The Straits Times
Published on Nov 16, 2012

Similarities between museum design and artwork raise questions


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for the exhibit on Malay poet Masuri S N in the museum's rotunda includes sheets of yellowed paper printed with an unpublished poem and hung to curve downward.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.