Wednesday, 6 February 2013

Dressing The Baba: Recent Donations of Portraits

[Gallery impression of exhibition, 2012]
Date: 6 December 2012 - 31 July 2013
Venue: NUS Baba House, 157 Neil Road

Visits to the exhibition are by appointment only.
Please contact 6227 5731 or email

This exhibition features a selection of late 19th to early 20th century portraits of individuals and couples from ethnic Chinese backgrounds who were domiciled in Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia. As recent donations, the display surveys portraiture, its functions, and ideas it may convey. Significant to such enquiry is the projection of identities informed by gender, ethnicity and economic status, and the conventions of portrait making that facilitate such projections. Presented at NUS Baba House, previously the residence of a Peranakan Chinese family, the exhibition complements ways of encountering the cultural histories of the Straits Chinese, explored through portraits and their proposed contexts. 

Exhibition supported by Ms Agnes Tan in memory of her father the late Tun Tan Cheng Lock.

Gallery impressions

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