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

Exhibition

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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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Press release

Past events

  1. 16 Aug 2017, Wikipedia, Collective Memory, And The Vietnam War
  2. 11 Jul 2017, Photography And Cold War In Southeast Asia: Preliminary Thoughts With Zhuang Wubin
  3. 18 Apr 2017, Which War, What Memories And Remembered By Whom?
  4. 28 Mar 2017, The Fog Of War
  5. 9 Feb 2017, Good Bye Lenin!
  6. 12 Jan 2017, Witness to a Collection
  7. 16 Nov 2016, The Nearest Faraway Place: Military Medicine, Civic Action Campaigns, And The South Korean Medical Legacy In Vietnam, 1964-1973
  8. 6 Oct 2016, Victory Pictures In A Time Of Defeat: Art, War And Media In 19th Century China
  9. 15 Sep 2016, Boat People
  10. 7 Sep 2016, Who Wants To Remember What War? Alternate Visions Of Conflict In Vietnam
  11. 14 Jul 2016, Becoming Revolutionary: Artists In North Vietnam Between Colonialism & Communism, 1945-1954

 

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