22 January 2009


The Brunei Gallery, in association with the School of Oriental and African Studies and the National Museum of Singapore, is pleased to announce an Exhibition from the collection of the National Museum of Singapore.

VintageSingapore Souvenirs from the Recent Past
22 January - 21 March 2009

From the Press release of the Brunei Gallery:

Rising from the ashes of World War 2, post-war Singapore emerged as a Phoenix in search of a Renaissance. Instinctively seeking change, Singaporeans sought new beginnings in areas as diverse as governance and culture. Looking inward, innovative solutions for housing and industry meant fundamental changes to the Singaporean way of life. Conversely, engaging the world as a small independent country dictated that Singaporeans necessarily absorbed more than they could give. Back in this heady period when the twain did actually meet, a new Singapore sprang forth.

VintageSingapore pays tribute to the dynamism that pulsed through her post-war arteries. While the memories of old Singapore become ever distant, this exhibition showcases rare footages and iconic objects of the period as 'tangible memoirs' of the glory days from 1950s to 1970s: public housing, film, fashion, food, etc. Through displays of unabashed nostalgia, this exhibition 'looks back' so as to highlight some anchors for the Singaporeran identity as the nation rides the rapids into the future.

A fully illustrated catalogue accompanies this exhibition.

Venue: Brunei Gallery, School of Oriental and African Studies, Thornhaugh Street, London WC1H 0XG

Nearest tube stations: Russell Square or Goodge Street
Dates: 22 January-21 March 2009
Open: Tuesday-Saturday 10.30-17.00 (Closed on Sundays and Mondays)
Admission Free