Recently, Baby E and I have been walking along Orchard Road apart from the usual route that we usually take. Instead of strolling within the city jungle amidst towering glamorous malls down the stretch of the main Orchard Road, we had been enjoying the relatively unostentatious “back alley” of Orchard Road – treading our feet on Devonshire Road, Penang Road, which further leads to Fort Canning Road, etc.
It is refreshing to change our routine walks occasionally, as it allows us to perceive different parts of Singapore through rose-coloured glasses.
We have also started to visit museums. We are particularly interested in the current exhibition featured in the National Museum of Singapore – “A Changed World: Singapore Art 1950s – 1970s”, that branches into 2 segments – “The People’s Collection – A Special Exhibition” and “Sketches of a Changed World”.
About “A Changed World: Singapore Art 1950s – 1970s”
This exciting exhibition explores the development of Singapore Art in light of the rapid changes that took place in Singapore after World War II. It charts the artists’ own engagement with changes in Singapore’s political, economic, social, and urban landscape, and how they expressed their responses through Art.
- The People’s Collection – A Special Exhibition
This enthralling exhibition is a display of treasured items of the past possessed by older-generation Singaporeans. In fact, this exhibition is based on a documentary series titled “Treasure Hunt” that was telecasted on Channel NewsAsia. The documentary, centers on the idea that “there is a little bit of history in all our homes”, and involves a call to Singaporeans to bring out the objects that they hold dear. The items showcased in the documentary, ranging from intricate memorabilia to the cherished heirlooms of individuals, families, collectors and institutions across the country, are currently presented at the National Museum of Singapore as part of this special exhibition highlighting our collective heritage. Featuring the personal stories behind each of these objects and their collectors, this exhibition is a testament to how everyday items, which may otherwise be left unappreciated, could be significant to understanding one’s heritage.
- Sketches of a Changed World
“Sketches of A Changed World” is an exhibition of 50 drawings co-presented by the National Museum of Singapore and Urban Sketchers Singapore in conjunction with “A Changed World: Singapore Art 1950s – 1970s”. True to the Urban Sketchers’ manifesto of drawing on location, regardless of indoors or outdoors, and capturing what they see from direct observation, the sketchers were asked to interpret their meaning of “A Changed World” in the context of Singapore through sketches of any type of media.
Our walk continues into the Singapore Management University (SMU) campus along Bras Basah Road – which is a unique city campus the first of its kind, that is designed, integrated and constructed in the heart of a fully developed cityscape, and surrounded by museums, theatres, educational institutions, art galleries, cafés, restaurants and a range of retail outlets. The architectural design, structure, and location of the SMU campus strongly reflects the fleeting, ephemeral experience of life in an urban metropolis, and yet remains connected to the historical origins of this important district of Singapore.
The campus has porous structures that engage its surroundings with open courtyards and free-flowing walkways, which allow for an easy and natural integration with the hustle and bustle of the city.
In the weeks to come, we would explore further and allow ourselves to be taken to places that are waiting to be appreciated and be perceived in a different light i.e. through the eyes of a mother and her baby girl, who is growing up too fast…
I can’t stop time! No one could! May I be wise to make time to be present with Baby E, being there for her always, whenever she needs me, regardless when she is happy or sad. I desire to use the opportunities given to me everyday, to guide and point her to God, who is all-loving, gracious, faithful and kind. May The Lord grant us wisdom from above, and added grace and strength to fulfill His purpose in our lives, to be worthy parents to Baby E, whom He has so graciously entrusted into our care. We pray this in the precious name of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen!