Exhibitions & Events
Interior Design as a Contemporary Art Medium in Germany
An international touring exhibition developed by the Institute of Foreign Cultural Affairs (Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen, ifa for short), Stuttgart, Germany and presented by the National Museum of Singapore in cooperation with the Goethe-Institut Singapore
Wed 21 Jan – Sun 12 Apr 09
Exhibition Gallery 2 and Canyon
Free Admission

Where does ‘design’ end and ‘art’ begin? What connects the two? When are they mutually exclusive? What makes an object of classic design become an object of contemporary art?

The artists in Come-in are posed these questions and they attempt to find answers through their varied responses. They approach the designs of furniture, ceramics, textiles, interior architecture, and publishing from a contemporary art perspective. Towards this end, they adopt a range of media including drawings, installations and sculptures to models, photography and videography.

The results can sometimes be unusual while at other times, enigmatic and full of irony, but always challenging and inspiring both as art and design.

Come-in Design Competition
Wed 21 Jan – Sun 29 Mar 09
10am – 6pm daily
Exhibition Gallery 2, Basement

Select an exhibit from Come-in: Interior Design as a Contemporary Art Medium in Germany and sketch an original Singapore-style version of it. Convince judges by explaining, in no more than 100 words, why your interpretation is typically Singaporean.

1st prize S$1,500
2nd prize S$1,000
3rd prize S$800

1st prize S$800
2nd prize S$500
3rd prize S$300

Select one exhibit from the exhibition. Based on the chosen exhibit, you must attempt the tasks below.

1. Sketch your own Singapore-style version of one of the artworks presented in the exhibition.

2. Explain in not more than 100 words why the sketched artwork is typically Singaporean.

Registration details
Please visit our website at www.nationalmuseum.sg to retrieve the registration form and rules/regulations. Alternatively, you may contact Rachel at 6332 3584.

Christian Lacroix
the costumier
Presented by the National Museum of Singapore
Organised by Centre National du Costume de Scène, Moulins, France
Friday 20 March – Sunday 7 June 2009
National Museum of Singapore, Exhibition Gallery 1 and Canyon (Basement)
Admission fee to be confirmed

The virtuoso haute couture designer Christian Lacroix, who is known for defining the look of the 1980s with its bright colours and extravagant embellishments, presents his splendid costume design work of 20 years for the ballet, theatre and opera in this exclusive exhibition.

In Asia for the very first time, 80 spectacular costumes and 60 sketches from the collection of the Centre National du Costume de Scène (National Costume Centre, Moulins, France) and from Lacroix himself, will take stage at the National Museum of Singapore from March to June 2009.

Lacroix's inspiration for productions such as Carmen, Gaîte Parisienne, Othello, Cosi Fan Tutte and Phedre are eclectic, drawing from a wide variety of sources, and are at once historical and yet modern. A knowledgeable and mischievous storyteller, the splendid costumes tells of tales of love and hate, and the dramas of comedy and tragedies.

Staged Lives: Cake
by Ladykillers (Australia)
19 - 21 March 2009, 8pm
21 – 22 March 2009, 3pm
50mins without interval
Gallery Theatre, Basement

Beginning as a series of short stories by Astrid Pill, Cake is a bittersweet mix of songs and storytelling. Cake moves backwards, forwards and sideways through memory and fantasy, from the first to the third person and back again as it traces a woman's experience of loss and distraction.
Cake is about the process of recovery and letting go of the past in unexpected ways. It's about being inside a body that experiences appetite, fullness, pregnancy, desire and emptiness and about the absurdity, pain, complexity, mess and escapism of romantic love. Beautiful, funny and highly musical, Cake is a treat for the senses.

