March’s Museum Highlights


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Special Exhibitions & Tours

THE BAG: Carrier bags in Singapore from the 1950s to the 1980s
Till 18 Apr 2010. 10am – 8pm. At the Balcony, Level 2. Free Admission

Photo credit: National Museum of Singapore

We are no strangers to carrier bags made from paper or plastic as a common form of packaging. Paper bags were first locally made around the 1940s for provision shops. Their survival was then challenged by plastic bags as the latter became increasingly popular in the 1980s.

Photo credit: National Museum of Singapore

These carrier bags were created for the customer’s convenience and as alternatives to the rattan basket, newspapers and leaves used to hold food and sundry items. Some households and street peddlers in the past also recycled the carrier bags to store personal effects and trade tools.

This exhibition showcases over 60 paper and plastic bags in the National Museum’s collection, many on display for the first time. Together with contextual photos, the display will highlight different uses of the ubiquitous carrier bag, its role as a mobile advertisement, and also shed lig

Photo credit: Images (c) Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna Egyptian and Near Eastern Collection of Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna

ht on the paper bag business in Singapore – a much forgotten trade that survives today.

Quest for Immortality – The World of Ancient Egypt
Presented by National Museum of Singapore, in cooperation with
Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna, Egyptian and Near Eastern Collection

Till  4 Apr 2010. 10am – 6pm. At Exhibition Galleries, Basement. S$15 (excludes SISTIC fee).

The ancient Egyptian world is often characterised by a fascinating and remarkably supple mental universe. Ancient Egyptians melded images in

ways that often beggar logic. They linked material elements with a realm inaccessible to humans, as reflected both in their daily conduct and their emphasis on the afterlife that led to their quest for immortality.

Quest for Immortality – The World of Ancient Egypt offers an insight to the ancient Egyptian’s attitude to life and the afterlife, and the preparations they made to ensure their transition from earthly existence to immortality. Discover the Egyptians’ means of equipping the dead – through mummification, provision of sustenance, magic and ritual – and explore the evolution of their burial rites as well as the changing relationship between man and ritual through time.

With 230 artefacts spanning from 4000 BCE to 950 CE, this exhibition endeavours to place tomb objects in their social, religious and artistic context, demonstrating the diversity and adaptability of an art that has prevailed in both time and space.

Free Guided Tours

English

Mondays to Fridays                                    11.30am & 2.30pm

Saturdays and Sundays                                    11.30am, 2.30pm, 3.30pm

Mandarin

Saturdays and Sundays                                     1.30pm & 4pm

Ancient Egypt Lecture Series 1

19 – 20 Mar 2010. At Gallery Theatre (Basement). $25 per lecture; package price of *$64 (for 3 lectures). Prices exclude SISTIC charges
Tickets will be on sale at SISTIC now. Ticket price includes admission to the Quest for Immortality – The World of Ancient Egypt exhibition

*Discounts are not applicable to package price

Napoleon in Egypt: The Birth of Egyptology
Speaker: Patricia Remler

Friday, 19 March 2010. 7pm – 8.30pm.

When Napoleon Bonaparte invaded Egypt in 1798, along with his army he brought 150 artists, linguists, and scientists of all kinds to describe Egypt. It would be the first ethnographic study of its kind and also the beginning of modern Egyptology.  In addition to the discovery of the Rosetta stone, the key to deciphering hieroglyphs, they also published the Description de L’Egypte, which was the first accurate representation of Egyptian antiquities to the western world. This massive work took the French 20 years to complete and started a wave of Egyptomania that continues today. This illustrated lecture traces Napoleon Bonaparte’s Egyptian campaign and shows how much modern Egyptology owes to it.

Mummification: Resurrection of a Lost Art
Speaker: Dr Bob Brier

Saturday, 20 March 2010. 1.30pm – 3pm

Join Egyptologist Bob Brier, one the world’s foremost expert on mummies, as he discuss the findings of his mummification project and how it illuminates the ancient Egyptian knowledge of anatomy and medicine. In 1994, Bob Brier and Ronald Wade became the first people in 2000 years to mummify a human cadaver in the ancient Egyptian style. Their goal was to learn more about the tools and surgical procedures used by ancient embalmers to prepare the bodies of the pharaohs. This project was the subject of the National Geographic television documentary, Mr. Mummy.

Secret of the Great Pyramid
Speaker:  Dr Bob Brier

Saturday, 20 March 2010. 3.30pm – 5pm.

The Great Pyramid of Giza is one of the unsolved mysteries of all time. Egyptologists simply do not know how ancient builders raised thousands of 2-ton blocks to the top of the 480-foot pyramid. Dr Brier will present the radical new theory of a hidden internal ramp within the pyramid and the recently discovered evidence for it, including the first photographs of the room high up on the Pyramid’s North Eastern corner.

About the speakers

Dr Bob Brier is a Senior Research Fellow at the C.W. Post Campus of Long Island University and the author of several books including The Murder of Tutankhamen: A True Story (Berkley Books, 1998), The Daily Life of the Ancient Egyptians (Greenwood Press, 1999) and The Secret of the Great Pyramid: How One Man’s Obsession Led to the Solution of Ancient Egypt’s Greatest Mystery (2008). Professor Brier has served as director of the “Egyptology Today” program of the National Endowment for the Humanities, and as host of the Learning Channel series, The Great Egyptians. He has twice been selected as a Fulbright Scholar, and has received Long Island University’s David Newton Award for Teaching Excellence in recognition of his achievements as a lecturer.

Patricia Remler is an author, photographer, and art historian. She was the Researcher for four Learning Channel documentaries – the three-part Pyramids, Tombs, and Mummies, the six-part series The Great Egyptians, the one hour Napoleon’s Obsession: The Quest for Egypt, and the three-part series Unwrapped, The Mysterious World of Mummies, Unlocking the Great Pyramid & IMAX film Secrets of the Mummies. She teaches Egyptology at C.W. Post Campus of Long Island University in the Hutton House Lecture Series, and in the Center for Gifted Youth. Her book Egyptian Mythology A to Z is in its third edition. Her photos have appeared in Archaeology Magazine, Dig Archaeology, Discover Magazine, Boy’s Life and many foreign publications.

Information courtesy of NHB

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