Between Here and Nanyang: Marco Hsu’s Brief History of Malayan Art (2013 – 2016) and continues to proceed with ways in which the University’s permanent collection may be read in relation to writings on art and cultural history. It examines lines of inquiries that are predicated by various practices, institution-making, scholarship and nation.

As a backdrop to the evolving discussion on Malayan culture which Hsu was part of, the exhibition introduces selected writings by T.K. Sabapathy and S. Rajaratnam, the former pertains to Southeast Asian art historiography, and the latter as a call for a cultural history that forms part of a shaping of community and nation. These frames provide ways to consider the Museum’s collection whose collecting histories may be associated with Malaya’s period of formation, and the evolving project of art history.


[Image credit: Detail from view of Pan Pacific Hotel from corner of Supreme Court (circa. Late 1980s.) Collection of Jimmy Ong.
Detail from Koh Nguang How, Untitled, 1994, Mixed media, 50 x 60cm. Donated by T.K. Sabapathy.]

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[Talk] Witness To A Collection

with Adrian Jones of the Witness Collection
 

Thursday, 12 January 2017
7pm - 8pm
NUS Museum

Free with registration at
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In this talk, Adrian Jones of the Witness Collection will share insights on the origins of his collecting and why research-led conservation and art history documentation have been a major focus of the Witness Collection. Jones will also touch on how wartime materials are contexualised in the collection, and how different approaches by Vietnamese institutions and collectors have affected the collection and the presentation of art history.

About the speaker
Adrian Jones is the founder of the Witness Collection comprising nearly 2,000 Vietnamese modern and contemporary art pieces, which aims to act as a platform to showcase Vietnam’s historical narrative through visual works by Vietnamese artists.

[Image credit: Adrian Jones in the tunnels of Cu Chi in Saigon. Image courtesy of Adrian Jones.]

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[Talk] Dr Ivan Polunin - The Unknown Asian Ethnomusicologist

with Dr. Joe Peters 

Thursday, 17 November 2016
7pm - 8pm
NUS Museum

Free with registration at
http://ipolunin.peatix.com/
 

Dr. Ivan Polunin (1920-2010) is an unknown ethnomusicologist here in Southeast Asia. He was a permanent resident of Singapore (calling it home for almost 60 years) who served the medical profession at the National University of Singapore (1952–1980). A man of many talents and skills - medicine, film, photography, ancient ceramics, botany, the humanities, political science, music and his special interest, fireflies, on which he did extensive field research. His importance to ethnomusicology first emerged in the 1970s when he published field-recording tracks under the Kalimantan Expedition of the Folkways Label.

[Image credit: Ivan Polunin Multimedia Lab.]

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[Talk] The Nearest Faraway Place: Military Medicine, Civic Action Campaigns, and the South Korean Medical Legacy in Vietnam, 1964-1973

with Dr. John DiMoia
Associate Professor, Department of History
National University of Singapore
 

Wednesday, 16 November 2016
7pm - 8pm
NUS Museum

Free with registration at
http://nearestfaraway.peatix.com/
 

When South Korean troops arrived in late 1964 as part of an initial placement to Vietnam, they could not have anticipated that they would remain for nearly a decade, with their numbers increasing dramatically. Nor could they know that medicine would come to play a prominent role associated with the Korean presence, both for military and civilian purposes. Scarcely a decade removed from the Korean War (1950-1953), Korean doctors rapidly moved to the Vietnam context, helping to serve another nation, where only recently they had rebuilt their own (1954-1960).

This talk is organised in conjunction with the exhibitions “Who wants to remember a war?” and LINES: War Drawings and Posters from the Ambassador Dato’ N. Parameswaran Collection, which features posters, woodcuts and drawings from the French phase of the Indochina war of resistance against the Americans, and drawings and sketches of life and people at the frontlines.

[Image credit: Lee, Chan-Shik, and Sae-ho Lee. “Korean soldiers in Vietnam are so kind that they cut the hair of the Vietnamese people. Wherever they go they win friendship.” Korean Forces in Vietnam: Six Years for Peace and Construction. Seoul, South Korea: HQs ROKF-V, 1971.]

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[Talk] Instructions Not Included: Grounded Conversations with Dennis Tan

Thursday, 10 November 2016
7pm - 8pm
NUS Museum

Free with registration at
http://noinstructions.peatix.com
 

Held in conjunction with the ongoing exhibition, “There are too many episodes of people coming here …”, NUS Museum presents Instructions Not Included by Dennis Tan as part of the Grounded Conversations series.

Focusing on his kolek boat included in the exhibition, Tan will draw on his collaboration with a group of boat-makers from Keban, Riau Islands of Indonesia as a way of articulating his mode of working that is intuitive, adapting and shared. The artist will speak about how certain misinterpretations and hunches become shaped into opportunity to understand another’s culture of making objects. In his reconstruction of the Keban’s version of the sailboat, Tan investigates ideas of inter-generational exchange of skills and knowledge and how this enables cultural continuities.

[Image credit: Dennis Tan]

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[Talk] Victory Pictures in a Time of Defeat: Art, War and Media in 19th century China

with Dr Hwang Yin
Adjunct Senior Lecturer, Department of Chinese Studies, NUS
 

Thursday, 6 October 2016
7pm - 8pm
NUS Museum

Free with registration at
http://victorypic.peatix.com/
 

Dr Hwang Yin will share her study of Chinese sheet prints depicting wars in the late Qing period. The survival of such works has been rare, as they were considered ephemera not worthy of preservation. Although largely unknown in contemporary China, unstudied and forgotten examples in various museum and library collections around the world, mostly gathered by curious outsiders, offer opportunities for substantive research.

This talk is organised in conjunction with the exhibitions “Who wants to remember a war?” and LINES: War Drawings and Posters from the Ambassador Dato’ N. Parameswaran Collection, which features posters, woodcuts and drawings from the French phase of the Indochina war of resistance against the Americans, and drawings and sketches of life and people at the frontlines.

For more information on the exhibitions, please click here.

[Image credit: Chinese woodblock print depicting Commander Liu Yongfu leading Chinese soldiers in repelling French forces during the Bắc Ninh Campaign (1884) in North Tonkin, c. late 19th Century, Collection of the Bibliotheque Nationale de France.]

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[Film Screening] Boat People (PG13 - Some disturbing scenes) 

Thursday, 15 September 2016
7pm - 9pm
Ngee Ann Kongsi Auditorium
Education Resource Centre, NUS University Town


Free with registration at
http://boatpeople.peatix.com/

Starring Hong Kong actors such as George Lam and Andy Lau, directed by Ann Hui, Boat People explores the complexities of Vietnamese society after the communist takeover after the Vietnam War, viewing it from the perspective of Shiomi Akutagawa, a Japanese photojournalist. The film won 5 awards at the second Hong Kong Film Awards including the Best Film and the Best Director awards.

This film screening is organised in conjunction with the exhibitions “Who wants to remember a war?” and LINES: War Drawings and Posters from the Ambassador Dato’ N. Parameswaran Collection, which features posters, woodcuts and drawings from the French phase of the Indochina war of resistance against the Americans, and drawings and sketches of life and people at the frontlines.

For more information on these exhibitions, please click here.


*PG13 - Some disturbing scenes
**Film is in Cantonese with English subtitles

[Image Credit: Pham Luc, Untitled (Facets of the War; 1988), 72 x 54.8cm; Gouache on Paper. Collection of Dato’ N. Parameswaran.]

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[Talk] Who wants to remember what war? Alternate visions of conflict in Vietnam

with Assistant Professor Gerard Sasges
Department of Southeast Asian Studies, NUS

Wednesday, 7 September 2016
7pm - 8pm
NUS Museum

Free with registration at
http://alternvisions.peatix.com/
 

Popular memories of the war in Vietnam are dominated by the propaganda art that is the subject of the current exhibition, “Who wants to remember a war?”. The art represents the conflict in Vietnam simply as a war of national liberation from American imperialism. Yet the conflict was complex, and there are other wars to be remembered. The talk juxtaposes images from the exhibition with alternate visions from film and contemporary documentary coverage. The result is to recapture some of the complexities of one of the pivotal conflicts of the twentieth century.

This talk is organised in conjunction with the exhibitions “Who wants to remember a war?” and LINES: War Drawings and Posters from the Ambassador Dato’ N. Parameswaran Collection, which features posters, woodcuts and drawings from the French phase of the Indochina war of resistance against the Americans, and drawings and sketches of life and people at the frontlines.

For more information on the exhibitions, please click here.

[Image credit: Minh Tuyen, Hand over the Government to the People!, 1969, Mixed-media hand-painted poster, 35.8 x 48.7 cm. Collection of Ambassador Dato’ N. Parameswaran. Used by permission of Dato’ N. Parameswaran. All rights reserved.]

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Maintaining Heritage Series: Pantun Writing Workshop (CANCELLED)

Saturday, 3 September 2016
1.30pm - 5.00pm
NUS Baba House


Cost: $30 per person
Limited to 15 pax. Registration is compulsory
Register at http://pantunwritingworkshop.peatix.com


Join us for a pantun writing workshop and discover more about this rich literary form. Dating back to the fifteenth century, pantuns were composed to express happiness, joy, revenge and sorrow, among other things. It has a unique structure of four-line verses with alternating rhyming lines.

In this workshop, Baba Chan Eng Thai will introduce participants to the elements of a pantun which includes its form and structure. Participants will then write pantuns, recite them and talk about the thoughts and inspiration behind their writings.

**Participants are required to have a basic knowledge of Malay.

[Image: Literature on Malay Pantuns]

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Maintaining Heritage Series: Baba Pantuns: Collecting and Archiving

Wednesday, 17 August 2016
6.30pm - 8.30pm
NUS Baba House



Limited to 40 pax. Registration is compulsory
To register, email babahouse@nus.edu.sg.


In the yesteryears, Babas were extremely fond of poetry and published pantuns on various subjects between the 1890s and 1950s. Over the years, little has been done to preserve this literary form and few people have shown interest in creating or composing pantuns. It has now become a thing of the past and therefore receives little scholarly attention unlike Malay pantuns.

As such, Institut Alam & Tamadun Melayu (ATMA), Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia has created a database to document pantuns that were written by the Babas. This database has been made available to the public since March 2002 and aims to fill the gap in knowledge on the subject. Now, another collection on Baba pantuns is being set-up at the ISEAS library in Singapore. In this talk, Dr Ding Ming Choo will share his interest in Baba pantuns, the collection at the ISEAS Library, some of the rare works available and the challenges faced in setting up the collection.

[Image: Dr Ding Choo Ming’s publications on Pantuns.]

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Maintaining Heritage Series: The Genius of the Malay Pantuns
 

Wednesday, 10 August 2016
7.00pm - 9.00pm
NUS Baba House


Limited to 40 pax. Registration is compulsory
To register, email babahouse@nus.edu.sg.


The special word ‘Pantun’ has transcended into many aspects of the Malay life. It narrates the rite of passage of the Malays in the most beautiful poetic language that has existed. It is complete in the sense that it also carries the economic and social psychic of the Malays. It may be simple in its form but complex in its texture and nuances. It is accommodating to its surrounding and open to improvisation. The synchronized nuances and structure of the pantun is so elegant that many would think that it may have come from the heavens, yet it is nothing more than a popular vehicle for the expression of poetic feelings among the Malays that has lasted through hundreds of years across generations.

In short, the pantun contains beautiful imagery and the delicacy of thoughts that ensures its immortality through the test of time. Even today, pantuns continue to be narrated in wedding ceremonies and official functions. No other Malay literary creation explains the Malay mind better than the pantun. For more than 700 years of its existence as part of the Malay oral tradition, the pantun has always been the manifestation of the genius of Malay creativity and a storehouse of the Malay mind.

[Image: Literature on Malay Pantuns]

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Maintaining Heritage Series: Pantuns in Wayang Peranakan
 

Wednesday, 3 August 2016
6.30pm - 8.30pm
NUS Baba House


Limited to 40 pax. Registration is compulsory
To register, email babahouse@nus.edu.sg.
FULLY SUBSCRIBED

Dondang Sayang is a traditional form of singing poems known as pantuns commonly associated with the Malay and Peranakan communities in Singapore and Malaysia. Typically, the exchange is based on a theme and it would involve two singers testing each other’s wits.

Although most singers would have memorised hundreds of pantuns, the more gifted ones were able improvise on the spot and often gave rise to laughter and applause when a particularly clever phrase was sung.  A performance would be accompanied by an orchestra made up of four musicians on the violin, Malay hand drums (rebana) and a gong.

In the past, the dondang sayang was performed in homes during celebrations such as birthdays, weddings, anniversaries and even on Chap Goh Meh (15th day of the Chinese lunar new year). Nowadays, it is usually performed during cultural events and plays. In this session, Frederick Soh and Terry Lim will explore the intricacies of this age-old tradition and how the Gunong Sayang Association is trying to revive this vanishing music form.

This talk is supported by the Gunong Sayang Association.

[Image: Tan Koon Neo performing a dondang sayang at her father’s residence, Botan House, Neil Road, Singapore, 1964. Courtesy of Peter Lee & Jennifer Chen, The Straits Chinese House: Domestic Life and Traditions. Singapore: Editions Didier Millett Pte Ltd & National Museum of Singapore, 2006.]

Maintaining Heritage Series: Verses and Rhymes: Baba Pantuns
 (FULLY SUBSCRIBED)

Thursday, 28 July 2016
6.30pm - 8.30pm
NUS Baba House


Limited to 40 pax. Registration is compulsory
To register, email babahouse@nus.edu.sg.

Join us for a talk by G.T. Lye and Chan Eng Thai on the traditional form of poetry, the “pantun”. They will talk about the use of pantuns among the Babas and share the verses that they have penned.

