In celebration of Singapore’s birthday, Singaporeans and PRs will enjoy free admission to the permanent galleries and selected exhibitions at the National Heritage Board’s (NHB) museums and institutions for the whole month of August.
This year, Singaporeans and PRs can take this opportunity to reconnect with our history and heritage, and experience for themselves the diversity and depth of Singapore’s arts and culture through exhibitions such as Islamic Arts from South East Asia: Highlights of the Asian Civilisations Museum at the Asian Civilisations Museum (ACM), 45-65: Liberation, Unrest…a New Nation at the National Museum of Singapore and Seeker of Hope: Works by Jia Aili at the Singapore Art Museum.
Said Mr Michael Koh, CEO of NHB, “As Singaporeans, National Day presents the perfect time to reflect on our shared history and heritage, and our unique identity that binds us together as Singaporeans. Hence, we invite our fellow citizens to join in the celebration of the Singapore story especially during this special occasion.”
In addition, all visitors will enjoy free admission to all exhibitions and galleries during two Open House Days in August – National Day (9 August 2012) and Hari Raya Puasa (19 August 2012). Free admission includes special exhibitions such as Treasures of the Aga Khan Museum: Architecture in Islamic Arts at the ACM, and Gold Rush: Treasures of Ukraine at the National Museum.
Please refer to the information below for the full details on NHB’s August free entry promotion and for the list of special exhibitions happening at NHB museums in August.
Special Exhibitions at NHB Museums
1) Treasures of the Aga Khan Museum: Architecture in Islamic Arts
Venue: Asian Civilisations Museum
Duration: 19 July 2012 – 28 October 2012
Discover the rich artistic traditions of the Islamic world through beautiful paintings, metalwork, ceramics, and architectural elements from the Aga Khan Museum, scheduled to open in Toronto next year. On display will be over 100 works of art – some more than 1000 years old – drawn from Egypt, India, Iran, Spain, Syria and Turkey. The objects illustrate concepts of space and decoration in both religious and secular environments. Look out for lectures, family programmes, and gallery activities to complement your visit to the exhibition.A fully illustrated catalogue is available in the museum shop.
2) Gold Rush: Treasures of Ukraine
Venue: National Museum of Singapore
Duration: Now till 26 August 2012
On loan from the National Museum of the History of Ukraine and the Museum of Historical Treasures of Ukraine, this collection of 260 pieces of jewellery, weapons, coins, and household and religious artefacts, dating from 8th century BCE to 19th century CE, explores the significance of gold as used by the nomadic Scythians through to the golden age of Kievan Rus’ and as crafted in the decorative arts tradition of Ukraine. Accompanying the Ukrainian display is a showcase of gold from Southeast Asia and Singapore. Selected from the National Heritage Board collection, this set of 14th to 20th century jewellery illustrates gold as a symbol of wealth, status and power, and serves as an entry point to appreciating the development of goldsmithing and the flourishing of goldsmith shops in 20th century Singapore.
3) The Wedding Dress: 200 Years of Wedding Fashion from the Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Venue: National Museum of Singapore
Duration: 8 August 2012 – 31 October 2012
This August, the National Museum is proud to present a superb collection of wedding dresses from the Victoria and Albert Museum in London for the very first time. The exhibition also traces the history of the dress and its enduring popularity from the early 1800s to the present day through fascinating accounts about the lives of the wearers, their fashion choices and the economic and social conditions of the time. On display will be gowns by celebrated designers, including Charles Frederick Worth, Charles James, Christian Lacroix, John Galliano, Norman Hartnell, Vera Wang, Vivienne Westwood and Zandra Rhodes.
The exhibition also includes sumptuous wedding dresses worn by celebrities such as Dita Von Teese and Gwen Stefani. In conjunction with the exhibition, there will also be a display of Western and traditional wedding costumes worn by the various ethnic communities in Singapore from the National Museum’s collection at The Canyon.
4) Art Garden 2012
Venue: Singapore Art Museum
Duration: Now till 12 August 2012
The much-loved Art Garden returns this May for the third year running with an engaging range of contemporary artworks by Singaporean and international artists that will appeal to you and your young ones. SAM has used this opportunity to commission Singapore artists, such as Justin Lee and Loh Sau Kuen, to create works for its next generation of art audiences.
The only exhibition in Singapore dedicated to showcasing art suitable for children, works at Art Garden address topical and open-ended issues. In addition, a series of inspiring short films and animations, including animated shorts by young Singaporean students for the N.E.mation! competition series will be screened. Art Garden 2012 is supported by students from Republic Polytechnic.