Staged Lives: Strange Resting Places
by Taki Rua Productions (New Zealand)
26 - 28 March 2009, 8pm
28 March 2009, 3pm
80mins without interval
Gallery Theatre, Basement

With music and comedy in Maori, Italian and English and some hilarious and moving characters, Strange Resting Places shines a light on the complex emotional bonds of New Zealand’s wartime history and the three universals that Maori shared with the Italians: whanau, food and song – not to mention wily cunning, vino and a passion for the ladies.

Strange Resting Places is theatre crafted from extensive research, contemporary storytelling and personal experience.

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National Museum Cinémathèque
Le Bonheur / Happiness
Dir: Agnes Varda
1965 / France / 85 mins / 35 mm / Rating TBC
In French with English subtitles
Tuesday 10 March 2009
National Museum of Singapore, Gallery Theatre
S$8 (S$6.40 concession)

Agnes Varda’s third feature film, Le Bonheur, examines the viability of monogamy in the age of free love and the search for happiness in a time of total unrest. Visually stunning, her first colour film, denoting a strong interest in colour, shows every image bathed in brilliant light and colour combinations that, along with Mozart’s music on the soundtrack, depicts a stylized representation of marriage. Of the film, Varda has said, “I tried, with a very simple subject, to do Impressionist painting”. Varda’s deep affection for each of her characters even as they make terrible choices that bring them to eventual doom makes a statement about sexual politics and the fleeting nature of human affection that feels modern even though is was made forty-three years ago.

Francois and Therese are a young, happily married couple with two charming, obedient children. (played by real life family Jean-Claude and Claire Drouot and their two children). He works as a craftsman in his uncle’s artisan furniture shop, she is a dress-maker tailoring to brides-to-be. As in their work so is their relationship, she is doting and constantly seeking affirmation of his love for her and he, driven by passion. After a chance encounter with Therese (Marie-France Boyer), a younger woman who bears a striking resemblance to his wife, falls in love with her and begins an affair. He rationalizes to both women that the situation is “happiness by addition” pointing out that by having a lover on the side makes him a better husband to his wife nor is he a terrible partner to his mistress because she is a modern woman allowed to remain free from the shackles of marital expectations.

Varda’s background as a painter and sense of dark, whimsical humour give Le Bonheur a demented fairytale quality that transcends the bleak narcissism that marked some of the more revered works of the French New Wave movement.

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Persistence of Memory: The Introverted Cinema of Terence Davies
Presented by National Museum of Singapore
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Of Time and the City
2008 | UK | 74 min | Digital Beta | Rating to be advised
Sunday 1 March 2009
Gallery Theatre
$8/ $6.40 concession for each film

From the original voice of the great British auteur, Terence Davis, comes the visual poem Of Time and The City. It is a visual poem which draws on the first 28 years of the director’s life – his life in Liverpool until he left in 1973. “Cut it as if it were fiction” Davies says with “images which speak” and a layered soundtrack of popular and classical music, voices, radio clips and a powerful, poignant voiceover by the auteur. Of Time and The City is a very personal portrait of Liverpool, beyond its Beatles and its football clubs, the home of the writer’s birth, where youth and inspiration weave his own story into the recent history of the City with fascinating found footage and counterpointed sound.

The film is structured as memories, fractured and bubbling up from beneath the surface, visiting and revisiting the places of the narrator’s childhood, his community’s childhood, moving from the past to present and back again but always with a gentle forward push to the end of what is now gone and always grasping the fragments which remain locked within. And always in the hands of a masterful voice which guides the audience with his strength, his poetry, his candour and his anger.

For lovers of Davies’ previous work many of his themes from his earlier narrative pieces thread through this film – Catholicism, homosexuality, violence, death, loss, the glory of cinema, outsider-ness and childhood. But Of Time and The City also documents the memories, the City and the country which shaped those themes in the growing artist and weaves beyond them a complete web of the artist’s vision. A vision which is woven with his own characteristic magic. There are beautifully paced rhythms of poetry (some from T.S. Elliot) and prose with silence to make space for the images which need no words and music to counterpoint other footage with additional layers of emotion.

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