Pantuns first appeared in Malay literature in the fifteenth century and has a basic structure of four lines, each with four words. Fond of Malay poetry, the Peranakans adapted it to create their own version using Baba patois which has a liberal mix of the Malay language with words from the Hokkien dialect. Baba pantuns also make references to Chinese folktales and characters. Earlier generations of Peranakans were skilled at exchanging pantuns spontaneously and even included it in their daily conversations.

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[Talk] Becoming Revolutionary: Artists in North Vietnam between Colonialism & Communism, 1945-1954
with Dr Phoebe Scott

14 July 2016, Thursday
7.00 - 8.00pm
NUS Museum


Free admission with registration.
To register, please visit http://becomingrevolutionary.peatix.com/   

The collection of Ambassador Dato’ N. Parameswaran contains a rich array of materials produced in wartime Vietnam, between 1945 and 1975. In the earliest period of this conflict, the First Indochina War (1946-1954), many artists in North Vietnam were involved in supporting the communist-led Revolution against French colonial control. However, the most senior of these artists had in fact trained in the colonial-period art school established by the French in Hanoi, from the 1920s-1940s. How did they “become” revolutionary artists? This talk will look at the experiences of these artists and their students, working in the Viet Minh-controlled zones in the north of Vietnam.

This talk is organised in conjunction with the exhibitions “Who wants to remember a war?” and LINES: War Drawings and Posters from the Ambassador Dato’ N. Parameswaran Collection, which features posters, woodcuts and drawings from the French phase of the Indochina war of resistance against the Americans, and drawings and sketches of life and people at the frontlines.

Image credit: Phan Ke An (Kich), The Soldiers of the Capital’s Division, 1950, Woodcut print on paper, 34 x 24.5cm. Collection of Ambassador Dato’ N. Parameswaran. Used by permission of Dato’ N. Parameswaran. All rights reserved.

Phan Ke An (Kich) is the artist for the woodcut print on the cover of this student newsletter. The contents of the facing page documents a move away from French colonial institutions of learning to institutions in communist Eastern Europe, signalling a shift away from colonial legacies towards socialist internationalism.

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CANCELLED [Children's Workshop] Sketching the Blair Plain Conservation Area
In conjunction with Children's Season 2016


Dates: Saturdays, 11 & 18 June 2016
Time: 2.30pm - 5.00pm
Age Group: 10 - 14 years.
NUS Museum

Requires a minimum of 9 pairs of parent and child to conduct workshop.
For enquiries, email museum@nus.edu.sg or call 6516-8817/4616.

Please register at http://sketchingforkids.peatix.com.

The Blair Plain area is home to clusters of two and three storey shophouses of various architectural styles. One can often find artists sketching the ornate facades of these beautifully conserved houses. Did you know that sketches are often part of the preparation for a drawing or painting, allowing the artist to put down their ideas and plan the piece before working on the final masterpiece?

During our workshop, participants will first be introduced to the various concepts and basic process for creating a sketch. In the second session, they will learn how to apply the concepts to landscape sketching while appreciating our heritage at the Blair Plain Conservation Area.
 

Children's Season 2016 is jointly presented by National Heritage Board and Museum Roundtable. 

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[Image: Sketch of Everton Road Alley. Image copyright of Paul Wang.]

[Opening Talk] The Momentary Enemy
with Angel Velasco Shaw


8 June 2016, Wednesday
7pm - 8.30pm
NUS Museum

Free admission with registration.
Please register at http://themomentaryenemy.peatix.com

Experimental documentary filmmaker, Angel Velasco Shaw will discuss vestiges of war beyond the silver screen and popular media—examining the connections between the Philippine-American, Vietnam, and Iraq wars reflected in her 2008 documentary video, The Momentary Enemy. This video is part of a continuum of works that explore legacies of colonialism, empire building and war. Unpacking Filipino/American histories, she willaddress how these histories have been erased and/or buried, and largely unknown within a global context. Shaw will talk about the limitations of mainstream linear and traditional documentary techniques utilized to depict the complex deeply embedded consequences of war. In addition, she will converse about the challenges that other Filipino/American filmmakers encounter in portraying the consequences of war, and their ambivalent andambiguous nuances through other media formats. The Momentary Enemy is held in-conjunction with the exhibition Double Vision.

[Image: Film still from The Momentary Enemy, 2008, courtesy of Angel Velasco Shaw.]

Heritage Tours of NUS Baba House
(in Mandarin)

Mondays, 6 June, 4 July, 8 August & 5 September (Repeat sessions)
11am - 12pm
NUS Baba House


Free admission with registration.
Limited to 13 pax.

To register, email babahouse@nus.edu.sg or call 6227 5731.

Discover more about the ornate NUS Baba House through an hour long tour in Mandarin! You will be transported to a Straits Chinese family home in the 1920s, furnished with heirlooms from the Wee family (the previous owners of the house) and other donors. Artefacts at the NUS Baba House are displayed in their original context. The restored inset wall cabinets (piaktu) were utilized by the Wee family to store and display ceramics.

The third floor has been converted into a gallery for exhibitions that explore the community and neighborhood from different perspectives. The current project in the gallery is titled Preserve/Conserve/Restore: Studies at 157 Neil Road and spans over a period of three years. It seeks to engage with NUS Baba House as a site for studies in urban history and the technical conservation of built heritage.

[Children's Workshop] Introduction to Chinese Ink Painting
In conjunction with Children's Season 2016


Dates: Saturdays, 4 & 11 June and 18 & 25 June 2016 (Repeat sessions)
Time: 11.00am - 1.30pm
Age Group: 7 - 12 years.
NUS Museum

Requires a minimum of 13 pairs of parent and child to conduct workshop.
For enquiries, email museum@nus.edu.sg or call 6516-8817/4616.

Please register at http://inkpaintingforkids.peatix.com/.

This June, explore more about the traditional Chinese art form of ink painting in our Introduction to Chinese Ink Painting workshops. In the first session, parents and children will be introduced to the history of Chinese ink painting before learning basic brush techniques and painting objects such as bamboo, birds and flowers.

In the second session, you will discover how to capture the spirit of a subject with contemporary brush techniques. A greater emphasis will be placed on brush control and composition of your ink painting. At the end of workshop, each team will bring home their own unique work!

Children's Season 2016 is jointly presented by National Heritage Board and Museum Roundtable. 

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[Image: Participant at the Creative Chinese Calligraphy & Ink Painting Workshops in 2015.]

[Film Screening] Heaven and Earth (NC 16)
with additional commentary by Assoc. Prof. Bruce Lockhart

20 April 2016, Wednesday
7 - 9.30pm
Ngee Ann Kongsi Auditorium
Education Resource Centre, NUS University Town


Free admission with registration.
To register, please visit http://heavennearth.peatix.com/   

Based on Le Ly Hayslip’s books on her experience during and after the Vietnam war, this 1993 Vietnam war film is the final instalment in a trilogy by director Oliver Stone. The film tells the story of hardship, suffering and loss through the eyes of a Vietnamese village girl.

This film screening is organised in conjunction with the exhibition Vietnam 1954-1975: War Drawings and Posters from the Ambassador Dato’ N. Parameswaran Collection, featuring posters, woodcuts and drawings from the French phase of the Indochina war of resistance against the Americans, and drawings and sketches of life and people at the frontlines.
 

To view the e-flyer, please click here.

[Image Credit: Huynh Van Thuan, Duong Ho Chi Minh (Ho Chi Minh Highway), Quang Binh, 11-4-1971, Pencil on paper, 28.8 x 40.2 cm. Collection of Dato’ N. Parameswaran.
The Vietnamese defeat of the French at Dien Bien Phu in 1954 necessitated the crossing of the Pha Din pass, which in Thai meant ‘Heaven and Earth.’ The subsequent creation of a demilitarised zone at the 17th Parallel symbolically separates the Vietnamese landscape into ‘Heaven and Earth’, through which the Ho Chi Minh trail passed.]


 

Ng Eng Teng: 1+1=1


Exhibition Opening
14 April 2016, 7pm

NUS Museum

Guest-of-Honour
Mrs Rebecca Chew
Academy Principal
Singapore Teachers' Academy for the aRts (STAR)

Free with registration. Please register at http://1plus1.peatix.com/.

This exhibition takes, as its point of departure, the "geometric" series 1+1=1 produced by artist Ng Eng Teng as a means to re-read the artist's practice. 1+1=1 has not received, as yet, critical attention in the existing literature, with past efforts by art historians and curators focused on a reading of Ng's practice through the changing figure or figurations of the body. Presented with excerpts from a conversation between the artist Ng Eng Teng and art historian Constance Sheares, this exhibition is an attempt to prompt a reading of Ng Eng Teng through the motifs of spacing, difference and one-ness.

To view the e-flyer, please click here.

[Image Credit: Ng Eng Teng, untitled sketch, date unknown.]

[Film Screening] The Quiet American
with additional commentary by Prof. John Richardson

6 April 2016, Wednesday
7 - 9.30pm
Ngee Ann Kongsi Auditorium
Education Resource Centre, NUS University Town


Free admission with registration.
To register, please visit http://quietamerican.peatix.com/   

Adapted from Graham Greene’s novel, the 2002 film directed by Philip Noyce portrays the conflicting interests of old and new imperialism set in 1950s Saigon as symbolised through the relationships between the trio of British, American and Vietnamese characters.

This film screening is organised in conjunction with the exhibition Vietnam 1954-1975: War Drawings and Posters from the Ambassador Dato’ N. Parameswaran Collection, featuring posters, woodcuts and drawings from the French phase of the Indochina war of resistance against the Americans, and drawings and sketches of life and people at the frontlines.
 

Upcoming programmes in Vietnam 1954-1975
20 April: Film screening of Oliver Stone’s Heaven & Earth (1993) with commentary by Assoc. Prof. Bruce Lockhart.


To view the e-flyer, please click here.

[Image Credit: Pham Thanh Tam, Saigon 5-75 (1975), Watercolour and gouache on paper, 30.7 x 62.5cm. Collection of Dato’ N. Parameswaran. A scene of Saigon after the communist victory, twenty years after Graham Greene made it the setting of his novel, The Quiet American.]
 

Solar: A Meltdown
Performance Lecture by Ho Rui An

1 April 2016, Monday, 7pm
NUS Museum

Free with registration. Please register at http://solar.peatix.com/.

Solar: A Meltdown is a lecture that takes off from the sweaty back of a mannequin of the anthropologist Charles le Roux that the artist encountered in the Tropenmuseum in Amsterdam. From this image launches a series of investigations that attempts to get to the “behinds” of Empire and more crucially, the merciless sun behind it, beating down on the imperial back. Probing this “solar unconscious” underpinning the European colonial project, the lecture further considers the white woman and the punkawallah (manual fan operator) as figures responsible for constructing a “global domestic” as solar management device. Spiraling into the contemporary moment of terrestrial meltdown, it finally seeks to reclaim sweat as a way of getting out of ourselves and in touch with the Solar. Solar: A Meltdown was first presented at the Kochi-Muziris Biennale 2014 and more recently, at TPAM Performing Arts Meeting in Yokohama 2016.

This performance lecture is presented as part of NUS Museum's CONCRETE ISLAND. Periodically, the project will present panel discussions, lectures, screenings and readings as a means to continue engaging with the nine passwords guiding the project. Solar: A Meltdown is presented as a continued dialogue with the password "museum".

[Image courtesy of the artist.]

Artist Talk with Donna Ong on Five Trees Make A Forest



17 March 2016, 6pm
NUS Museum

*Limited to 30 pax.
Registration is compulsory. 
Please register at http://talk-fivetrees.peatix.com/.

Held in conjunction with the exhibition Five Trees Make a Forest, NUS Museum presents a walk-through with artist Donna Ong. Her interest is in the history of how tropics are "tropicalised" in colonial image-making. Prompted by an ongoing research into 18th - 19th century materials - books, manuscripts, excerpts from diaries and news clippings - the artist's practice unravels and indexes pictorial elements that persist to constitute as a tropical landscape post-Empire. This further inquiries into how the tropical is performed in the imagination of the contemporary subject and in ways where the modern forest becomes a constructed motif.

This event coincides with the Asia Research Institute's Symposium Hard State, Soft City: The Urban Imaginative Field in Singapore held at the NUS Museum on 17 March 2016.

To view the e-flyer, please click here.

[Image Credit: Detail from Donng Ong, Five Trees Make A Forest, 1905, Antique original lithograph, 19.8 x 27.5cm]

Vietnam: Three Flags, Three "Nations", One War

with Assoc. Prof. Bruce Lockhart

16 March 2016, Wednesday
7 - 8pm


Free admission with registration.
To register, please visit http://vietnam1954-onewar.peatix.com/   

The 'Vietnam War' was in many respects a war among three different Vietnams represented by three different flags. This talk will look at the various forces involved and how each of them perceived themselves, their enemies, and their war, in order to explain the conflict as much as possible through Vietnamese eyes.

This talk is organised in conjunction with the exhibition Vietnam 1954-1975: War Drawings and Posters from the Ambassador Dato’ N. Parameswaran Collection, featuring posters, woodcuts and drawings from the French phase of the Indochina war of resistance against the Americans, and drawings and sketches of life and people at the frontlines.

To find out more about the exhibition, please click here.

To view the e-flyer, please click here.

[Image Credit: Quach Phong, Fall of Saigon, (1985), Lacquer inlaid with eggshell, 49cm x 90.5cm]
 

Pulau Saigon: Artefact to Art
This event is jointly presented by NUS Museum and The University Scholars Programme.

14 March 2016, Monday, 6pm
NUS Museum

Free with registration. Please register at http://psaigon.peatix.com/.

SPEAKERS include:
Debbie Ding. Artist. The Library of Pulau Saigon
Koh Lian What. Author. "Artefacts from Pulau Saigon".

MODERATOR
Lim Jia Yi, Year 2, History major, University Scholars Programme (USP), NUS.

