Publication: Dressing the Baba | Recent Donations of Portraits

Foreword | Ahmad Mashadi

Preliminary Frames: Fashion, Gender, Class and Modernity in NUS Museum's Straits Chinese Portraits Collection | Foo Su Ling

Dressing the Baba: Recent Donations of Portraits presents a selection from NUS Museum's Straits Chinese collection and foregrounds an exhibition to be held at the Museum in the latter half of 2013. The portraits are gifts from several donors; some pieces coming from the donors’ respective family collections while others were acquired and collected over a period of time. The works range in stylistic approaches and formal qualities. They are collected as examples of early practices in art making, in particular when photographic and artist studios were emerging in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The collection also forms part of the growing category of Straits Chinese material culture and is indicative of the economies of art patronage and cultural projections.

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

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