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.

Sketches must be attached to completed registration forms and dropped in the Come-in Competition box located in the exhibition by Sunday, 29 March 2009, 12 noon.

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.

Staged Lives: Singapore Love Letters
Singapore Love Letters by Action Theatre in collaboration with National Museum of Singapore
Thur 5- Sun15 Feb 09 | 8pm daily
7, 8, 14 &15 Feb | Additional 3pm show
(no performance on 9 Feb 2009)
Gallery Theatre

At the heart of Singapore Love Letters are two amazing stories. Akan datang, a funny, nostalgic and touching play about an enchanting love affair between a couple in 1960's - inspired by a series of love notes found behind 50-year-old movie tickets; and Wife #11, an untold story set in 1920's about a charismatic polygamist and his eleven wives.

A unique Valentine theatrical experience, audiences will be wowed by lively multimedia sequences, fun audience interactive 'love games' and a segment featuring dramatized presentations of actual love letters contributed by Singaporeans.

Thursday 5 February 2009 - Friday 6 February 2009, 8pm
Saturday 7 February 2009 - Sunday 8 February 2009, 3pm & 8pm
Tuesday 10 February 2009 - Friday 13 February 2009, 8pm
Saturday 14 February 2009 - Sunday 15 February 2009, 3pm & 8pm

S$35 to S$50 Standard
*Excluding SISTIC ticketing charges.

Counter Sales
Tickets can be purchased at any SISTIC authorised agents island-wide.
For ticketing enquiries, please call +65 6348 5555.

Staged Lives: Story of a Rabbit by Hoi Polloi (UK)
Presented by National Museum of Singapore
Wed 18 Feb 09, 8pm / Thu 19 Feb 09, 8pm
Fri 20 Feb 09, 8pm / Sat 21 Feb 09, 3pm / Sat 21 Feb 09, 8pm
Duration: 80mins without interval
Gallery Theatre

When Hugh finds his neighbour's rabbit lying dead in his garden, the only sensible thing to do is to put it in a box. But it doesn't fit. As he puzzles over what to do with the body he starts to wonder how much of life disappears once we die...

Combining Hugh's uniquely charming theatricality and his best friend Aled's music, Story of A Rabbit lifts the lid on life's final mystery. A comic and curiously uplifting new show celebrating the complexities of death.

WINNER Fringe First 2007
NOMINEE Total Theatre Award 2007

Wednesday 18 February 2009, 8pm
Thursday 19 February 2009, 8pm
Friday 20 February 2009, 8pm
Saturday 21 February 2009, 3pm
Saturday 21 February 2009, 8pm

S$30 Adult
Early Bird promotion (11 Dec - 25 Jan) and concession available.
Please click on the respective schedule to purchase tickets online.

Counter Sales
Stamford Visitor Services Counter: 10am - 7.30pm daily
For enquiries, please call +65 6332 3659 / +65 6332 5642.

National Museum Cinémathèque
Persistence of Memory: The Introverted Cinema of Terence Davies
Presented by National Museum of Singapore
27 Feb – 1 Mar 09
Gallery Theatre
$8/ $6.40 concession for each film

The Terence Davies Trilogy
1984 | UK | 101 min | 35mm | Rating to be advised
Friday 27 February 2009

Part I
The theme is violence – social and domestic – and its effect on the main character Robert Tucker – in Liverpool. It is told in a series of extended flashbacks and reveals incidents from his childhood, his Catholic upbringing and how they have affected his adult life. Constant bullying at school and a violent and sick father at home – all these events are intertwined with Tucker’s view of his own sexuality. The film ends with a memory – the death of his father.

Part II
Madonna & Child
It is a film about the conflict between Catholicism and sexuality. A severe and intimate portrait of Robert Tucker in middle age who is trapped between his private and public personae. A dutiful son and conscientious worker, he is also a man for whom religion and sexuality have become synonymous. This dilemma produces in him an overwhelming sense of despair from which he feels there is no escape.

Part III
Death & Transfiguration
Part Three completes the story in more ways than being merely the final installment. It is summing-up of Tucker’s life and his attitudes towards the remembered events of his life and his coming to terms with his mortality. In this synthesis of memory, times past and present merge into the single moment which puts into a new perspective Tucker’s life and the trilogy as a whole.

Distant Voices, Still Lives
1988 | UK | 80 min | 35mm | Rating to be advised
Saturday 28 February 2009

Terence Davies’ stunning debut feature Distant Voices, Still Lives, was instantly recognised as a masterpiece on its release in 1988 and the director is hailed as one of Britain’s most gifted and remarkable filmmakers.

Drawn from his own family memories, Distant Voices, Still Lives is a strikingly intimate portrait of working class life in 1940s and 1950s Liverpool. Focusing on the real-life experiences of his mother, sisters and brother whose lives are thwarted by their brutal, sadistic father (a chilling performance by Pete Postlethwaite), the film shows us beauty and terror in equal measure. Davies uses the traditional family gatherings of births, marriages and deaths to paint a lyrical portrait of family life – of love, grief, and the highs and lows of being human, a ‘poetry of the everyday’ that is at once deeply autobiographical and universally resonant.

The Long Day Closes
1992 | UK | 85 min | 35mm | Rating to be advised
28 February 2009

Terence Davies’ lyrical hymn to childhood revisits the same territory as his prize winning debut feature Distant Voices, Still Lives, this time focusing on his own memories of growing up in a working-class, Catholic family in Liverpool.

Eleven-year-old Bud (a heartbreaking performance from Leigh McCormack) finds escape from the greyness of 1950s Britain through trips to the cinema and in the warmth of family life. But as he gets older, the agonies of the adult world – the casual cruelty of bullying, the tyranny of school and the dread of religion – being to invade his life.

Time and memory blend and blur through Davies’ fluid camerawork; slow tracking shots, pans and dreamlike dissolves combine to create the world of Bud’s imagination and the lost paradise of childhood.