Pulau Saigon is invisible on Singapore's maps today, but the objects recovered from archaeological digs place it firmly within the geography of historical Singapore. Pulau Saigon was a small island in the middle of the Singapore River. It served myriad purposes from housing a train station and kampong to serving as a docking point for trade boats, before it was filled in and fully assimilated into the mainland around 1989.

This panel discussion will trace the rediscovery and excavation of Pulau Saigon, and the re-interpretation of Pulau Saigon’s historical artefacts into artefacts of an artistic kind. It seeks to question the retroactive importance we attach to particular  artefacts over others, and to explore the discovered and created histories present in archaeology and art alike. The session is moderated by Lim Jiayi, a former intern at the NUS Museum who has done research on both the official and anecdotal histories surrounding Pulau Saigon.

To view the e-flyer, please click here.

[Image taken from 1966 street director. Source: One Historical Map, Singapore Land Authority.]

Five Trees Make A Forest | Donna Ong


Exhibition Opening
10 March 2016, 7pm

NUS Museum

Guest-of-Honour
Professor Jonathan Rigg
Director, Asia Research Institute
National University of Singapore

Free with registration. Please register at http://fivetreesmakeaforest.peatix.com/.

The exhibition offers an insight into the various stages involved in the production of tropical landscapes for visual and pedagogical consumption through a dialogue between Donna Ong’s overall project which draws attention to and complicates colonial tropes of the forest, with a focus on colonial paintings and illustrations including the works of Charles Dyce from the NUS Museum’s collection.

Donna Ong refers to the “tropics” through an interpretative synthesis of scientific journals, travelogues and illustrations initiated by the colonial voyages from the 18th to 20th century. In Five Trees Make a Forest, the lithographic reproductions on display are from the artist’s personal collection of antique prints and photographic images of the tropics, acquired from her travels abroad. Within the discourse on tropical landscapes, these works expand the field of the continuing projection of the colonial view with Ong’s dialogue with the Charles Dyce collection. The collection bears 35 watercolour paintings and a 22-page handwritten manuscript that illustrates Dyce’s voyage and residence in Singapore, Malacca, Penang and Batavia in the mid-19th century English settlement.

To view the e-flyer, please click here.

[Image Credit: Detail from Donng Ong, Five Trees Make A Forest, 1896, Antique original lithograph, 19.5 x 25.8cm]

Cold War Today
Why the US is still a major regional power in the Asia Pacific
 

with Dr Quek Ser Hwee

2 March 2016, Wednesday
7 - 8pm


Free admission with registration.
To register, please visit http://vietnam1954-coldwar.peatix.com/   

The United States (U.S.) involvement in the Vietnam War, the Second Indochinese war, ended in 1975. This military confrontation, often labelled as America’s longest war, represented but one aspect of Washington’s efforts after 1945 to engage the Southeast Asian nations. Before, during and after 1975, American Cold War policies in this region were not just political and military but also focussed on issues of economic development and democratic evolution. The U.S. is still a major regional player in the Asia-Pacific region and the same geopolitical considerations that led to the Vietnam War sustain and explain the Obama administration’s ‘pivot’ to Asia.

This talk is organised in conjunction with the exhibition Vietnam 1954-1975: War Drawings and Posters from the Ambassador Dato’ N. Parameswaran Collection, featuring posters, woodcuts and drawings from the French phase of the Indochina war of resistance against the Americans, and drawings and sketches of life and people at the frontlines.


To find out more about the exhibition, please click here.

To view the e-flyer, please click here.

[Image Credit: Artist unknown, The Corruption and Shameful Attack on the Liberation Armies in the Cities Deserve Many Slaps, 1965-1966, Mixed media hand-painted poster on paper, 38 x 52cm. Depicted in the painting are Nguyen Cao Ky, Prime Minister of South Vietnam (1965-1967) and President Lyndon Johnson of the USA (1963-1969)]
 

[Book Launch]
CONCRETE ISLAND

18 February 2016, Thursday
7pm - 8pm


Free admission with registration.
Please register at http://concretereader.peatix.com.

Structured around nine selected “passwords” (concrete, architecture, control, access, speed, excess, museum, current, island), this publication reader functions as a visual and textual guide to the project CONCRETE ISLAND. More a literary reader than exhibition catalogue, the publication features contributions by artists, writers, and curators, each based on a particular “password”. If CONCRETE ISLAND proposes to think of the city as a condition of movement, exchange and intensities, this publication is an attempt to do so within the format of a printed publication.

As part of this book launch, there will be public readings by selected contributors: Tse Hao Guang, Jason Wee and Anca Rujoiu. Presented with Tan Pin Pin’s film 80km/h acting as a visual and temporal guide, the event will run for a total of 39 minutes, in accordance with the run time of the film itself.

Contributors to the publication include Tse Hao Guang, Jason Wee, Geraldine Kang, Fiona Tan, Ho Rui An, Anca Rujoiu, Amanda Lee Koe, Kathleen Ditzig, Liao Jiekai and Luca Lum.

[Image Credit: CONCRETE ISLAND reader cover design by Vanessa Ban.] 

[Panel Discussion]
"To bring the arts of Singapore to the People of Singapore..."
Arts Festivals in Context

(In-conjunction with NUS Arts Festival 2016)

17 February 2016, Wednesday
7.30pm - 8.30pm


Free admission with registration.
Please register at http://artsfestivalsincontext.peatix.com.

Speakers
Alvin Tan, Founder and Artistic Director, The Necessary Stage
Goh Ching Lee, Executive and Artistic Director, CultureLink
Mary Loh, Head, Talent Development and Programming, NUS Centre For the Arts

Moderated by Chang Yueh Siang, Curator, NUS Museum

The NUS Museum presents a panel discussion about the Arts Festivals in Singapore and how they have contributed to and affected the development of the local art scene. Beginning with the 1955 Arts Festival put together by Michael Sullivan and the Chinese School Students’ “arts festivals” movement of the 1950s, the topics of discussion will touch on the historical, cultural, and political contexts of that arts festivals in their time, up to the present.

The title of the panel discussion draws from one of the chief aims of the Singapore Festival of the Arts organized in 1959, to mark “a new chapter in the cultural life of Singapore”, “[bringing] the arts of Singapore to the people of Singapore.” This panel discussion is organised under the Museum’s Foundations series, which was conceived in relation to the current permanent exhibition, Between Here and Nanyang: Marco Hsu’s Brief History of Malayan Art. The series aims to contextualise art and artistic practices against the backdrop of nation-building and independence in the period of Merger between Singapore and Malaya. Drawing on the content of the book that the exhibition was based on, A Brief History of Malayan Art by Marco Hsu, the series features talks, panel discussions, film screenings and walking tours to facilitate various formats of knowledge enquiry and production.

This panel discussion is organised in-conjunction with the NUS Arts Festival 2016 (www.nusartsfestival.com).

[Image Credit: Detail from Chen Wen Hsi, Dance, 1954, Oil on canvas, 154 x 200 cm, Gift of the artist.]

 

CONCRETE ISLAND
Bus Tour with Dr Lai Chee Kien
(Part of Singapore Art Week 2016)

23 January 2016, Saturday (Fully subscribed!)
4pm


Free admission with registration.
Limited to 40pax.

Please register at http://concretebus.peatix.com.
 

CONCRETE ISLAND takes as its points of departure J.G. Ballard’s novel of the same title and Tan Pin Pin’s film 80km/h. Rather than a cartographical record of Singapore, the project maps Singapore as a landscape of varying intensities, speed and rhythms. Using the term ‘concrete island’ as a guiding metaphor, this project by the NUS Museum encompasses an exhibition space, a publication reader, a reading workshop, a mobile cinema programme, and a bus tour along the Pan Island Expressway.

The bus tour begins at Changi Airport and ends at Tuas Checkpoint before dropping the passengers off at Golden Mile Tower. It will traverse the horizons of Singapore along the Pan Island Expressway as a sort of response to the film 80 km/h, but this time on a bus and with a speaker on board. Offered almost as a tourist’s moving image of Singapore, this bus tour would address Singapore’s urban history, its movements, and the design of expressways in Singapore.

This CONCRETE ISLAND Bus Tour is part of Singapore Art Week 2016 and is supported by the National Arts Council Singapore.

[Image: Still from Tan Pin Pin’s film 80km/h, image courtesy of artist.]

Who wants to remember a war?
In Conversation with Dato' N. Parameswaran

(Part of Singapore Art Week 2016)

22 January 2016, Friday
7 - 8pm


Free admission with registration.
To register, please visit http://vietnam1954.peatix.com   

Join us in conversation with Dato’ Parameswaran, as we hear about how he began collecting prints and drawings from the Vietnam War period, and the stories behind the artists and works. This talk is organized in conjunction with the NUS Museum current exhibition, Vietnam 1954 – 1975: War Drawings and Posters From The Ambassador Dato’ N. Parameswaran Collection which features posters, woodcuts and drawings from the French phase of the Indochina war of resistance against the Americans, and drawings and sketches of life and people at the frontlines.

To find out more about the exhibition, please click here.

[Image Credit: Huy Toan, Welcome the Liberation Army of Ho Chi Minh City, 1975, Gouache and lacquer on thick paper, 32 x 53 cm]

Curator's Tour of Preserve/Conserve/Restore: Studies at 157 Neil Road
(Part of Singapore Art Week 2016)

15 January 2016, Friday (Fully subscribed!)
4 - 5pm


Free admission with registration.
Limited to 13 pax.

Registration will open in January 2016.
 

Preserve/Conserve/Restore: Studies at 157 Neil Road is an initiative which seeks to tap the under explored potential of 157 Neil Road as a site for engaging with the disciplines of urban development and technical conservation of built heritage. Currently on display at the NUS Baba House gallery, the Curator’s Tour introduces the materials presented, namely the early site plans and pre-conservation studies on the House. The project seeks to engage with students, researchers and industry professionals in examining the issues and strategies involved in conserving and maintaining heritage structures.

This Curator's Tour is part of Singapore Art Week 2016 and is supported by the National Arts Council Singapore.

 

Heritage Tours of NUS Baba House
(Part of Singapore Art Week 2016)

15 - 24 January 2016
11am - 12pm
1 - 2pm


Free admission with registration.
Limited to 13 pax.

Registration will open in January 2016.


Built around 1895, the NUS Baba House at 157 Neil Road is a townhouse located in Singapore’s historic district of Blair Plain. Once the ancestral home of a Peranakan Chinese family, the property was acquired by the National University of Singapore (NUS) in 2006 from funds donated by Ms Agnes Tan, a lady of Peranakan Chinese descent. It is now conceived as a heritage house facilitating research, appreciation and reflection of the Straits Chinese history and culture. This is articulated through the architectural conservation of the townhouse and reconstruction of a domestic space which exhibits the community’s material culture dating back to the early 20th century.

The third floor is a gallery for hosting exhibitions which allow academic researchers and art practitioners to explore and present the community and neighborhood from different perspectives.

During the one hour heritage tour, guests will be introduced to the history and architectural features of the House, and experience visiting a Straits Chinese family home with a 1920s setting furnished with heirlooms from the Wee family (the previous owners of the house) and other donors.

These Heritage Tours are part of Singapore Art Week 2016 and are supported by the National Arts Council Singapore.

"The Only Way Is Up"  
Panel Discussion for Sheltered: Documents for Home

6 November 2015, Friday
7pm - 8.30pm
National Library Building
Level 1, Visitors' Briefing Room

Free admission with registration.
http://onlywayup.peatix.com

Accompanying the off-site component of the exhibition Sheltered: Documents for Home at the National Library Building's Lee Kong Chian Reference Collection, this session brings together a panel of scholars and practitioners to discuss some of the peculiar implications of Singapore's urban landscape where the only way, it seems, is up. Thje accelerating efforts of the Housing and Development Board (HDB) to accomodate everyone and everything into its high-rise public housing schemes had been dubbed a vertical success. Yet such a verticality has also generated, along with it, a whole complex of unanticipated movements, such as a speculated correlation to the frequency of "highrise leap" (suicides) in the '70s and '80s.

This session is grounded by discussions of the respective projects by Debbie Loo ("Passages Home") and The Saturday Projects ("The house behind") developed for the exhibition as attempts to trace these (errant) movements.

For information on the exhibition at the National Library Building, please click here.
To view the e-flyer, please click here.

Grounded Conversations: A Tour with Debbie Ding

24 Oct 2015, 2pm
NUS Museum

Free admission with registration.
http://atourwithdbbd.peatix.com

Held in conjunction with the project The Library of Pulau Saigon, NUS Museum presents an artist talk with Debbie Ding, as part of the Grounded Conversations series. As a point of entry into the project, the artist will lead a virtual walking tour of her personal collection of 3D models of virtual trash bags and litter picked up in-world within Second Life. This conversation will pick up on an aspect of the artist’s practice as one concerned with resurrecting meaning from waste and remains.

[Panel Discussion & Book Launch]
Baroda: A Cosmopolitan Provenance in Transition

14 October 2015 (Wednesday)

5.15pm - 8.30pm 
NUS Museum

Free with registration. Please register at http://baroda.peatix.com

5.15pm - 6pm
Welcome address by Madhvi Subrahmanian
Making of the Book with Editor Priya Maholay-Jaradi

6pm - 7pm [Panel Discussion] Provincial Locations and a Cosmopolitan Asian Art 
with Dr Gauri Krishnan (Director, India Heritage Centre), 
Savita Apte (Director, Independent Art Historian),
Tan Boon Hui (Asst. CE, Museums & Programmes, National Heritage Board and Incoming Vice President Global Arts and Cultural Programmes & Director, Asia Society Museum, NY),
Farah Wardani (Resource Centre, National Gallery Singapore) and
Siddharta Perez (Assistant Curator, NUS Museum)
moderated by Ahmad Mashadi (Head, NUS Museum)

7pm - 8pm [Book launch] Keynote address by Prof Vineeta Sinha (Head, South Asian Studies Programme, NUS)
Closing address by Prof Prasenjit Duara (Raffles Professor of Humanities, NUS & Director of Asia Research Institute)

An oft-asked question in auction rooms and art galleries is: What is the provenance of this artwork? Where does it come from? Baroda: A Cosmopolitan Provenance in Transition establishes Baroda as a “centre” for art production; a place from where a wide range of visual arts originate. Join us as we celebrate the Singapore launch of the publication! The accompanying panel discussion on occasion of the launch aims to move beyond the “Baroda/India” story to emphasize how several such seemingly non-metropolitan centres have an important bearing on the making of an Asian art. Directors of Asian museums, biennales and art fairs alongside academics specializing in Asian studies are invited to locate this work in a larger Asian context and offer ideas for new research on provincial Asias.

