Why not different roles for museums?

The new National Gallery Singapore focuses on South-east Asian art.
The new National Gallery Singapore focuses on South-east Asian art. ST PHOTO: YEO KAI WEN

I refer to the article New Chapter In History ( Life, Nov 24).

Would we not be better off structuring the focus of our museums according to disciplines?

The National Gallery can then hone its knowledge and expertise in painting, sculpture and art installation, while the Singapore Art Museum may be positioned as South-east Asia's premier destination for photography, film-making, video art and new media, including a fully equipped cinematheque and film studio that may be transferred from the National Museum of Singapore.

The National Museum can then focus on showcasing the applied arts, such as fashion and textile design, print-making, the decorative arts, interior design, architecture and so forth.

All three museums can work with the National Library Board to set up speciality libraries as part of their community outreach efforts.

Sylvester Toh

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 28, 2015, with the headline ''. Print Edition | Subscribe