5) Seeker of Hope: Works by Jia Aili
Venue: Singapore Art Museum
Duration: 6 July 2012 – 23 September 2012
The Singapore Art Museum (SAM) is proud to present this exhibition of works of Jia Aili, whose paintings are a reflection on the dramaticchanges in Chinese society after 2000. Born in a time of open economy and increasing prosperity in China, Jia Aili represents a young generation worried about losing age old traditions and values in a fast evolving world, questioning the true meaning of life. The solitary figures in his epic-scale and visually stunning works seem to be searching for hope amidst the ruins of modern civilisation. In the midst of his desolate landscapes, there exists a yearning and hope for a possibility of redemption and saving.
Seeker of Hope: Works by Jia Aili will showcase a range of Jia’s works, from monumental oil paintings and installations, to delicate paper works. A parallel exhibition entitled Lyrical Abstraction: Works by Jeremy Sharma & Yeo Shih Yun will also be presented. It features new large scale commissions by two young Singaporean painters.
6) Emily of Emerald Hill: An Iconic Singaporean Play
Venue: Peranakan Museum
Duration: Now till 17 February 2013
Written by Stella Kon in 1982, Emily of Emerald Hill tells the story of a Peranakan woman from young bride to strong-willed matriarch in the Peranakan enclave of Emerald Hill, in Singapore. The one-woman play reveals the struggles and sacrifices of the character Emily Gan in the mid-20th century.
Emily of Emerald Hill is one of the most successful plays in Singapore and has achieved considerable international recognition. It is the nation’s most-staged play and critics embrace it for pioneering a convincing voice in local theatre. In its rich characterisation of Peranakan life, it expresses a distinctly Singaporean identity. The exhibition explores this Peranakan background and examines the performance history and legacy of the play within Singapore’s theatre scene. In a special installation, the playwright Stella Kon recalled and re-imagined aspects of her own family’s history. As surely as art and objects, Emily of Emerald Hill is a cherished part of Singapore’s heritage.
7) Imagine Dragons
Venue: Singapore Philatelic Museum
Duration: Now till December 2012
Welcome the Lunar New Year at Imagine Dragons! Through an international collection of stamps, philatelic items and interactive displays, children can go on a quest to explore the world of dragons. This gallery is recommended for children aged 5 t o 10 years old.
Did you know that dragon legends appear in every continent in the world? Meet dragons from across the globe, including ones from Singapore! Discover what makes the mythical creatures tick, explore a dragon’s lair and unearth some ‘real-life’ dragons.
8) Remembering Dr. Sun Yat Sen
Venue: Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall
Duration: Now till 9 December 2012
A collaboration between the heritage institution managed by the National Heritage Board and local organisations and private collectors, Remembering Dr. Sun Yat Sen will feature more than 30 rare artefacts contributed by members of the community. Most of these have never been displayed before. Among the exhibits on display are commemorative memorabilia from schools, associations and organisations that celebrated the 1911 Revolution, such as a commemorative plate printed with the Will of Dr. Sun Yat Sen loaned by local collector Mr Tan Lai Huat, who generously contributed many of the artefacts on display.
Admission Information for August 2012
|Asian Civilisations Museum (ACM)|
|All galleries (including special exhibition Treasures of the Aga Khan Museum: Architecture in Islamic Arts)||$6||Adult – $6|
|Permanent Galleries only||Free||Adult – $5|
Concession – $2.50
|National Museum of Singapore (NMS)|
Gold Rush: Treasures of Ukraine
|$6||Adult – $11|
The Wedding Dress: 200 Years of Wedding Fashion from the Victoria and Albert Museum, London
|Permanent Galleries only||Free||Adult – $10|
The Goh Seng Choo
Gallery – FreeStamford Gallery – Free
|Singapore Art Museum (SAM)|
Art Garden 2012
|Free||Adult – $10 Student – $5|
Seeker of Hope: Works by Jia Aili
|Singapore Philatelic Museum (SPM)|
|The Peranakan Museum (TPM)|
|All Galleries (including Special Exhibition Emily of Emerald Hill: An Iconic Singaporean Play)||Free||Adult – $5|
Concession – $2.50
|Memories at Old Ford Factory (MOFF)||Free||$3|
|Reflections at Bukit Chandu (RBC)||Free||$2|
|Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall (SYSNMH)||Free||Adult – $4|
Child – $2
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(Updated 17 Aug with “17 Aug Hari Raya Muesum Activities” image)
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