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Fah Thai Magazine July/August 2017

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SINGAPORE CULTURE

From artsy cultural

offerings to mindblowing

trips into

3D immersive

experiences – all set

against Instagram-worthy

backgrounds – Singapore

is brimming with

opportunities to explore

amazing art and exhibits.

Who says museums are

boring? Certainly not in

the Lion City.

Opening Page

Light installations

cast colours on

the facade of the

National Museum

of Singapore. The

spectacular canvas is

part of the Singapore

Night Festival,

which is set to return

in August.

IN THE BEGINNING

With its inception as the Raffles

Library and Museum dating back to

1887, the current National Museum

of Singapore is the island’s oldest

museum. Step into this white

neo-classical edifice and you’ll

find yourself under the iconic

rotunda dome delicately decked

with stained glass. The exhibitions

here trace the history of the island

as it changed and evolved through

the years, from its days called

Singapura, to the Crown Colony,

Syonan-To, and finally, Singapore.

There’s also a museum section that

explores how Lee Kuan Yew and

his team built the foundation for

modern Singapore during the first

ten pivotal years of independence.

Homegrown artist Suzann

Victor’s shimmering chandeliers

greet you at the bridge that links the

original building with its modern

wing. Featuring more than 14,000

Swarovski crystals, the chandeliers’

swinging patterns evoke the

movements of a soaring mythical

creature, signalling a shift towards

a more imaginative, larger-thanlife

experience that awaits you in

the Glass Rotunda. “Story of the

Forest,” a digital art installation

by the renowned Japanese art

collective teamLab, stirs up wonder

and excitement with a 360-degree

immersive animation inspired by

the William Farquhar Collection

of Natural History Drawings. It’s a

sure-fire way to mark your visit on

a high note.

EXPLORE A FUSION CULTURE

Small yet interesting, the

Peranakan Museum weaves a

beautiful tapestry of the mixed

ethnic descendants of Chinese

traders who settled and married

the locals in the former Straits

Settlements, which are now

Singapore, Penang, and Malacca.

From language and fashion,

to religious beliefs and dining

customs, the exhibition

showcases many elements of

this merged culture that arose

from intermarriages. Gape at the

extensive collection of Nyonya

(women of Peranakan descent)

embroidery and beadwork.

Everyday household items like

curtains, bedcovers and slippers

were painstakingly stitched with

minuscule beads and gold and

silver threads. Motifs and designs

reflect a mix of influences from

Chinese auspicious symbols to

European-inspired flora and fauna

embroidery patterns. A must for

arts and crafts aficionados.

Top

The museum’s

elegant building

impresses

with neo-classical

architecture.

Bottom, Clockwise

Exhibition galleries

in the National

Museum

Immerse in a digital

universe at the Future

World exhibition,

ArtScience Museum

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