Showing posts with label P.Heritage. Show all posts
Showing posts with label P.Heritage. Show all posts

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Singapore Arts Musuem

In tandem with the celebration of the National Heritage Board 15th aniversary, there would be free admissions for all to Singapore Arts Musuem from 1 Aug to 15 Aug after 1500 hrs.

My girlfriend and I visited the Arts Museum on the 9th Aug 08, which is Singapore's National Day, and surprisingly there was hardly any crowd in the musuem though it was its open house on the day.

Where have the crowds gone to? One can logically deduce that thousands have flocked to see the National Day Parade but deducting this amount, there should still be at the very minimum small numbers of visitors to the museum but we did not see that.

On the contrary, it was the foreigners and expatriates which made the bulk of the visitors on that day. Singapore really has a long way towards an arts hub as Singaporeans, in my opinion, are too concerned and fixated on the real practical aspects of life which affect them such as the rising inflation, price hikes of all items to be able to really enjoy the finer things of life.

Friday, August 08, 2008

Of Phones and Life

I became the proud owner of a sleek and modern 3G phone recently, not that I want to use, or I need a 3G phone but it was the best offer in a bundled package, so I immediately grabbed the deal.

3G allows one to watch TV shows, use internet, listen to music at the click of a button on the phone but those TV shows and internet services come at a premium! It was reported months before that a man actually ‘lived, ate, breathed, slept and talked 3G’ for a month and when the handphone bill for that particular month arrived, he had the shock of his life! His cyberlife on his 3G phone amounted to more than $10,000!

These said, I find we can draw parallels between the evolution of the modern handphones with that of modern man:

I had a ‘dinosaur phone’ the 3310, a 2G phone 3230 and now the recent N series 3G phone (all from Nokia). The 3230 has since failed which prompted me to get a new handphone and surprising after all these years, the 3310 functions as well as before, standing strong and steady while its more modern counterparts with more complicated functions fell prey to malaises, crippling their functions. The same analogy extends to man, the more complicated a man’s lifestyle becomes, the more problems he faces. The simpler the life, the fewer problems one faces (but one cannot get all the way beyond the minimum requirements and possessions to sustain life). This fact is best epitomised in the people of some countries where though they are poor but they are happy.

I do observe however modern equipment including handphones have shorter life spans compared to those of their predecessors. The many varied functions all encompassed in one equipment causing more complications and faults are one reasons I could think of. Another reason could be due to ‘forced obsolesce’ of the equipment by the manufacturers so as to increase their sales and services.

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Of David and the Renaissance man

My second visit to the National Museum, I met David again. No, David is not my friend, it is a stature, symbolising strength and human beauty. David is familiar to me for I have already seen him back during my primary school times, and only vaguely remembered that he was one of the two masterpieces from Michelangelo, Italian Renaissance painter, sculptor, architect, poet and engineer.

Seeing him in ‘person’ for the second time this year, I felt an affinity to him and I felt that I must do justice to him by knowing more about him:

David was actually a young Israeli King, and the stature portrayed his form before his battle with Goliath, a Philistine warrior. The stature symbolized the defence of civic liberties

Turning back to its sculptor, Michelangelo, modern man should take a leaf from this man who is commonly known as a Renaissance man. A Renaissance man is a Polymath, a man who excels in multiple fields. I would definitely aspire to be a Renaissance man as it means trying all aspects of life and living life to the fullest.

Sunday, February 10, 2008

Greek Masterpieces from the Louvre

The current refurbishment of the Louvre’s Classical Greek and Hellenistic galleries affords an unexpected and unique opportunity to present a selection of Greek masterpieces at the National Museum of Singapore. Despites Louvre’s huge collection of over 45,000 Greek and Roman artefacts, it seldom loans more than a dozen items at a time from the department. The present exhibition is not only exceptional in this respect- with 130 works of Greek Arts on loan here- it is also the first time that many of the objects have left the Louvre since arriving there. Normally separated according to material, a division imposed by architectural constraints at the Louvre (stone sculptures are exhibited on the ground floor, while vases, bronzes and terracotta figurines are displayed on the first floor, where the floorboards can only support the weight of small objects), this exhibition is therefore a rare chance to view objects of different materials displayed thematically. Carefully selected, the artefacts combined to give an overview of Greek civilisation at its political and artistic height in the so-called classical period (5th to 4th centuries BCE).

The exhibition begins with an introduction to Athens and aims to conjure up, through portraits of famous men, depictions of foundation myths and works of arts associated with the Acropolis and the city’s burial-grounds to provide a sketch of the environment in which the Greeks lived.

Tuesday, September 04, 2007

National Museum

Does the new National Museum look like a wonder of Singapore?


Decades may pass, facades may change, but Chinatown remain the social, religious and cultural hub of Singapore !

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