 

[Panel discussion]
S.P.U.R. at 50: a reunion

7 October 2015 (Wednesday)

7pm - 8pm 
NUS Museum

Free with registration. Please register at http://spur50.peatix.com

For the ten years of its existence from 1965 to 1975, the Singapore Planning and Urban Research Group was a formidable think-tank comprising the island's most notable architects and planners, and later on, sociologists and other allied experts. The key objective of the group was to collectively study the problems, principles and practices of planning as they affected space-planning and architecture in post-Independence Singapore. They convened talks, forums, exhibitions, published their findings and engaged the government and public in dialogues. In their 50th year, NUS Museum invites its key members back for a reunion and a discussion about their work.

 

The Peranakan Wedding 
Cheo Thau Ceremony

23 September 2015 (Wednesday)

6.30pm - 8.30pm
NUS Baba House, 157 Neil Road

EVENT IS FULL Limited to 45 pax. To register, please email babahouse@nus.edu.sg.

With its elaborate rituals and sumptuous feasts, a Baba wedding was a major affair. No expense was spared for this impressive 12-day celebration as it was an essential rite-of-passage for the young Peranakan Chinese in the early half of the 20th century. The rigorous preparations required to make the wedding a reality was a whole-family affair – sewing of bridal garments, decorating the house with resplendent textiles, and making a generous selection of dishes and colourful kueh.

Amongst the rituals throughout the 12-day process, the cheo thau is said to be one of the most significant and most sacred. This highly symbolic ceremony also serves as a reminder to the couple of the duties and responsibilities they need to carry out as they enter married life. Join Baba Alvin Teo as he explores the intricacies of the cheo thau ritual, and illuminates the different aspects that make up the elaborate and spectacular Baba wedding.

[Image: Bride and Groom during a Baba wedding. Photo courtesy of Alvin Teo.]

From Sansovino to Streamline Moderne
A history of the Singapore Shophouse

17 September 2015 (Thursday)

6.30pm - 8.30pm
NUS Baba House, 157 Neil Road

EVENT IS FULL Limited to 45 pax. To register, please email babahouse@nus.edu.sg.

From Samsovino to Streamline Moderne explores the history and development of the Singapore shophouse from the early 19th century to the present day. We will examine the origins of this type of building in southern China and draw parallels with similar styles of architecture in other parts of Nanyang – wherever Chinese merchants established trading ports in times past.

We will then trace the evolution of shophouse architecture in Singapore from a Chinese prototype through to the final stage of its development in the 1970s, pausing to reflect on the many different architectural styles the shophouse has passed through along the way – Baroque, Rococo, Neo-Classical and Streamline Moderne, among them – each of which is situated in a historical context.

[Image: Row of Shophouses along Everton Road]

Sheltered: Documents For Home

Exhibition Opening
10 Sep 2015, 7pm

NUS Museum

Guest-of-Honour
Professor Tan Eng Chye
Deputy President (Academic Affairs) and Provost
National University of Singapore

Free with registration. Please register at http://sheltered.peatix.com/

Exhibition runs till March 2015.

Co-organised between the NUS Museum and SDE, this exhibition grows out of the participating alumni’s responses to the architectural essay film 03-FLATS, conceptualized by Dr Lilian Chee (Architecture, SDE) and directed by filmmaker Lei Yuan Bin (www.03-flats.com).

The title of the exhibition acknowledges that home remains an ambivalent practice of place-making — between the roofs over our heads and the ground beneath our feet — and a conditional transaction between security and uncertainty; familiarity and alienation. Ranging across the mediums of photography, architectural drawing, and installation, projects featured in this exhibition are attempts to trace the assumptions and habits we hold when it comes to Singapore’s domestic urban landscape, particularly as one shaped largely by public housing schemes.

[Malaya Black & White film screening]
Hawaii Five-0 - The Year of the Horse

 
3 September 2015 (Thursday)

7.00pm
Ngee Ann Kongsi Auditorium, NUS University Town

Free with registration. Please register at http://hawaii50.peatix.com/.

It was the summer of 1978 and the biggest TV show in the world was in Singapore shooting not one but two episodes! Meanwhile, elsewhere on the island, Peter Bogdanovich was secretly making a film, happy in the knowledge that with Jack Lord on the cover of The Straits Times every day, no one would care what he was doing. The Year of the Horse is the shadow production to Saint Jack, filmed at the same time, and sharing some of the same actors (George Lazenby and Osman Jailani), it was directed by Don Weis, a capable TV veteran known for The Adventures of Haji Baba, and features a Ministry of Culture approved story about drug smugglers operating out of the Lion City. Eventually shown as a ‘feature length’ closer to Season Eleven of the series, the material has been beautifully preserved, so this is a nostalgic treat for location-spotters.
 
This screening is part of the Beyond Saint Jack segment under the NUS Museum's Malaya Black & White film series.
 

[Malaya Black & White film screening]
Wit's End [M18]

 
20 August 2015 (Thursday)

7.00pm
Ngee Ann Kongsi Auditorium, NUS University Town

Free with registration. Please register at http://witsend.peatix.com.

Patrons under 18 will not be permitted entry. Age check will be conducted at the door; please bring a valid photo ID for verification purposes. 
 
Sporadically released to US drive-ins and grindhouses in the mid-70s and then retitled G.I Executioner by Troma in the ‘80s, when it became something of a VHS hit, this bizarre independent film was actually shot in Singapore in December 1969. It’s based on a story by American war correspondents (Ian Ward and Keith Lorenz) hoping for an update of Casablanca for the Vietnam-era. Instead, in the hands of notorious purveyor of perverse schlock, Joel M. Reed, it’s a dire mish-mash of spy movie cliches, Ed Wood-level performances and shameless sexploitation, with a strain of homophobia that reaches hysterical levels. A demented ‘bad movie’ masterpiece and an extraordinary portrait of a city desperate to be in the movies. You have been warned!
 
This screening is part of the Beyond Saint Jack segment under the NUS Museum's Malaya Black & White film series.
 

Herbs, Spices, Fruits & Flowers
What goes into the Peranakan cooking pot?

19 August 2015 (Wednesday)

6.30pm - 8.30pm
NUS Baba House, 157 Neil Road
 

EVENT IS FULLY REGISTERED
Limited to 30pax. To register, please email babahouse@nus.edu.sg.

Discover the variety of ingredients that goes into the Peranakan cooking pot.  These fresh and dried herbs, spices, fruits and flowers may include tiny but potent purple shallots, tart and sour green baby starfruits, sticky and sappy unripe jackfruit, and deep indigo blue pea flowers. 

Come and listen to Peranakan cook and archivist, Louis Chan, as he shares with us his journey into the world of Peranakan cooking and the use of these ingredients.  There will also be a short demonstration on how spices are traditionally prepared in a pestle and mortar.

[Image: Blending of spices, galangal, turmeric and shallots in a mortar and pestle. Image courtesy of Mr Louis Chan.]

Grounded Conversations
A stroll through dense green with Hong Sek Chern

15 August 2015 (Saturday)

2.30pm - 4pm 
NUS Museum

Free with registration. Please register at http://densegreen.peatix.com

Held in-conjunction with the ongoing exhibition, Scholars & Ink: Artists from NUS and the Alumni, NUS Museum presents A stroll through dense green by participating artist Hong Sek Chern, part of the Grounded Conversations series. The talk's title was derived from the title of a painting Dense Green Covering the Spring Mountain by Ming Dynasty painter Dai Jin. Using this as a starting point, Sek Chern will initiate a walk through some key ideas within the genre of traditional Chinese ink landscape painting and the artist's negotiation of past tradition with current concerns. The Scholars & Ink exhibition runs till 23 August 2015.

Image: Detail of Dai Jin's Dense Green Covering the Spring Mountains, hanging scroll, ink on paper, 141 x 53.4cm, collection of Shanghai Museum.

 

[Malaya Black & White film screening]
The Virgin Soldiers [M18]

 
13 August 2015 (Thursday)

7.00pm
Ngee Ann Kongsi Auditorium, NUS University Town

Free with registration. Please register at http://virginsoldiers.peatix.com.

Patrons under 18 will not be permitted entry. Age check will be conducted at the door; please bring a valid photo ID for verification purposes. 

The Hollywood studios’ flirtation with shooting in Singapore began with Pretty Polly in 1966 and ended with The Virgin Soldiers in 1969. This time the literary source was Leslie Thomas’s raunchy, pacifist bestseller about loose-end recruits sweating out the Malayan Emergency. Here, an angelic Hywel Bennett plays Brigg, the innocent serviceman, caught up in love, lust, boredom, and eventually violence in Singapore and across the causeway. It was shot in Selerang Barracks and Chinatown in Singapore and Port Dixon in Malaysia. The novel’s episodic structure and matter-of-fact approach to the horror of war proves tricky to translate, but for a film usually marketed as a broad comedy (and there’s plenty of that), it has a powerful anti-war message.
 
This screening is part of the Beyond Saint Jack segment under the NUS Museum's Malaya Black & White film series.

 

Preserving the 19th Century Townhouse Architecture
Conservation and Restoration of 157 Neil Road

5 August 2015 (Wednesday)

6.30pm - 8.30pm
NUS Baba House, 157 Neil Road

EVENT IS FULLY REGISTERED
Free admission with registration. Limited to 45pax. To register, please email babahouse@nus.edu.sg.

Have you ever wondered about what it takes to restore a delicate heritage building like the NUS Baba House? How does one balance between conserving the house, while meeting the needs of its intended new role, and aspirations of its community? 6 years after its opening, what are the on-going challenges in maintaining this heritage house into the future?

Come and hear about the challenges and the processes first hand, from Mr Kelvin Ang of the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA), who was the conservation consultant for the house. NUS and the URA were the architectural, engineering and conservation partners for the restoration project.

[Image: NUS Baba House.]

To view the e-flyer, please click here.

[Malaya Black & White film screening]
Paper Tiger

 
22 July 2015 (Wednesday)

7.00pm
Ngee Ann Kongsi Auditorium, NUS University Town


Free with registration. Please register at http://papertiger.peatix.com.
Registration opens 9 July 2015.

Made during the peak of the 1970s 'adventure moie' boom, where motley groupings of ageing Hollywood stars got rugged with machine guns and semi-forgettable films, often shot in exotic locales. Here, the backdrop is Malaysia, fictionalised as 'Kulagong', and the stars are David Niven and Toshiro Mifune, in a story about an ex-sholdier turned child's tutor who's forced by circumstances to prove whether he is the man he claims to be. The director, Ken Annakin, was returning to Malaysiaas a setting two decades after he made the Malayan Emergency melodrama, The Planter's Wife, and the film's soundtrack is by jazz supremo Roy Budd.

This screening is part of the Beyond Saint Jack segment under the NUS Museum's Malaya Black & White film series.

[Malaya Black & White film screening]
So Darling, So Deadly

 
8 July 2015 (Wednesday)

7.00pm
Ngee Ann Kongsi Auditorium, NUS University Town


Free with registration. Please register at http://sodarling.peatix.com.

While Hong Kong and Bangkok would be visited by 007 himself, Singapore had to make do with Agent Joe Walker AKA Kommissar X, an American spy-cum-detective based on a series of German pulp fictions in this mostly Italian production starring American B-listers Tony Kendall and (bodybuilder turned actor) Brad Harris. The plot is ludicrous guff about atomic secrets, but the film’s almost entirely shot on location in Singapore and Johor, and is never less than beautifully photographed. Our simple-minded Western heroes blunder, leap, ogle and fight their way through Singapore’s top tourist spots, epitomising a flippant machismo which Saint Jack would dismantle over a decade later.

This screening is part of the Beyond Saint Jack segment under the NUS Museum's Malaya Black & White film series.

To view the e-flyer, please click here.
 

[Exhibition Opening and Talk]
Vietnam 1954 – 1975: War Drawings and Posters

from the Ambassador Dato’ N Parameswaran Collection

Exhibition Opening
25 June 2015, 7pm

Ng Eng Teng Gallery, NUS Museum

In-conjunction Talk by Prof Nora Taylor
26 June 2015, 7pm

ST Lee Atrium, NUS Museum

Free with registration. Please register at http://vietnam.peatix.com/

Vietnam 1954 - 1975 features the collection of Dato' N Parameswaran, an effort which commenced while he was Malaysia's Ambassador to Vietnam from 1990 to 1993. Comprising posters, woodcuts and drawings from the French phase of the Indochina war of resistance against the Americans, and drawings and sketches of life and people at the frontlines, the collection is an important documentation of the Vietnamese response to the war and its perspective of history that is usually remembered through international reportage and popular culture.

2015 marks the 40th Anniversary of the Fall of Saigon and the end of the Vietnam War.

There will be a talk by Professor Nora Taylor (Visiting Professor, NTU ADM), held in conjunction with this exhibition on 26 June, 7pm, where she will discuss how the war, its ideology and its visual legacy is perceived today by the younger group of post-1975 artists.
 
