LINES: War Drawings and Posters from the Ambassador Dato’ N. Parameswaran Collection

Exhibition

  • VISUAL ARTS
  • FREE
  • EXHIBITION

NUS Museum

Free Admission
  • Starts on 1 Jul 2016
  • Ends on 1 Jul 2017
NX2, NUS Museum , University Cultural Centre 50 Kent Ridge Crescent, Singapore 119279

Even with the advent of photographic technique and equipment, drawing has always been an important method of recording, conveying events and ideas. The drawn line is a powerful tool of communication: on the one hand, it is a device the artist relies on to direct the sight and thoughts of the viewer to his objective. Yet it can also impart glimpses into the artist’s creative imagination, even in a time of belligerence.

Many of the artists at the frontline featured had previously been trained in the art schools established by French colonialists, such as the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Hanoi and the Gia Dinh School of Applied Arts in Saigon, where drawing and sketching were foundational skills. At the frontline, beyond merely making rapid sketches to be developed later, or recording images with journalistic intent, the line is committed to paper to create the resemblance of physical things, capturing the anatomy of man and machine, landscapes, and life around the battlefields.

This exhibition, made possible by a long term loan of the private collection of Ambassador Dato’ N. Parameswaran, showcases a selection of drawings from Vietnam’s conflict with France and the USA between the 1950s to 1975.

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