Thursday, Sep 18, 2014Thursday, Sep 18, 2014
 

Similarities between museum design and artwork raise questions

Published on Nov 16, 2012 12:15 PM
 
The canopy of suspended sheets of paper, which is part of the exhibition on Masuri SN in the rotunda at the National Museum of Singapore. The design for an exhibition now on at the National Museum of Singapore has sparked a discussion online about its similarity to an earlier artwork by Singapore artist Teng Yen Lin. -- ST PHOTO: MARK CHEONG

The design for an exhibition now on at the National Museum of Singapore has sparked a discussion online about its similarity to an earlier artwork by Singapore artist Teng Yen Lin.

The design for the exhibit on Malay poet Masuri S N in the museum's rotunda includes sheets of yellowed paper printed with an unpublished poem and hung to curve downward. The cluster of paper is suspended over text panels and showcases.

As for the work by Teng, a literature undergraduate at the National University of Singapore, it featured yellowed pages of a book suspended in the middle and drooping to form an inverted U-shape. The pages are hung to form a vertical mass.

Titled The Weight Of Words, it was shown in a public exhibition last July.

 
If you are not a subscriber, you can get instant, unlimited access here

Videos