About the speaker
Dr. Nora A. Taylor is the Alsdorf Professor of South and Southeast Asian Art History at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and currently Visiting Professor at the School of Art, Design and Media at Nanyang Technological University (NTU ADM) and a Research Fellow at the Centre for Contemporary Art, NTU, Singapore. She is the author of Painters in Hanoi: An Ethnography of Vietnamese Art (Hawaii and NUS press, 2004-2009) and co-editor of Modern and Contemporary Southeast Asian Art: An Anthology. She has published and curated extensively on Vietnamese and Southeast Asian art. She is recently the recipient of a Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship to conduct research on the history of performance art in Vietnam, Singapore and Myanmar.

 

Image: Quang Son, ARMY ENGINEERS (SAPPERS ) OPENING-UP "BOMBI" BOMBS AT CON CO (In Quang Binh province), 1965. Black pen on paper, 27.5 x 39.3cm. Collection of Ambassador Dato’ N Parameswaran. Used with permission.

[Film Screening]
Love is a Many-Splendored Thing

20 June 2015, 2.30pm

Ngee Ann Kongsi Auditorium, NUS University Town

[Panel Discussion]
Han Suyin in Malaya: In conversation with Professor Koh Tai Ann and Ina Zhang

25 July 2015, 3.30pm

ST Lee Atrium, NUS Museum

Free with registration. Please register at http://hansuyin.peatix.com/

As part of a two-part programme on the life and ideas of Han Suyin, NUS Museum presents this film screening of Love is a Many-Splendored Thing as an introduction to Han Suyin, prior to her arrival in Malaya. The second part on 25 July 2015 will feature Professor Koh Tai Ann and Ms Ina Zhang, a journalist, in conversation as they discuss Han Suyin in Malaya, her views, her writings and her ideas.

As a contemporary of Marco Hsu, a Chinese writer who wrote a series of newspaper articles under the title A Brief History of Malayan Art, Han Suyin was part of the diversity of voices that reflected the aspirations of the different communities of Malaya. Together, this programme considers how Han Suyin’s ideas may still have resonance fifty years after the merger and independence of Singapore.

About the Foundations Series
Held in conjunction with the exhibition Between Here and Nanyang: Marco Hsu’s Brief History of Malayan Art, the Foundations Series is conceived to contextualise art and artistic practices against the backdrop of nation building and independence in the period of the merger of Singapore and Malaya.

Conserving Our Heritage
In conjunction with Children’s Season 2015

13 June 2015 (Saturday)
20 June 2015 (Saturday) *Repeat Session*

10.30am - 12.30pm

NUS Museum

Age Group: 9 years – 12 years

Fees: $15/per parent-child pair. Limited to 15 pairs of parent child per session. (Minimum of 9 pairs to conduct workshop.)

Register: http://conservationforkids.peatix.com/

For enquiries, please email museum@nus.edu.sg or call 6516-8817 / 4616. 

Join us for a heritage conservation workshop this June holidays to learn more about the importance of heritage, who looks after it and why we must protect it. Families will also learn more about how museums and art galleries look after their artefacts, which may be affected by light damage, temperature, humidity and object handling. Each parent-child team will get hands-on experience in applying conservation techniques to conserve artefacts!

[Image: Portrait of a Baby, oil on canvas. Image courtesy of Beneka Art Conservation]

Children’s Season 2015 is jointly presented by National Heritage Board and Museum Roundtable.

 

Creative Chinese Calligraphy & Ink Painting
In conjunction with Children’s Season 2015

6 & 13 June 2015 (Saturdays)
20 & 27 June 2015 (Saturdays) *Repeat Session*

2pm - 4.30pm

NUS Museum

Age Group: 7 years – 12 years

Fees: $20/per parent-child pair. Limited to 15 pairs of parent child per session. (Minimum of 12 pairs to conduct workshop.)

Register: http://calligraphyforkids.peatix.com/

For enquiries, please email museum@nus.edu.sg or call 6516-8817 / 4616. 

Sign up for our Chinese calligraphy and ink painting workshops this June to explore more about these traditional Chinese art forms.During the first session, parents and children will be introduced to the history of Chinese calligraphy before learning basic brush techniques and simple characters.

In the next session, you will discover how to paint traditional subjects such as bamboo, trees, flowers, and birds amongst others. At the end of the workshop, each team gets to bring home their own unique work!

[Image: Courtesy of Chang studio.]


Children’s Season 2015 is jointly presented by National Heritage Board and Museum Roundtable.

For more information, please click here

[Performance-Lecture by Tisna Sanjaya]
"There are too many episodes of people coming here..." [projects 2008 - 2014]

 
28 May 2015 (Thursday)

7.00pm
NUS Museum

Free with registration. Please register at http://episodes.peatix.com/.

Programme
7 - 7.15pm: Curatorial introduction to "There are too many episodes of people coming here..." [projects 2008 - 2014]
7.15 - 8pm: Performance-Lecture by Tisna Sanjaya
8 - 8.30pm: Exhibition Tour
8.30pm: Reception

On occasion of the exhibition, “There are too many episodes of people coming here…” [projects 2008 – 2014], Indonesian artist Tisna Sanjaya will be conducting a performance-lecture that revisits his 2011 exhibition presented at the Museum, Cigondewah: An art project by Tisna Sanjaya. As a project that began in 2007 and attempted to articulate a post-auratic positioning of art and artist within a communitarian framework of purpose and agency, the performance-lecture will evaluate and prospect evolving strategies, and the complex complicities that necessarily link between advocacy, the exhibitionary and publics, within and beyond Cigondewah. A publication on Tisna’s project Cigondewah will also be launched during the occasion of the lecture.

About the artist

A socially-engaged artist, Tisna uses a wide range of techniques and medium available (drawing, etching, aquatint, mixed media, installation and performance art) to raise awareness of the human, social and political conditions in Indonesia, though often done so with a characteristic humour. He has exhibited widely both in Europe and Asia, and was most recently included as part of the exhibition Secret Archipelago at the Palais de Tokyo in March 2015.

Exhibition runs till November 2015.

To view the e-flyer, please click here.
 

 

 

[Malaya Black & White film screening]
World For Ransom

 
20 May 2015 (Wednesday)

7.00pm
Ngee Ann Kongsi Auditorium, NUS University Town


Free with registration. Please register at http://world4ransom.peatix.com/.

Following a well-established Hollywood tradition of 'setting' films in an imaginary version of Singapore, World For Ransom, directed by the fledgling auteur Robert Aldrich, is arguably the best of the lot. Aldrich conjures his ersatz Lion City from leftover sets, props and actors from the z-budget TV series 'China Smith' (also set in 'Singapore'). The plot is a hybrid of pitch-dark film noir and atomic-era espionage hokum (anticipating the spy flicks of the '60s), casting its Oriental-Tropical city as a zone of criminality and perversity. The great Dan Duryea plays one of the saddest, most abused anti-heros in all of noir, a 'good' man whose sacrifices and compromised personal ethics point towards Jack Flowers and Saint Jack.

This screening is part of the Beyond Saint Jack segment under the NUS Museum's Malaya Black & White film series.

To view the e-flyer, please click here.
 

 

 

About Michael Sullivan
[NUS Museum’s Anniversary Lecture by T.K. Sabapathy]

30 April 2015 (Thursday)

7.00pm
University Cultural Centre Theatre

Free Admission with registration at http://aboutsullivan.peatix.com
*Event is strictly by registration only as limited seating is available.
 

This April 2015, the NUS Museum will mark the 60th anniversary of the founding of the University of Malaya Art Museum, the predecessor institution of the NUS Museum. The occasion is marked by our Anniversary Lecture, About Michael Sullivan by T.K. Sabapathy on Thursday, 30 April, 7pm at the University Cultural Centre Theatre.

 

[Exhibition Opening]
Scholars & Ink: Artists from NUS and the Alumni

 

22 April 2015 (Wednesday)

7.30pm
NUS Museum

Free with registration. Please register at http://scholarsandink.peatix.com/.

Guest-of-Honour: Professor Tan Chorh Chuan
                                 President, National University of Singapore

Scholars & Ink features artists from the extended community of the National University of Singapore, graduates and academics across faculties of the University. The title of the project plays on the association Chinese ink has long had with a literati culture in Chinese history. Scholars & Ink proposes ways of seeing modern and contemporary ink painting through the classical "Six Principles" and "Six Essentials" of Chinese ink paintings espoused by Xie He (479 - 502) and Jing Hao (c. 855 - 915) respectively. The diversity of artistic approaches, highlighted by their purposeful and varied references to ink conventions and contemporary strategies, is significant as an entry point into the longstanding ink tradition and its practice today, marked by simultaneous continuities and transformations.

The Singaporean artists featured in the exhibition include: Dr Tan It Koon (BSc (1st Class Hons), PhD, MCB), Dr Ho Chee Lick (Snr Lecturer, Dept of Chinese Studies), Yeo Shih Yun (BBA, 1998), Hong Sek Chern (MA, SEA Studies) and Ling Yang Chang (BA (Econs), 1987).

The exhibition will run till August 2015.

To view the e-flyer, please click here.
 

 

 

[Malaya Black & White film screening]
Ricochet (David Bowie, 1984)

 

15 April 2015 (Wednesday)

7.00pm
NUS Museum

Free with registration. Please register at http://ricochet.peatix.com/.

*[UPDATE] The screening is currently sold-out. Seats may become available if there are any cancellations. Please refer to the Peatix site for updates.

"I am supposed to say something to the children in the Singapore audience. These children who are doomed to ride the up escalator forever."
David Bowie, Serious Moonlight World Tour Book


In December 1983, David Bowie's massive Serious Moonlight tour arrived in Asia for three shows in Hong Kong, Bangkok and Singapore, virtually uncharted territory for major rock acts at the time. Young documentarist Gerry Troyna was hired to capture the trip and not make a traditional 'rockumentary'. The resulting triptych depicts Bowie's strange encounters with other cultures. In Singapore (which is the most compelling part of the film) he grapples with the city's contradictions, befriending Chinese Opera performers, drifting through alienating shopping malls, culminating in the troubled, almost cancelled concert in the National Stadium (organised by Goh Poh Seng).

This screening is part of the Beyond Saint Jack segment under the NUS Museum's Malaya Black & White film series.

To view the e-flyer, please click here.
 

 

 

[Panel discussion] Grounded Conversations
with Lee Weng Choy, Nora A. Taylor & Shubigi Rao

in conversation with Lucy Davis

7 February 2015 (Saturday)

3.30pm - 5pm
NUS Museum

Free with registration. Please register at http://storiesofwood.peatix.com/.

In this session, Grounded Conversations brings together artists, critics and scholars for a series of discussions on how various art practitioners located in this region have dealt with the question of materiality in their work. Ranging across various mediums such as writing, rattan and lacquer, this session will function simultaneously as a panel discussion, which marks the closing of the exhibition "When you get closer to the heart, you may find cracks..." | Stories of Wood by the Mirgrant Ecologies Project held at the NUS Museum.  

[Image: Tang Da Wu, "Jantung Pisang: heart of a tree, heart of a people", The Substation, May 1999. Courtesy of Koh Nguang How]

To view the e-flyer, please click here.
 

 

 

Curating Lab 2014: Phase 03
Programmes


1 February 2015 (Sunday)

2 - 6.30pm
91 Lorong J Telok Kurau, #01-109
Telok Kurau Studios

Free admission with registration. Please register at http://clabtks.peatix.com/.

The following programmes are presented in conjunction with Conditions of Production, one of three exhibitions making up Curating Lab: Phase 03. 

**Please note that each session has a maximum of 25 pax due to the venue's space constraints. If you are unable to obtain a ticket, please join the waitlist (to be released). You will be informed if spaces become available.

2 - 4PM | SHIFTING REPRESENTATIONS


Speakers:
Lina Adam, artist
Wang Ruobing, artist and independent curator
Dr Margaret Tan, Tembusu College, NUS


4.30 - 6.30PM | TRAVERSING SPACES

Speakers:

Tan Liting, theatre practitioner
Chu Chu Yuan, artist
Raksha Mahtani, researcher and theatre practitioner


To view the e-flyer, please click here.

For more information on Curating Lab: http://curating-lab.blogspot.sg/ or https://www.facebook.com/curatinglab2014


 

 

 

Curating Lab 2014: Phase 03
Programmes


31 January 2015 (Saturday)

10am - 6.30pm
NUS Museum

Free admission with registration. Please register at http://clabnusm.peatix.com/.

The following programmes are presented in conjunction with Shubigi Rao: Exquisite Corpseand Pictureshow, two of three exhibitions making up Curating Lab: Phase 03. 
 

10AM - 1PM | PICTURESHOW: NODES OF LOOKING
in conjunction with Pictureshow
Speakers:
Stefano Harney, Ground Provisions collective
A/P Stuart Derbyshire, Dept of Psychology, NUS
A/P Maurizio Peleggi, Dept of History, NUS
Shubigi Rao, artist
Kannan Chandran, publisher (moderator)


3 - 4PM | PULP: A SHORT BIOGRAPHY OF THE BANISHED BOOK
 in conjunction with Shubigi Rao: Exquisite Corpse
By:
Shubigi Rao, artist

4 - 6.30PM | NOTES FROM THE (UNDER)GROUND
in conjunction with Shubigi Rao: Exquisite Corpse

Speakers:
A/P Farish A Noor, S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, NTU
A/P John Miksic, Dept of Southeast Asian Studies, NUS
Koh Nguang How, archivist and artist
Yu-Mei Balasingamchow, writer and independent curator

 

To view the e-flyer, please click here.

For more information on Curating Lab: http://curating-lab.blogspot.sg/ or https://www.facebook.com/curatinglab2014


 

 

 

Singapore Art Week 2015
NUS Baba House

16 - 25 January 2015

NUS Baba House, 157 Neil Road

Singapore Art Week (17 - 25 January 2015) is an initiative by the National Arts Council, in partnership with the Singapore Tourism Board and Singapore Economic Development Board. The Singapore Art Week reinforces Singapore's position as Asia's leading arts destination. It is a nine-day celebration of the visual arts, offering a myriad of quality art experiences, including blockbuster art fairs, exciting gallery openings and lifestyle events, world-class exhibitions, public art walks, as well as enriching discussions. www.artweek.sg.

