Vintage Singapore Visits The Brunei Gallery London

By Culture24 Staff | 12 December 2008
A picture of the cover of the Vintage Singapore exhibition, featuring a portrait of a woman, a red telephone, a record, some glasses and a small box

The exhibition charts Singapore's history

Exhibition preview: Vintage Singapore - Souvenirs From The Recent Past, The Brunei Gallery, London from January 22 2009 until March 21, 2009.

Since separating from Malaysia in 1965, Singapore has established itself as an exceptionally forward-thinking country, and it’s currently one of the richest countries in the world. But a retrospective view of the microstate’s history visits London’s Brunei Gallery next month in the form of Vintage Singapore, an exhibition from the National Museum of Singapore’s collection.

A picture of various small headshots of people

Iconic snapshots feature

A documentation of the meteoric rise of Singapore in the aftermath of the Second World War, the show features rare footage and iconic objects from the period between 1950 and 1970, which it describes as “glory years”. As the smallest nation in the region rattles towards a seemingly utopian future, the display digs up distant memories of its fledgling evolvement, exploring the cultural and socio-economic search Singapore embarked upon to establish its identity.

A picture of a record, cup of tea and other pop art icons in vivid colours

Pop art elements chart the influence of American culture on Singapore

American culture played an influential role in the fundamental changes the Singaporean way of life went through at the time, providing a vivid and colourful backbone to the exhibition, bursting with film, music, visual and pop culture references. Fashion, entertainment and movie memorabilia figure heavily in vintage imagery, depicting the rise of a nation and aiming to provide insights into the future en route.

A picture of piles of cinema tickets in blue, pink, grey, yellow and orange colours

Cinema tickets from the period

Runs January 22, 2009 - March 21, 2009

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