Recently, i am invited to attend the Treasures of the World from the British Museum at the National Museum of Singapore (Walking distance from doby gaut MRT) . The exhibition is an eye opening experience. i am quite fortunate to visit with a curator and thus it makes the exhibition very interesting with explanation from the curator of selected pieces. i think the exhibition is worth going at least once because it does show some of the treasures of the world that reminds of earlier stages as well as there are interactive section if you have kids, to bring them to experience these pieces and let them relates to the current world.
So for now let us read on and see how our Minister Grace Fu as the Guest of Honour at the National Museum of Singapore.
The highly-anticipated blockbuster exhibition, Treasures of the World from the British Museum was officially opened by Guest of Honour, Minister Grace Fu at the National Museum of Singapore on 4 December 2015.
Minister Fu looks at the stone handaxe that is about 800,000 years old. It is the oldest artefact presented in the exhibition.
Minister Grace Fu said, “This collaboration between our National Museum and the British Museum reflects the strong ties we share between our cultural institutions, and between our countries. Through this exhibition, the British Museum has generously shared with us its treasured collection including items from the personal collection of Sir Stamford Raffles which has great significance to Singapore as we celebrate our Golden Jubilee. It will be an exhibition that will allow us to be educated again on our history and reflect on the place of Singapore’s culture in the world.”
Ms Szan Tan, Senior Curator, National Museum of Singapore; Ms. Angelita Teo, Director, National Museum of Singapore; Mr Brendan Moore, Curator, British Museum; Mr. Richard Eu, Chairman, National Museum of Singapore Board; Ms. Grace Fu, Minister for Culture, Community and Youth; Ms. Jane Portal, Keeper of the Department of Asia, British Museum; Ms. Yeoh Chee Yan, Permanent Secretary, Ministry for Culture, Community and Youth; Mrs. Rosa Daniel, CEO, National Heritage Board; Mr Tan Boon Hui, Assistant Chief Executive, National Heritage Board.
Minister Fu toured the exhibition that encompasses more than two million years of abundant culture and history, and features relics from ancient cultures and treasures spanning Africa, the Middle East, Asia, Europe, the Americas and Oceania.
Minister Fu viewing the Blue-and-White Porcelain Dish that was produced at the imperial ceramic factory at Jingdezhen in north-eastern Jiangxi province. It is decorated in cobalt-blue under the glaze with a fruiting and flowering melon plant, and in the well with eight flowering plants, all joined in a continuous scroll.
In this picture, British Museum Curator Brendan Moore highlights one of the earliest recorded batik cloths that is part of the British Museum’s Sir Stamford Raffles collection.
The exhibition also includes items collected by Sir Stamford Raffles when he was in Southeast Asia, such as a Javanese mask and a kris and scabbard dating back to the early 19th century.
Minister Fu at one of the Young Explorers’ Zones to take a closer look at the materials used in some of the artefacts on display.
Treasures of the World from the British Museum has two Young Explorers’ Zones which contain activity sheets and learning stations that enable children and their parents to explore and discover different objects from around the world that are presented in the exhibition.
Minister Fu in front of El Anatsui’s Woman’s Cloth in The Modern World section of the exhibition.
The blockbuster exhibition is the largest and most comprehensive show from the British Museum’s collection in Singapore to date. Besides visiting the exhibition, visitors can also enjoy public programmes such as workshops, curated tours, lectures by representatives from the British Museum and other historians, as well as theatre performances in the gallery. The exhibition catalogue and selected merchandise from the British Museum are also available for sale at the museum’s Museum Label shop.
Treasures of the World from the British Museum is presented by the National Museum of Singapore and organised by the British Museum and runs at the National Museum from 5 December 2015 to 29 May 2016. Admission fees apply. Student entry are free. For more information visit, www.nationalmuseum.sg
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