In January 2015, the NUS Baba House is collaborating with the National Arts Council to offer special site-specific programmes such as heritage tours, cyanotype workshops and a programme called CultureHackSG 1.0 during Singapore Art Week.

Heritage Tours (16 - 18, 23 - 25 January 2015)
This one-hour heritage tour introduces visitors to the history and architectural features of the House, the Straits Chinese domestic culture and the exhibition at the gallery on the third floor.

*Free, limited to 13 persons per tour. For more details and to register, please visit bhtours.peatix.com.

Cyanotype Workhops (17 & 24 January 2015)
This two-hour workshop will allow participants to get hands-on exposure in creating a cyanotype print on fabric - one of the methods used by Mintio & Kabul in creating the artworks displayed in the exhibition at the NUS Baba House.

*Fees are $30 per participant and include all workshop materials. For more details and to register, please visit bhcyanotype.peatix.com

CultureHackSG 1.0 (Sharing sessions: 23 - 25 January 2015)
CultureHackSG 1.0 is a programme which will be launched at the NUS Baba House as part of the Singapore Art Week 2015. This inaugural instalment explores the idea of hybridity. Inspiration is drawn from two notable instances of hybrid encounters - an early 20th century (c. 1920) setting at the NUS Baba House, and contents of recipe books written for European residents in Malaya.

*Sharing sessions are $10 per participant. For more details and to register, please visit bhculturehacksg.peatix.com.

[Image: NUS Baba House.]

Curating Lab 2014: Phase 03
Exhibition opening


8 January 2015 (Thursday)

7.00pm
NUS Museum

Free admission with registration. To register, please email museum@nus.edu.sg

Curating Lab: Phase 03 presents three exhibitions put together by participants of Curating Lab 2014 working with a selection of artists: Song-Ming Ang, Chun Kaifeng, Amanda Heng, Kim Lim, Matthew Ngui and Shubigi Rao. Situated in tandem with one another, the exhibitions may be seen as a constellation of divergent views and curatorial interests glimpsed from the works and practices of these six artists. Building upon the potentials of multiple perspectives that these three exhibitions point towards is also the very porousness of exhibitions themselves in facilitating such encounters between one another.

CONDITIONS OF PRODUCTION is an ongoing project that seeks to pursue a field of enquiry situating objects and process within the complexities of artistic production and reception. To emulate the plurality of situations where artistic discourse may arise, this project calls attention to less tangible structures immanent in the creation of an artwork by adopting the multiple platforms of an exhibition, dialogue sessions, and an online repository of interviews and essays. The exhibition, as one part of a greater whole, examines these conditions by looking at the practice of three artists – Amanda Heng, Chun Kaifeng and Matthew Ngui. http://conditionsofproduction.com/
Curated by: Bernice Ong, Samantha Yap, Kenneth Loe and Melvin Tan.

SHUBIGI RAO: EXQUISITE CORPSE combines a selection of Shubigi Rao's work with items from her personal library, and material that has never been exhibited publicly. "Waste", in Rao's work — as a material presence, underlying poetic logic, and anxiety — becomes a way of framing her oeuvre and process, and forms the exhibition's curatorial provocation. At once a kind of monologue and dialogue, a coded silence, and a cacophonic game of cadavre exquis, Shubigi Rao: Exquisite Corpse invites the entanglement of old and new voices as audiences engage in the exhibition's premise of intertextuality, spectrality, hidden layers, and remainders.
Curated by: Luca Lum, Raksha Mahtani and Chua Ying Qing.

PICTURESHOW seeks to spotlight the act of looking as the primal means of perception and knowledge acquisition. Assembling works and materials which have since grown distant from the stability of the canvas, the painting, and the two-dimensional that the word picture is so comfortably associated with, this exhibition asks: How has the relationship between artistic expression and the pictorial mode evolved over time? By unhinging the habitual mode of seeing a picture with works and materials that generate their own definitions about representation, Pictureshow contemplates the image as mediator in the relationship between artistic production and consumption. The exhibition features the works and materials of Chun Kaifeng, Kim Lim, Matthew Ngui and Song-Ming Ang.
Curated by: Selene Yap, Cheng Jia Yun, Euginia Tan and Wong Yeang Cherng.

To view the e-flyer, please click here.

For more information on Curating Lab: http://curating-lab.blogspot.sg/ or https://www.facebook.com/curatinglab2014

Organised by - NUS Museum
Institutional Partner - Centre for Contemporary Art, Singapore
Supported by - National Arts Council
 

 

 

Creative Tile Painting Workshop
For parent and child

6 or 13 December 2014 (Saturdays)

2pm - 4.30pm
NUS Baba House, 157 Neil Road

Age Group: 7 - 12 years old
Fees: $50 per paid

Limited to 14 pairs of parent and child per session. To register, email museum@nus.edu.sg or call 6516 8817/8428.
Registration is confirmed only upon payment of workshop fees.

Decorative ceramic tiles were used in the latter half of the Victorian era in thousands of houses. Commonly known as Art Nouveau tiles, they were glazed with designs predominantly based on floral motifs and used as decorative elements in homes. This December holidays, join our Creative Tile Painting Workshop to learn the basic techniques of painting on ceramic tiles and explore the colour palette found in the NUS Baba House. Working as a team, parent and child will get to bring home their Peranakan inspired tile at the end of the workshop!

[Image: Courtsey of artist Rasha Eleyan.]

To view the e-flyer, please click here.
 

 

 

Grounded Conversations (In Medias Res)
Field Notes #1: Objects

5 December 2014 (Friday)

7pm - 9pm
Grey Projects, 6B Kim Tian Road, Tiong Bahru, Singapore 169246

Limited seating for 25 pax. Free with registration. To register, email museum@nus.edu.sg.

This session brings together artists, writers and curators for a discussion on objects and their agency.  Excerpts from literary works selected by artist and writer Jason Wee will be shared between participants and the audience in advance, functioning as a medium between participants and the audience.  Participants include Jason Wee, Andrea Fam, Bruce Quek, Melissa Tan and Kenneth Tay.

The session is presented in conjunction with the exhibition “When you get closer to the heart, you may find cracks...” | Stories of Wood by the Migrant Ecologies Project held at the NUS Museum.

To view the e-flyer, please click here.
 

Preserving the 19th Century Townhouse Architecture
Conservation and Restoration of 157 Neil Road

12 November 2014 (Wednesday)

6.30pm - 8.30pm
NUS Baba House, 157 Neil Road

Free admission with registration. Limited to 45pax. To register, please click here.

Have you wondered about what it takes to restore a delicate heritage building like the NUS Baba House? How does one balance between conserving the house, while meeting the needs of its intended new role, and the aspirations of the community? 6 years after its reopening, what are the on-going challenges in maintaining this heritage house into the future?

Come and hear about the challenges and the processes first hand, from Mr Kelvin Ang of the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA), who was the conservation consultant for the house. Mr Ang and the URA were the architectural, engineering and conservation team who realised the restoration project.

This talk is in conjunction with URA’s 2014 Architectural Heritage Awards series of events.

[Image: NUS Baba House.]

To view the e-flyer, please click here.

Exhibition Tour:
Kebon Indah: Mintio & Kabul, Kelompok Batik Tulis Sido Luhur, Collaboration (NUS Baba House) 

28 August 2014 (Thursday)
25 September 2014 (Thursday)
30 October 2014 (Thursday) *Repeat Sessions*

6.30pm - 7.30pm
NUS Baba House

Limited capacity: 15pax
Free Admission

To register, please email babahouse@nus.edu.sg or call 6227 5731

For more information, please click here

[Image: Ibu Tuti in the Mitoni ceremony, 2012, Cyanotype with batik tulis, natural dyes on cotton, handpainted with synthetic dyes]

Heritage Community Series
Ancestral Worship Practices of the Babas

15 October 2014 (Wednesday)

6.30pm - 8.30pm
NUS Baba House, 157 Neil Road

Free admission with registration. Limited to 30pax. To register, please email babahouse@nus.edu.sg.

Ancestral worship is an ancient practice in traditional Chinese society. It is linked to the Confucian idea of filial piety and seeks to honour the deeds, sacrifices and memories of the deceased. Family members conduct prayers and make offerings before ancestral tablets in the home or temple and at the graves. 
 
In this session, Baba Chan Eng Thai talks about ancestral worship practices in Peranakan Chinese households. He will cover the history and development of this tradition and the types of offerings and their significance. Baba Eng Thai will also share with us how ancestral rituals are carried out for different occasions such as on death anniversaries, weddings and Chinese New Year.

About the Speaker

Chan Eng Thai is a lawyer and graduated with a LL.B Honours (London) Barrister-at-Law, Middle Temple from the University of London in 1985. He is descended from two Peranakan families and is passionate about pantun writing. Eng Thai has been in the main committee of The Peranakan Association of Singapore (TPA) for 10 years and currently serves as the Second Vice President. Proud of his Baba roots, he shares his knowledge on the cultural heritage of the Peranakans through talks given at the Peranakan Museum and Friends of the Museums (FOM).

[Image: Altar and Offerings at the Chan Residence, Singapore, C. 2013, Photo courtesy of Chan Eng Thai.]

To view the e-flyer, please click here.
 

 

 


Heritage Community Series
De-mystifying Chinese Portraits: Style, Structure and Status 


3 October 2014 (Friday)

6.30pm - 8.00pm
NUS Baba House, 157 Neil Road

Free admission with registration. Limited to 30pax. To register, please email babahouse@nus.edu.sg.

Join Pauline Ong as she traces the history of portraiture in Chinese Art and compares it to the style of painting by the European masters. Clara Chan continues with a discussion on the development in style and functions, using selected portraits displayed at the Baba House.

The practise of portraiture and likenesses in portraiture has a long tradition stretching back to Chinese artwork in tomb murals dating to the Warring States period. The development of portraiture had been relatively late as classical Chinese paintings featuring calligraphy or themes of landscapes, flowers and birds were highly sought after. These were considered to have a high level of stylisation, mystical appeal, and surreal elegance.

In the Song dynasty, portrait painting became more standard and sophisticated. It further evolved after missionary Matteo Ricci’s visit to China in 1572 during which, he shared his knowledge on the European way of painting with Chinese artists. Chinese style of painting now incorporated Western techniques such as lighting and shading.

Heritage Community Series
Encouraged by the growing community of Singaporeans actively committed to exploring history and raising cultural awareness, the Heritage Community Series is introduced as a platform where independent researchers, heritage enthusiasts and collectors share their encounters, perspectives and experiences.

[Image: Lim Kim Swee, Ancestor Portrait of Wee Boon Teck, 1899, Singapore, Gouache, Watercolour and Gold Leaf on Paper, 114.5 x 83.5 cm, Gift of Wee Lin.]

To view the e-flyer, please click here.
 

 

 

Heritage Community Series
Decorative Art Nouveau Tiles: Luxuriant Flowers and Other Forms


24 September 2014 (Wednesday)

6.30pm - 8.00pm
NUS Baba House, 157 Neil Road

Free admission with registration. To register, please email babahouse@nus.edu.sg.

Join us for a talk by Victor Lim, an avid tile collector, to find out more about ceramic tiles, in particular those with Art Nouveau patterns commonly known as “Peranakan” tiles. He will take us on a brief historical journey of the manufacturers and share a few tricks on keeping them in good condition.

Decorative ceramic tiles were used in the latter half of the Victorian era in thousands of houses. They were glazed and incorporated designs predominately based on floral motifs.

When these tiles gained popularity with the Chinese and Peranakan communities in South East Asia, various auspicious Chinese elements were introduced into the decorative designs. These included the dragon, phoenix, qilin, flowers and fruits such as the pomegranate and pineapple. Such tiles can be seen on the external walls of shophouses in areas such as Blair Plain, Emerald Hill, Joo Chiat, Katong and so forth.

[Image: Ceramic tiles in the Family Hall, NUS Baba House Image courtesy of Tan Keng Khoon.]

To view the e-flyer, please click here.
 

 

 

Heritage Community Series
Emily of Emerald Hill - A Modern Asian Woman?


10 September 2014 (Wednesday)

6.30pm - 8.00pm
NUS Baba House, 157 Neil Road

(Fully subscribed)
Free admission with registration. To register, please email babahouse@nus.edu.sg.

Set in the 1950s, Emily of Emerald Hill is a one-woman play chronicling the life of a nonya Emily Gan, and her struggles with patriarchy and the hierarchical order among the womenfolk in her in-law’s household.

In her youth, she became aware of the expectations that society had of a woman. Using her wits, she made herself an indispensable member of the family, and in the process gained influence and dominance over the others. A shadow was cast on her triumphs with the loss of her son and estrangement from her husband.

This powerful play revolves around the triumphs and tragedies of a strong willed Peranakan woman who tried to improve her position in life against a backdrop of demands and expectations defined by gender. Is Emily’s life still played out in today’s households? Join panellists Deborah Tan, Kelly Reedy, Tan Dan Feng and Stella Kon for a lively discussion on Emily as a representation of the 21st century Asian woman. 

[Image: Margaret Chan as Emily of Emerald Hill. Image courtesy of Edmund Low.]

To view the e-flyer, please click here.
 

 

 

Curating Lab 2014 - Curatorial Roundtable 02
Dis-positions: Between Artistic Practice and Curatorial Practice


4 September 2014 (Thursday)

6.30pm
National Library Building, Imagination Room, Level 5

Moderator: Anca Rujoiu (Centre for Contemporary Art, Singapore)
Speakers: Michael Lee & Florin Tudor

While the debate on the intersections between the artist and the curator continues, much of such discussions and theorisations continue to move at the expense of discerning the local contexts within which they are articulated. This session is an attempt to add to this ongoing debate concerning artistic practice and curatorial practice; but at the same time it insists also on a plurality within this discussion by examining the different contexts where artistic practice and curatorial practice may meet.  

