Inherited and Salvaged: Family Portraits from the Straits Chinese Collection presents over fifty painted and photographed portraits donated to NUS Museum. Originating from individual and family collections, and others acquired from antique and ‘karung guni’ dealers, the portraits date from the 19th to early 20th centuries and capture some of the earliest visual representations of Peranakan Chinese in Malaya and the Dutch East Indies. Through this assemblage, the exhibition explores early portrait making industry in the region, the social and cultural contexts sustaining such artistic patronage, and contemporary motivations in collecting and preserving these works.This exhibition is supported by Ms Agnes Tan in memory of her father the late Tun Tan Cheng Lock.
A short essay in lieu of a publication to come. My small but sincere contribution.
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Exhibition on now till 2014 and definitely worth the hike to the university campus.
I will be including a review and commentary soon. Meanwhile, enjoy the brochure and hope to get some feedback!