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Published May 24th 2017
Calling art connoisseurs! We summarize art and culture related talks held in local museums across the island for all readers.

Joseon, ACM SG, Defense of Busanjin Fortress, Asian Civilisations Museum, Empress Press, Korean history, Seung-joon Lee, National University of Singapore, Gourmets in the Land of Famine: the Culture and Politics of Rice in Modern Canton
Defense of Busanjin Fortress, 1760. Byeon Bak. Photo courtesy of Asian Civilisations Museum

Joseon Korea and Early Modern East Asia

Joseon dynasty (1392–1897) was the centrepiece of the modern transformation in East Asia. Dynamic interactions with neighbouring countries had helped to shape Korean identity. Traditional Korean art and culture blossomed as a result of the exchanges. This talk is conjunction with the current exhibition, Joseon and Early Modern East Asia.

Dr. Seung-joon Lee offers a revisionist narrative of Joseon Korea and its place in early modern East Asia. He is a lecturer in modern East Asian history at the National University of Singapore and the author of Gourmets in the Land of Famine: the Culture and Politics of Rice in Modern Canton.

Date: 26 May 2017
Time: 7pm - 8.30pm
Venue: Ngee Ann Auditorium, Asian Civilisations Museum
Cost: Free

National Museum Singapore, HistoriaSG, Bruce Lockhart, National University of Singapore, history lecture, free public talk sg
View of Singapore from Mount Wallich by Percy Carpenter, 1856. This painting showcases the religious diversity in 19th-century Singapore. It features a number of places of worship, such as Al-Abrar Mosque, Thian Hock Keng and Nagore Dargah along Telok Ayer Street, as well as the Cathedral of Good Shepherd in the background. Photo courtesy of National Museum of Singapore

HistoriaSG: Religions in Singapore: A Historical Overview

The multi-religious environment in Singapore has existed for nearly 200 years. Each of the various religious traditions in the city-state has its own stories and its own places in the city state's history. This talk will give an overview of the history of religion in Singapore, looking at the five largest groups – Islam, Buddhism, Taoism, Hinduism and Christianity – and the major landmarks in their growth here.

The speaker is Bruce Lockhart, Associate Professor in the History Department at the National University of Singapore. His specialization is the history of mainland Southeast Asia with strong interests in the history of Asian culture and religion.

He will share his views on the five largest groups including how the traditions, which came along with religious beliefs, have grown and expanded beyond the particular ethnic groups that first introduced them to Singapore.

To register, please click here.

Date: 27 May 2017
Time: 11am – 12.30pm
Venue: Gallery Theatre, Basement, National Museum of Singapore
Cost: Free

Radiant Material: A Dialogue in Vietnamese Lacquer Painting

Curator Phoebe Scott will discuss how the Vietnamese featured in the exhibition have used Vietnamese lacquer painting as a vehicle for artistic innovation.

Date: 16 June 2017
Time: 7.30pm -8.30pm
Venue: Singtel Special Exhibition Gallery C, National Gallery Singapore
Cost: Free

Yayoi Kusama, National Gallery Singapore, free art talk, Singapore art lecture, museum round table
Yayoi Kusama. Life is the Heart of a Rainbow. ©Yayoi Kusama. Courtesy of Ota Fine Arts, Tokyo / Singapore,Victoria Miro, London, David Zwirner, New York. Photo courtesy of National Gallery Singapore

Curatorial Round Table: Yayoi Kusama

The curatorial conversation will focus on the works of Yayoi Kusama, a Japanese contemporary artist. Her works are known to remain popular and relevant up to this date since she was propelled to fame in late 1960s. She is well-known for her brightly coloured polka dots.

Date: 17 June 2017
Time: 3pm -4pm
Venue: City Hall Wing, Level B1, The Ngee Ann Kongsi Auditorium, National Gallery Singapore
Cost: Free

As all museums have limited capacities, do register or come early to secure your seats. All lectures will start on time.
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Why? Free public talks on arts & culture
When: 26 May - 17 June 2017
Where: Asian Civilisations Museum, National Museum of Singapore, and National Gallery Singapore
Cost: Free admission. On first come, first serve basis
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