For more details, please click here.

Free Admission. To register, please email museum@nus.edu.sg.

 

Exhibition Tour:
Kebon Indah: Mintio & Kabul, Kelompok Batik Tulis Sido Luhur, Collaboration (NUS Baba House) 

29 May 2014 (Thursday)
26 June 2014 (Thursday)
31 July 2014 (Thursday) *Repeat Session*

6.30pm - 7.30pm
NUS Baba House

Limited capacity: 15pax
Free Admission

To register, please email babahouse@nus.edu.sg or call 6227 5731

For more information, please click here

[Image: Ibu Tuti in the Mitoni ceremony, 2012, Cyanotype with batik tulis, natural dyes on cotton, handpainted with synthetic dyes]

Presenting Portraiture Series:
Caricature Workshop 

12 & 19 July 2014 (Saturdays)

2.00pm - 4.30pm
NUS Baba House
Fees: S$68/pax

Limited to 20 participants. Fees include all workshop materials.

To register, please email museum@nus.edu.sg or call 6227 5731

Recommended for ages 13 and above. Please make payment by 9 July upon receiving confirmation email. Registration is confirmed only upon payment of workshop fees.

For more information, please click here

[Image: Caricature Artist, Adam Chua. Image courtesy of Caricaturist.sg]

Presenting Portraiture Series
A Survey of Chinese Portrait Painters in Nineteenth Century Singapore and Java

2 July 2014 (Wednesday)

7 - 9pm
NUS Museum

Free admission with registration. To register, email museum@nus.edu.sg or call 6516 8817.

The work Chinese portrait painters for their Peranakan clients in the Straits Settlements and the Dutch East Indies is undocumented. A Survey of such works from the nineteenth century, and of their obscure creators, some of whom were itinerant, add new perspectives about the genesis of modern art in the region, and also raises questions about national art and even Peranakan art.

[Image: Portrait of a Man in Blue Mandarin Robe and Lady in Black Baju Panjang and Yellow-Orange Sarong with Brown Designs, Unsigned, c. 1890, Indonesia, Oil on Canvas, 54 x 39 cm. ]

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Singapore’s Urban Heritage:
Chinese Clan Houses


27 June 2014 (Friday)

9.30am - 12.30pm

$16 (for NUS students)
$25 (NUS staff and general public)

We regret to inform that the tour has been fully registered. Limited to 15 pax. To register, email babahouse@nus.edu.sg or call 6227 5731

Please make payment by 22 June 2014 at NUS Museum upon receiving confirmation email. Details on directions and meeting point will be sent after payment is made.

[Image: View of The Jinrickshaw Station (1990)]

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Creative Linocut Printing
In conjunction with Children’s Season 2014

21 June 2014 (Saturday)
28 June 2014 (Saturday) *Repeat Session*

2pm - 4.30pm

NUS Museum

Age Group: 7 years – 12 years

Fees: $68/per pair. Limited to 15 pairs of parent child per session. (Minimum of 10 pairs to proceed.)

To register, email museum@nus.edu.sg or call 6516-8817 / 4616. Registration is confirmed only upon payment of workshop fees.

For more information, please click here

[Walking Tour] Picturing Colonial Singapore: Situating photographic practice within the urban landscape of 19th century Singapore

13 or 20 June 2014 (Fridays) (Repeat Session)

9.30am - 12.30pm


$16 (for NUS students)
$25 (NUS staff and general public)
Limited to 15 pax

We regret to inform that the tours are fully registered. To register, email museum@nus.edu.sg or call 6516 8817.

[Image: G R Lambert & Co, Portrait of Tan Jiak Kim, c. 1900, Singapore, Photograph, 71.8 x 46.6 cm]

For more information, please click here.

"When you get closer to the heart, you will find cracks..."
Stories of Wood by The Migrant Ecologies Project

Exhibition Opening - 12 June 2014 (Thursday)

7pm

NUS Museum

Free Admission with registration.

[Image: Together Again (Wood Cut) Part V: EVIDENCE. Woodprint collage on paper, Lucy Davis 2014.]

For more information, please click here

Family Fun with Clay Art
In conjunction with Children’s Season 2014

7 June 2014 (Saturday)
14 June 2014 (Saturday) *Repeat Session*

2pm - 4.30pm
NUS Museum

Age Group: 7 years – 12 years

$50/pair. Limited to 15 pairs of parent child per session. (Minimum of 9 pairs to proceed.)

To register, email museum@nus.edu.sg or call 6516-8817 / 4616. Registration is confirmed only upon payment of workshop fees.

For more information, please click here

A Journey Along the Railway Corridor [Fully subscribed]

1 June 2014 (Sunday)

9am - 12.30pm

NUS Baba House

Limited capacity: 20pax.
Free Admission

To register, email babahouse@nus.edu.sg or call 6227 5731.

[Image: Bukit Timah Station. Photo courtesy of Dr Lai Chee Kien]


For more information, please click here.

Singapore’s Urban Heritage:
Chinese Clan Houses


3 May 2014 (Saturday)

1 - 4pm
NUS Baba House

$16 (for NUS students)
$25 (NUS staff and general public)

We regret to inform that the tour has been fully registered. Limited to 15 pax. To register, email babahouse@nus.edu.sg or call 6227 5731

Please make payment by 25 April 2014 at NUS Museum upon receiving confirmation email. Details on directions and meeting point will be sent after payment is made.

[Image: View of The Jinrickshaw Station (1990)]

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Grounded Conversations:
Re/Visiting, Re/Thinking, Re/Writing


[book launch + panel discussion]

2 May 2014 (Friday)

7pm
NUS Museum

Free Admission. To register, please email museum@nus.edu.sg.

[Image: Gallery impression of Persistent Visions | Erika Tan, NUS Museum 2009]

For more information, please click here.

Presenting Portraiture Series:
Lam Qua’s Portraits: Looped


9 April 2014 (Wednesday)

7pm
NUS Museum

Free Admission. To register, please email museum@nus.edu.sg.

[Image: Two frames from Grieve Perspective’s video ‘Qua Auq’ sourced from Lam Qua’s Portrait No. 60]]

For more information, please click here.

Talk:
Cham Dwellings and Architecture in Vietnam


3 April 2014 (Thursday)

7pm - 9pm
NUS Baba House

Free Admission. Seating capacity is limited to 30 persons. To register, please email babahouse@nus.edu.sg or call 6227 5731.

[Image: Cham house in Ninh Thuan, Central Vietnam. Photo courtesy of Dr. Mohamed Effendy]

For more information, please click here.

Exhibition Tour: Kebon Indah: Mintio & Kabul, Kelompok Batik Tulis Sido Luhur, Collaboration (NUS Baba House)

27 February 2014 (Thursday) & 27 March 2014 (Thursday)

6.30pm - 7.30pm
NUS Baba House

Limited capacity: 15pax.
Free Admission

To register, please email babahouse@nus.edu.sg, or call 6227 5731.

[Image: Ibu Tuti in the Mitoni ceremony, 2012, Cyanotype with batik tulis, natural dyes on cotton, handpainted with synthetic dyes]

For more information, please click here.

History and Its Currency Talk Series -
Contrapuntal Alliances:
Reconsidering Domesticity through Architecture and Film by Lilian Chee & Looi Wan Ping


20 March 2014 (Thursday)

8pm - 9.30pm
NUS Museum

Free Admission

To register, please email museum@nus.edu.sg, or call 6516 8817. Light refreshments will be served before the talk.

For more information, please click here.

Cyanotype on Batik Workshop:
Mintio & Kabul, Kelompok Batik Tulis Sido Luhur, Collaboration (NUS Baba House)

19 March 2014 (Thursday)
7pm - 8.30pm

22 March 2014 (Sunday)
12pm - 5pm

29 March 2014 (Sunday)
12pm - 5pm

NUS Baba House

$225.00 per person(inclusive of all workshop materials)
Limited for 12 participants. Recommended ages 13 and above.
Free Admission

To register, please email babahouse@nus.edu.sg, or call 6227 5731.

Payment is to be made by 12 March at NUS Museum upon receiving confirmation email.

For more information, please click here.

Foundations:
The Malayan Forum, 65 years on


15 March 2014 (Saturday)

4pm - 4.30pm
NUS Museum

Free Admission

To register, please email museum@nus.edu.sg, or call 6516 8817. Light refreshments will be served before the talk.

For more information, please click here.

History and Its Currency Talk Series:
Transcribe / Translate / Transpose / by Heman Chong


13 March 2014 (Thursday)

8pm - 9.30pm
NUS Museum

Free Admission

To register, please email museum@nus.edu.sg, or call 6516 8817. Light refreshments will be served before the talk.

For more information, please click here.

Heritage Community Series (Talk)-
In The Eye Of The Beholder with Khir Johari


8 March 2014 (Saturday)

2pm
NUS Museum

Free Admission

To register, please email museum@nus.edu.sg, or call 6516 8817. Light refreshments will be served before the talk.

For more information, please click here.

History and Its Currency Talk Series:
The Pinterest Instinct by Tan Pin Pin

A talk series In conjunction with Writing Lab and NUS Arts Festival 2014

6 March 2014 (Thursday)

8pm
NUS Museum

Free Admission

To register, please email museum@nus.edu.sg, or call 6516 8817.

For more information, please click here.

Cyanotype on Fabric Workshop:
Kebon Indah: 
Mintio & Kabul, Kelompok Batik Tulis Sido Luhur, Collaboration (NUS Baba House)


22 February (Saturday)
1 March (Saturday) *Repeat Session*

2.00pm - 4.00pm
NUS Baba House

Limited capacity: 20pax per session. Recommended for ages 13 and above.
Fees: $30 per participant (inclusive of all workshop materials)

To register, please email babahouse@nus.edu.sg, or call 6227 5731.

[Image: Kabul exposing the prints and washing off remnant solutions from cloth]

For more information, please click here.

History and Its Currency Talk Series:
Making Multilingual Theatre:
The Strange Case of 'National Language Class' by Paul Rae


13 February 2014 (Thursday)

8pm
NUS Museum

Free Admission

To register, please email museum@nus.edu.sg, or call 6516 8817.

For more information, please click here.

Writing Lab 2014: Call for Applications
In conjunction with NUS Arts Festival 2014

Writing Lab 2014 is a seven-week script-writing mentorship programme, running from 13 February to 27 March 2014 facilitated by Huzir Sulaiman of Checkpoint Theatre, and organised by NUS Museum for NUS Arts Festival 2014. Under Huzir's guidance, students will write short plays that draw from, refer to, or intersect with the collections of NUS Museum. The programme will consist of one mentoring session and one public talk per week, culminating in a public script reading session on 27 March 2014 during the NUS Arts Festival 2014.

Application is open to all tertiary students (university, polytechnic, junior college) aged 18 - 25. Please click here to download the application form. Application forms must be completed and submitted via email to museum@nus.edu.sg by 2 February 2014. Incomplete or late applications will not be considered.  

For more information, please click here.

The Portrait Studio: Behind the Scenes

5 December 2013

7.00pm - 9.00pm
NUS Museum

Free Admission

To register, please email museum@nus.edu.sg, or call 6516 8817.

[Image: Paul & Co. Portrait of Wee Eng Cheng, c. 1920, Singapore, Photograph]

For more information, please click here.

Art Workshop: Family Fun with Batik Art 


30 November 2013 (Saturday)
14 December 2013 (Saturday) (Repeat Session)

2.00pm - 4.30pm
NUS Museum

$40 per pair. (Limited to 16 pairs of parent and child per session)
Registration is confirmed only upon payment of workshop fees.

Age Group: 7 - 12 years old

To register, please email museum@nus.edu.sg, or call 6516 8817 / 4616.

For more information, please click here.

 

Inherited and Salvaged

An exhibition opening

27 Nov 2013 (Wednesday)

6.30pm
NUS Museum

Free Admission

To register, please email museum@nus.edu.sg, or call 6516 8817.
 

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In Search of Raffles' Light

An exhibition opening

20 Nov 2013 (Wednesday)

6pm
NUS Museum

Free Admission

To register, please email museum@nus.edu.sg, or call 6516 8817.
 

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NUS Museum’s Biennale Reception 2013 

NUS Museum invites you to our Biennale Reception, a parallel event of the Singapore Biennale 2013 If The World Changed for Curatorial and Artist Tours with our four featured artists, Erika Tan, Michael Lee, SHIMURAbros and Charles Lim. 

24 October 2013 (Thursday)

4pm - 6pm
NUS Museum

Free Admission

No registration is required. For enquiries, please email museum@nus.edu.sg.

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Grounded Conversations:

With Jimmy Ong

11 October 2013 (Friday)

7pm - 9pm
NUS Museum

Free Admission

To register, please email museum@nus.edu.sg or call 6516 8817.

[Image: Jimmy Ong, Chinatown Suite XXI: 5, “30 Minutes”- Self-portrait, 1985, Ink and charcoal on paper, 37.5 x 55 cm]

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International Conference:

Peranakan Communities in the Era of Decolonization and Globalization

27 September 2013 (Friday)

9am - 5pm
Possibility Room, National Library Building

Please make payment by 18 September at NUS Museum upon receiving confirmation email. Registration is confirmed only upon receipt of payment.

Conference Fee (includes lunch and two teas):

$10 (NUS/NTU Students & Staff, NUS Museum/Baba House & Chinese Heritage Centre Docents & Volunteers)

$20 (Public). 

Limited spaces.To register, email conference2013@nus.edu.sg or call 6227 5731.
 

