Nov 07 - Mar 08

Neues Bauen (New Building) International 1927 I 2002
Co-presented by the National Museum of Singapore and Goethe-Institut Singapore
Supported by Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen e. V
Wednesday 14 November 07 – Sunday 6 January 08
10am – 9pm, daily
The Concourse, Level 1 and The Canyon, Basement
Free admission

Neues Bauen, or ‘New Building’, is an international architectural movement towards modernism that began in Germany in the 1920s as a protest against the imitation of historical styles. This exhibition explores the architectural movement and its various international developments by presenting buildings and architects, including Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Le Corbusier, Walter Gropius and Frank Lloyd Wright, whose approaches appeared to be more forward-looking and pointing to the future, than they did in their own day. A total of 105 projects by 66 architects or groups of architects is showcased through 23 architectural models and 236 photographs, and grouped according to seven themes, namely detached houses and villas, blocks of flats and housing estates, buildings for education, sport, culture and health, office, commercial and industrial buildings, transport facilities, special projects, and city of the future. These works demonstrate that architects of this Modernist movement advocated the expression of a building’s functionalism in its external form and sought to improve people’s standard of living.

The Neues Bauen International 1927 I 2002 exhibition is based on a 1927 exhibition, International Plan and Model Exhibition of New Architecture, that placed architecture in an international context. The present exhibition represents a 20th century invention that is presented in the 21st century, not a reconstruction of the 1927 exhibition. Conceptualised in 2002, the exhibition conveys the concept of modernism in architecture and provides insights into future planning and urbanism, by presenting architects whose works have impacted cities in the United States and Europe. As an international movement, Neues Bauen has also influenced cities in Latin America and the Middle East, as well as Singapore (which will be discussed in the public lecture).

Neues Bauen – New Architecture. What was so new about it in 1927?
By the curator, Professor Karin Kirsch
Moderated by Dr. Erwin Viray
Wednesday 14 November
7 – 8.30pm
Gallery Theatre, Basement
Free Admission

In this lecture, Professor Kirsch will provide an introduction to the Werkbund exhibition, Die Wohnung (Habitation), in Stuttgart in1927, and its accompanying exhibition, International Plan and Model Exhibition of New Architecture, as these form the basis for the Neues Bauen International exhibition and also help to place the modern architectural movement in international context. But what was new in the architecture known as ‘International Style’, ‘New Building’ or Neues Bauen? Professor Kirsch will highlight the ‘new principles’ of Neues Bauen, which have been taken for granted today.
This lecture will be moderated by Dr. Erwin Viray, currently Assistant Professor at the Department of Architecture of the National University of Singapore. He will also give an overview on how forms and ideas from Neues Bauen can be seen in Singapore housing and lifestyle.

GROOVISIONS in Singapore 2007 (Japan)
Presented by the National Museum of Singapore and Earthworks
Wednesday 28 November 07 – Sunday 6 January 08
10am – 6pm, daily
Atelier, Level 3
Free admission

In an exclusive Singapore debut, GROOVISIONS (GRV) is set to groove with its unique blend of full dimensional graphic designs. Enjoy the award winning motion graphics, innovative products and designs of one of Japan’s leading and most provocative design teams.

Based in Tokyo, GROOVISIONS will be making a rare international appearance in Singapore to share their expressive talents and display retroactive designs and products.

Meet the much-loved and much-talked about icon, CHAPPIE, the affable, multi-dimensional Japanese celebrity character, designed and talent managed by GROOVISIONS.

Greek Masterpieces from the Louvre
Presented by the National Museum of Singapore
Sunday 9 December 07 – Sunday 16 March 08
10am – 6pm, daily
Exhibition Galleries, Basement
Adults: S$8.00
Seniors, Children, Students & NSF: S$4
(gallery packages are available)

Here’s a rare opportunity to view Classical Greek masterpieces from the renowned Louvre museum right here in Singapore! Presented for the first time in Southeast Asia, some 130 exquisite pieces such as the marbles from the Nointel collection, the statues from the royal collection and precious vases, terracotta figurines and gold jewellery from the 5th to the 1st centuries BC will bring to life the story of Athens.
Especially for those who’ve always been fascinated with Greek mythology and the lives of ancient Greeks, this exhibition of magnificent artworks, some as old as 2000 years, is not to be missed.

Look out for our Greek festival booklet for exciting programmes line-up in February to March 08.

Public Art Installation

Public Power
By Twardzik Ching Chor Leng
7 September 07 – 31 March 08
10am – 9pm, daily
Salon Foyer, Level 1
Free admission

Audience participation wanted — put yourself on display and get in touch with the hidden artist in you. Twardzik Ching Chor Leng's fifth public installation in Singapore is an interactive work that features colourful mobile magnetic rods.

Feel free to engage with the artwork by rearranging the sculptures according to your personal taste. Observe how the creative arrangements you make can completely transform the look and feel of the art piece in this unique interactive installation.

Artist Chor Leng’s interest is in exploring how art can exist both within and beyond traditional art spaces. She grounds her artwork in the present by using elements of contemporary architecture such as stainless steel and mass-produced industrial and household objects. By setting up her sculptures in public areas such as office spaces, shopping malls, cafés and underground tunnels, and by encouraging her audiences to interact with her installations, Chor Leng firmly endorses German artist/shaman Joseph Beuys’s statement that “every man is an artist”.

A Day Without A Tree
By Yeo Chee Kiong (Singapore)
Thursday 8 November 07 – Sunday 6 January 08
10am – 9pm, daily
Free Admission

What would the world look like to us without the trees, plants and greenery that we are so used to? Yeo Chee Kiong builds on the theme of ‘forest’ to give us an inside-out view of nature in the world we live in today.

The museum’s Rotunda becomes a personified living body and with global warming, the building melts into a white fluid. The purpose is to create surprising and subverting psychological moments so that the perceived solids are liquefied, and the liquids solidified.

Enter into this converted space and take a moment to absorb the surroundings. You might be intrigued at the surprising emotions that will race through you in a space that has been stripped of green life.

Kleine See
By Takashi Kuribayashi (Japan)
Presented by National Museum of Singapore and STPI
Saturday 1 December 07 – Monday 31 March 08
10am – 9pm, daily
Glass Atrium Foyer, Level 3
Free admission

Takashi Kuribayashi has the ability to surprise his audience with large, visually arresting installations that challenge the architecture and spaces in which they are housed in. Nature is the departure point for all of Kuribayashi’s work. He often uses sea animals such as penguins, seals and dugongs that adapts to water and land, and he presents gravitational force – the fundamental basis of natural law – through water or soil.

But when Kuribayashi’s body of work is examined from the perspective of the materials he uses, nature is in fact not pure nature. The ‘nature’ he presents is made of artificial materials, to prove that freedom is not determined by the mechanic-materialistic causal relationship between the subject and the external world.