Curator Tours-Up Close and Personal: Painted Portraits in the Museum’s Collection (14 Oct | 3pm)
45 min each, $25 per person, maximum 20 persons.
Tour participants will receive a 20% discount off museum publications at the museum’s Museum Label shop.
All tickets are strictly non-exchangeable and non-refundable.
Up Close and Personal: Painted Portraits in the Museum’s Collection
by Daniel Tham
Sat, 14 Oct | 3pm
What goes into a portrait painting, and what’s the story behind the portraits in the museum’s collection? In this tour, join curator Daniel Tham as he goes up close and personal with the figures in Singapore’s history that have found their way onto canvas and now the museum’s gallery walls.
Daniel has been a curator with the museum since 2010, specialising in its paintings, drawings, prints and photography collections. He curated the Crown Colony zone in the Singapore History Gallery, and was responsible for setting up the Goh Seng Choo Gallery featuring the William Farquhar Collection of Natural History Drawings.
OTHER CURATOR TOURS IN THIS SERIES:
Looking at Design through Objects
by Vidya Murthy
Sat, 14 Oct | 11am
Come and explore how design has been essential in daily lives. Vidya Murthy will take you through two galleries Modern Colony and Surviving Syonan, and examine various objects on display including the modes of packaging, advertising, propaganda posters and cooking tools. Discover how social and cultural contexts shape the different forms and influence our own responses.
Vidya joined the National Museum of Singapore in 2005, focussing on themes including vanishing trades in Singapore, product and graphic design as well as architectural history in Singapore. Most recently, she curated the recent Voices of Singapore (2015–present), and Celebrating Radio: Sounds from the Past (2016). Vidya has also worked on several international travelling exhibitions such as Gold Rush: Treasures of Ukraine (2012) and Princely Treasures from the House of Liechtenstein (2013), which included the section, The Art of Portraiture: Historical Paintings from the National Collection.
by Priscilla Chua
Sat, 14 Oct | 6pm
Join curator Priscilla Chua as she tells you how the museum puts special exhibitions together with a visit to Witness to War: Remembering 1942, a special exhibition that was launched to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the fall of Singapore this year. Get behind-the-scenes and learn how the exhibition was curated as Priscilla takes you through the space and shares the curatorial approach behind Witness to War.
Priscilla joined the museum in 2008 and has a varied interest in history, including military and sports history. She has curated many Singapore-themed exhibitions including Singapore 1960 (2010) and We: Defining Stories (2014). She focused on Singapore’s post-war history, including Singapore’s economic development, for the 2015 Singapore History Gallery revamp and most recently curated the exhibition Witness to War: Remembering 1942.
All the World’s a Stage:
Ways of Exhibiting
by Iskander Mydin
Sun, 15 Oct | 11am
It is said that a picture is worth a thousand words. For a history museum, what is important? Objects or the history/context or both?
Curatorial fellow Iskander Mydin examines these questions as he shares how the museum’s permanent galleries were designed to enhance visitor understanding and experience of the national collection and our history. Enter the Singapore History Gallery, a once dark and empty three-dimensional space now filled with precious objects, sets, props, sound, lighting and even scent. Re-opened with a new exhibition for Singapore’s Golden Jubilee, the Singapore History Gallery narrates the nation’s growth over 700 years –from the earliest known period of its history in the 14th century until today. Using “visual magnets” such as showcase lighting, ambient lighting, animation, scenography, film and oral history recordings, captions, artwork installation, explore how all these are employed and put together to create a meaningful experience.
Iskander joined the National Museum in 1990 and has an inter-disciplinary background, having studied modern Asian and European history, sociology, psychology, and visual anthropology. His research interests include the social history of the Malay community in Singapore, cultural history of Singapore and colonial art history with reference to historical paintings of the colonial period in Singapore. Iskander led the 2015 revamp of the Singapore History Gallery, and is responsible for the Syonan-To section of the gallery.
by Sharon Lim
Sun, 15 Oct | 3pm
The museum’s collection began with the donation of two ancient gold coins by Temenggong Ibrahim of Johore in 1849, and grew to include artefacts relating to numismatics, zoology and the ethnology of Singapore and Southeast Asia. Looking at a selection of artefacts in the Singapore History Gallery, curator Sharon Lim will share her research on how some of these objects ended up in the museum’s collection over the years. Revealing intriguing stories behind the artefacts, she aims to spark greater curiosity about our cherished collection.
Sharon joined the National Museum in 2014 and was involved in the revamp of the museum’s permanent galleries in 2015. She was part of the team that curated the post-independence sections in the Singapore History Gallery and project-managed the Desire and Danger exhibition in the Goh Seng Choo Gallery. She was the content editor for the museum guidebook Dome in the City, which looks at the National Museum’s history, architecture and collection.