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Malaya Black and White Film Screenings:

The Borneo Story Trilogy
with Tom Harrisson

18 September 2013 (Wednesday)
Part 1 - Borneo from the Beginning/ Birds' Nest Soup/ Cavemen of Today

2 October 2013 (Wednesday)
Part 2 - Peoples of the Tinjar River/ The Dayaks/ The Rainforest

16 October 2013 (Wednesday)
Part 3 - Fisherman of the Coast/ Highlanders of the Equator/ The Swamp

7 - 9pm
NUS Museum

Free Admission

To register, please email museum@nus.edu.sg indicating which screening you would like to attend, or call 6516 8817.
 

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Taiping Tianguo
An exhibition opening

7 September 2013 (Saturday)

7pm - 9pm
NUS Museum

Free Admission

To register, please email museum@nus.edu.sg or call 6516 8817 for more details.

NUS Baba House 5th Anniversary Event:
Special Weekend Tours

7 September 2013 (Saturday)
14 September 2013 (Saturday) (Repeat Session)

4pm – 5.30pm
NUS Baba House.

Please make payment by 1 September 2013 at NUS Museum upon receiving confirmation email.

Fees Per Session:
$16 
(For NUS Students)
$25 (NUS Staff & General Public). 
Limited to 15 pax per session.

For enquiries, please email babahouse@nus.edu.sg or call 6227 5731 for more details.

[Image courtesy of Alvin Ong]

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Archiving Apin:
Works and Documents from the Mochtar Apin Collection
An exhibition opening

30 August 2013 (Friday)

7pm – 9pm
NUS Museum

Free Admission

To register, please email museum@nus.edu.sg or call 6516 8817 for more details.

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Artist Talk with Erika Tan

[In-conjunction with the exhibition ‘Come cannibalise us, why don’t you?’ | Erika Tan ]

27 August 2013 (Tuesday)

7pm – 8.30pm
NUS Museum

Free Admission

To register, please email museum@nus.edu.sg.

[Image: Erika Tan, Jail Museum Mirror, Digital Print, 2013, Artist Collection]

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Heritage Walking Tour Series:
Motifs and Meanings

A walking tour by Mrs. Patricia Bjaaland Welch

24 August 2013 (Saturday)

1pm – 3.30pm
NUS Baba House.

Please make payment by 17 August 2013 at NUS Museum upon receiving confirmation email. Details on directions and meeting point will be sent upon confirmation and payment.

Fees Per Session:
$16 
(For NUS Students)
$25 (NUS Staff & General Public). 
Limited to 15 pax.

For enquiries, please email babahouse@nus.edu.sg or call 6227 5731 for more details.

[Image: Master Bedroom at the NUS Baba House, 157 Neil Road.]

Between Here and Nanyang:
Marco Hsu's Brief History of Malayan Art

An exhibition opening

21 August 2013 (Wednesday)

7pm – 9pm
NUS Museum

Free Admission

To register, please email museum@nus.edu.sg or call 6516 8817 for more details.

[Image: Marco Hsu’s 1963 Chinese publication, 马来亚艺术简史, A Brief History of Malayan Art.]

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Film Screening:
East of Sumatra

31 July 2013 (Wednesday)

7pm - 9pm

NUS Museum

Free Admission

To register, please email museum@nus.edu.sg or call 6516 8817/ 64616 for more details.

Film Screening:
Malaya

10 July 2013 (Wednesday)

7pm - 9pm
NUS Museum

Free Admission.
To register, please email museum@nus.edu.sg or call 6516 8817 for more details.

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Film Screening:
The Jungle Princess

19 June 2013 (Wednesday)

7pm - 8.30pm
NUS Museum

Free Admission.
To register, please email museum@nus.edu.sg or call 6516 8817 for more details.

[Image: From The Jungle Princess Poster]

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Introduction to Mosaic (Advanced Workshop)
In conjunction with Children's Season 2013

15 June 2013 (Saturday)

22 June 2013 (Saturday) (Repeat Session)

2pm – 4.30pm
NUS Museum

$40 per pair. (Limited to 15 pairs of parent and child per session)
Registration is confirmed only upon payment of workshop fees.

Age Group: 5 - 12 years old

To register, please email museum@nus.edu.sg or call
6516 8817 / 4616 for more details.

[Image: Mosaic Picture Frame]

Introduction to Mosaic (Beginners Workshop)
In conjunction with Children's Season 2013

8 June 2013 (Saturday)

2pm – 4.30pm
NUS Museum

$30 per pair. (Limited to 15 pairs of parent and child per session)
Registration is confirmed only upon payment of workshop fees.

Age Group: 5 - 12 years old

To register, please email museum@nus.edu.sg or call
6516 8817 / 4616 for more details.

[Image: Mosaic Tiles]

Film Screening:
East of Borneo

5 June 2013 (Wednesday)

26 June 2013 (Wednesday)

7pm - 8.30pm
NUS Museum

Free Admission

To register, please email museum@nus.edu.sg or call 6516 8817 for more details.

[Image: Film still , East of Borneo]

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Fun with Herbs and Spices Workshop In conjunction with Children's Season 2013

25 May 2013 (Saturday)

2pm - 4pm NUS Museum

$15 per pair. (Limited to 15 pairs of parent and child) Registration is confirmed only upon payment of workshop fees. Age Group: 5 - 12 years old To register, please email museum@nus.edu.sg or call 6516 8817 / 4616 for more details.

[Image: Left: Herbs, Right: Spices]

Grounded Conversations Series:
With filmmaker Surabhi Sharma

16 May 2013 (Thursday)

7pm - 9pm
NUS Museum

Free Admission
To register, please email museum@nus.edu.sg or call 6516 8817 for more details.

[Image: Courtesy of Surabhi Sharma]

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Heritage Walking Tour Series:
Motifs and Meanings

A walking tour by Mrs. Patricia Bjaaland Welch

2 May 2013 (Thursday)
11 May 2013 (Saturday) (Repeated session)

1pm - 3.30pm

Please make payment by 23 April at NUS Museum upon receiving confirmation email. Details on directions and meeting point will be sent upon confirmation and payment.

Fees Per Session:
$16 (For NUS Students)
$25 (NUS Staff & General Public).
Limited to 15 pax.

For enquires, please email babahouse@nus.edu.sg or call
6227 5731 for more details.

[Image: Master Bedroom at the NUS Baba House, 157 Neil Road.]

 

Cultural Heritage of Sufi Nizamuddin Aulia
in South Asia

An audio-visual presentation by Yousuf Saeed

8 May 2013 (Wednesday)

6pm - 8pm
NUS Museum

Free Admission
To register, please email museum@nus.edu.sg or call 6516 8817 for more details.

[Image: Courtesy of Yousuf Saeed]

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Film Screening:
The Letter

23 April 2013 (Tuesday)

7pm - 9pm
Ngee Ann Kongsi (NAK) Auditorium
Education Resource Centre, NUS University Town

Free Admission

To register, please email museum@nus.edu.sg or call
6516 8817 / 4616 for more details.

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Heritage Walking Tour Series:
Neil Road Heritage Trail


20 April 2013 (Saturday)

A walking tour by Mr Kelvin Ang (from the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) of Singapore)

1pm - 3.30pm
Details on directions and meeting point will be sent upon confirmation and payment.
NUS Baba House

$16 (for NUS students)
$25 (NUS staff and general public)

Limited to 15 pax. To register, email babahouse@nus.edu.sg or call 6227 5731

Please make payment by 25 April 2014 at NUS Museum upon receiving confirmation email. Details on directions and meeting point will be sent after payment is made.

[Image: View of The Jinricksha Building at the junction of Tanjong Pagar and Neil Road in 1965]

 

Presenting Portraiture Series:
Visiting the Ancestral Home A talk by Angkana Koelnsperger and Chia Hock Jin


17 April 2013 (Wednesday)

6.30pm - 7pm: Cocktails
7pm - 8pm: Panel Discussion

NUS Baba House

Free Admission. Seating capacity is limited to 30 persons.
To register, please email museum@nus.edu.sg.

For more information, please click here.

Film Screening:
Frank Buck's Tiger Fangs


10 April 2013 (Wednesday)

7pm - 9.30pm
NUS Museum

Free Admission. To register, please email museum@nus.edu.sg.

For more information, please click here.

Presenting Portraiture Series:
Chasing the Wild Goose A talk by Patricia Bjaaland Welch


21 March 2013 (Thursday)

7pm - 9.30pm
NUS Museum

Free Admission. To register, please email museum@nus.edu.sg.

For more information, please click here.

Film Screening:
Chasing the Dragon on Film


20 March 2013 (Wednesday)

7pm - 9pm
NUS Museum

Free Admission. To register, please email museum@nus.edu.sg.

For more information, please click here.

Film Screening:
Bring 'em Back Alive


13 March 2013 (Wednesday)

7pm - 9pm
NUS Museum

Free Admission. To register, please email museum@nus.edu.sg.

For more information, please click here.

The Portrait Speaks
A talk by Alvin Ong


6 March 2013 (Wednesday)

6.30pm - 8pm
NUS Baba House

Free Admission. Seating capacity is limited to 30 persons. We regret to inform that the talk has been fully registered.
To register, please email babahouse@nus.edu.sg.

[Image: Alvin Ong, Philamae Sim, 2012, 80 x 140cm, Acrylic on canvas. Image courtesy of the sitter and artist]

For more information, please click here.

Grounded Conversations:
Ideas & Practice – An Afternoon with Chong Fahcheong


2 March 2013 (Saturday)

2pm - 4pm
Emily Hill
11 Upper Wilkie Road
Singapore 228120

In conjunction with Textures, Tones & Timbres: Art of Chong Fahcheong, this talk brings participants to the artist’s studio for a glimpse of the activities and processes that take place before a sculpture is available for public view.

Free Admission. To register, please email museum@nus.edu.sg.

[Image: Chong Fahcheong and 'Cube Gate' displayed at NUS Museum.

For more information, please click here.

Film Screening:
China Seas


20 February 2013 (Wednesday)

7pm
NUS Museum

Free Admission. To register, please email museum@nus.edu.sg.

For more information, please click here.

Heritage Walking Tour Series:
Neil Road Heritage Trail


2 February 2013 (Saturday)

A walking tour by Mr Kelvin Ang (from the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) of Singapore)

1pm - 3.30pm
Details on directions and meeting point will be sent upon confirmation and payment.
NUS Baba House

$16 (for NUS students)
$25 (NUS staff and general public)

We regret to inform that the tour has been fully registered.
Limited to 15 pax. To register, email babahouse@nus.edu.sg or call 6227 5731

Please make payment by 25 April 2014 at NUS Museum upon receiving confirmation email. Details on directions and meeting point will be sent after payment is made.

[Image: View of The Jinricksha Building at the junction of Tanjong Pagar and Neil Road in 1965]

For more information, please click here.

Textures, Tones & Timbres:
Art of Chong Fahcheong


An exhibition opening

31 January 2013 (Thursday)

7pm
NUS Museum

Free Admission. To register, please email museum@nus.edu.sg.

[Image: Chong Fahcheong, Dune Seat, 2011, Marble, 175 x 132 x 45cm]

For more information, please click here.

Film Screening:
Across to Singapore (1928)


23 January 2013 (Wednesday)

7pm
NUS Museum

Free Admission. To register, please email museum@nus.edu.sg.

For more information, please click here.

Your Voice Is Mine
An exhibition opening


19 January 2013 (Saturday)

2pm - 6pm
NUS Museum

Free Admission. To register, please email museum@nus.edu.sg.

[Image: Makiko Koie, From the series G, Kr-1, 2008, C print mounted on Plexiglas, 73 x 100cm, Artist Collection]

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Grounded Conversations:
Artists, Sites, Practice

A roundtable discussion with Alfredo Esquillo Jr., Charles Lim, Lucy Davis, Renato Habulun and ShimuraBros in conversation with Roxana Waterson

Sat 10 Nov,11am – 1pm
NX Gallery, NUS Museum

Free Admission

To register, please email museum@nus.edu.sg or call 6516 8817 for more details.
Closing date: 7 November 2012.

[Image: Renato Habulan and Alfredo Esquillo Jr., Mga Hinirang (Chosen People), film still, 2012]

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Malaya Black & White Film Series
The Tiger of Malaya, Marai no Tora (1943)

Wed 24 Oct, 7.30pm – 9.30pm
NUS Museum

Free Admission

To register, please email museum@nus.edu.sg or check the NUS Museum blog for more details.

Held in conjunction with the exhibition Camping and Tramping Through the Colonial Archive: The Museum in Malaya, the Malaya Black & White film series present another aspect of the colonial archive – the moving image. Cinematographic representations of Malaya take centre stage here. Feature films, documentaries and propaganda materials are also included.

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Maintaining Heritage Series :
A Journey Along the Railway Corridor

A walking tour by Dr. Lai Chee Kien,
Department of Architecture,
National University of Singapore

Sat 13 Oct, 9am – 12pm
Bukit Timah and Tanjong Pagar Railway Station

Tour fee:
$16 (for NUS students),
$25 (NUS staff and general public
Limited to 25 pax.

To register, email babahouse@nus.edu.sg or call 6227-5731.

Please make payment by 5 October 2012 at NUS Museum upon receiving confirmation email.

* Details on directions and meeting point will be sent upon confirmation and payment.

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NUS Museum Open House 2012

Thu 23 Aug, 6pm – 9.30pm
NUS Museum

The NUS Museum “Open House 2012” presents a delightful evening of art, sounds, and words set within the galleries of the museum, where artists and audience are invited to perform, read and play.

[Image: Artwork on the right by Speak Cryptic]

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Curating Lab 2012: Curatorial-Intensive and Internship Programme 2012

Phase 1. Curatorial-Intensive 30 July 2012 to 6 August 2012

Phase 2. Internship. 13 August to 2 November 2012

Phase 2. Regional Field Trip. 10 to 12 September 2012

Phase 3. Final Exhibition Project.



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