"Who wants to remember a war?" War Drawings and Posters from the Ambassador Dato’ N. Parameswaran Collection

Exhibition

  • VISUAL ARTS
  • TOP PICKS
  • FREE
  • EXHIBITION

NUS Museum

Free Admission
  • Starts on 1 Jul 2016
  • Ends on 31 Jan 2018
NET Gallery, NUS Museum , University Cultural Centre 50 Kent Ridge Crescent, Singapore 119279

This exhibition of art works produced during the period of the Indochinese and Vietnam Wars (1945 – 1975) draws from the one of the largest privately held collections of the genre. The collection, which is on a long-term loan to NUS Museum, also includes depictions of Vietnam’s cross-border conflicts with Cambodia and China (1976 – 1986). The works were collected by Dato’ N. Parameswaran during his appointment as Ambassador of Malaysia to Vietnam, stationed in Hanoi, between 1990 – 1993. These were the middle years of Doi Moi, the period of Vietnamese economic reforms begun in 1986 that aimed at bringing about socialist market liberalisation.

Doi Moi marked a new phase of historical development for Vietnam as the nation began to chart its future. As the nation moves forward to build (and rebuild) a new narrative, how does post war remembrance compare with the spirit of the period documented by hundreds of war-time artists, how will the war be remembered, and whom by? What is the connection between commemoration, heritage, and memories?

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