Singapore : Is Culture Dead?

Singapore: “Culture is Dead” - RGB

11th March 2012. Written by Xin Li.
Is Culture in Singapore dead? My teaching assistant once said that there is no such thing as “no culture” because “no culture” is in a way a kind of culture itself. However, I shall leave this to the debating table. But, not before dropping by the Singapore: “Culture is Dead” exhibition featuring Guo Yixiu, Sarah Choo and Tok Wei Yuan at Sculpture Square, a conserved 19th century chapel once known as the Malay Chapel and has historical links to Old School (another must-visit itself before June 2012 and there is delicious Sticky Date Puddings at Chalk too)

Singapore: “Culture is Dead” - In Time to Come

Presented through a series of medium such as photography, traditional painting, sculpture and installation, one would get varied perspectives of the issue.

Singapore: “Culture is Dead” - Chope!

Personally, I liked how they utilized several iconic items that we could easily relate to such as those mundane looking tissue packets put together in a collage in Chope!

Singapore: “Culture is Dead” - Void Deck #1

Then there is this conflict between the tangible world and the digitized world in RGB as the artists observed the increasing reliance on digital technology to help preserve these memories. RGB as you would have known is the three basic colours for the digital medium: Red, Green and Blue as opposed to CMYK which is for print.

Singapore: “Culture is Dead” - The Exorcist

So head down today to Sculpture Square and have a look for yourself! The exhibition is FREE and it is opened from 11 am to 6 pm every day.

Singapore: “Culture is Dead” - Bronze Charm Study & Bronze and Glass Studies

The exhibition is the fruit of the “Emerging Curator” programme, a programme initiative meant to promote local emerging curators in Singapore. This year, the award goes to Guo Yixiu together with Sarah Choo Jing and Tok Wei Yuan. Guo Yixiu is a promising artist who has net several awards from the UOB Painting of the Year Competition including the Category Award for the 27th UOB Painting of the Year (Representational).

2nd Emerging Curator 2012 Art Exhibition by Sculpture Square
Singapore : “Culture is Dead”

Chapel Gallery, Sculpture Square
155 Middle Road
Singapore 188977
6333 1055


  1. For my part, I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travels sake. The great affair is to move; to feel the needs and hitches of our life more nearly; to come down off this feather-bed of civilization, and find the globe granite underfoot and strewn with cutting flints

  2. Singapore is mainly known for its culture and ancients. Your post brings many impacts on it silently. I like the idea of yours to post like this one. Keep on doing!!



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