NUS Museum Past Exhibitions

Sculpting Life: The Ng Eng Teng Collection

Until 29 Nov 2015
NUS Museum

Free Admission.

Presented as an open storage and second in a series of permanent exhibitions on artist Ng Eng Teng, Sculpting Life brings together a range of works that facilitate a mapping of the artist’s history and his explorations. Gathered are early pieces completed during his formative years at the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (Singapore), Stoke-on-Trent College of Art (UK) and as a ceramic designer in Ireland from the late 1950s and 1960s; early explorations in ceramics and ciment fondu that foreground the mature phases of his practice; and seminal sculptural pieces that marked his importance among a generation of Singapore artists emerging during period of the 1960s. Documentations, drawings and maquettes will accompany the selection, providing an expansive view of his practice. The exhibition is also devised to prompt a mapping of themes and conceptual concerns of the artist. Significant among these, explorations into the human condition through an evolving articulation of the human form and their emotive potentials, and by doing so, he invests into them oblique and direct references to questions of self and identity.

[Image: Ng Eng Teng, Fright (detail), 1979, Ciment fondu, paint, lacquer, NUS Museum Ng Eng Teng Collection]

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106 Joo Chiat Place: 
The Ng Eng Teng House

Till 30 June 2013
NUS Museum

Free Admission.


The Ng Eng Teng House, located at 106 Joo Chiat Place was also known as ‘Studio 106’. It was not only the home of Singapore sculptor Ng Eng Teng, but was also used as his workplace until his passing in 2001. It was then turned into a residency space for artists and later acquired by a developer. Architecturally known as a panggung house, it is one of the remaining few of its kind in Singapore. This exhibition, as a laboratory that invites multiple readings and speculations, features an accumulation of objects as found and collected from the house, placed alongside archival documentation such as newspaper articles and images relating to and of the artist Ng Eng Teng.

[Image: Gallery impression, 106 Joo Chiat Place: The Ng Eng Teng House, NUS Museum, 2012]


Camping and Tramping Through the Colonial Archive:
The Museum in Malaya

Till 2 June 2013
NUS Museum

Free Admission.

This exhibition traces the rise of the Museum in British Malaya from the 19th century, not just as an indicator of power over what was considered as the exotic but also as an acknowledgement of the advent of the Museum that led to a broader project of knowledge gathering and ordering.

[Image credit: Raffles Museum of Biodiversity Research Collection. Photo by Nurul Huda]