Arts picks: National Museum's Farquhar show, rare books at Botanical Art Gallery

The theme of belayar (sea voyage in Malay) is used both literally and metaphorically.
The theme of belayar (sea voyage in Malay) is used both literally and metaphorically.PHOTO: NATIONAL MUSEUM OF SINGAPORE

It might be early in the year but I am declaring this my favourite exhibition of 2021. This revamp of the Goh Seng Choo Gallery is a smart and lyrical show which makes clever use of the Farquhar collection.

It is also a sterling example of how a museum can decolonise narratives and reclaim problematic colonial artefacts for fresh insights.

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