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Seekor Singa, Seorang Putera, dan Sebingkai Cermin: Reflecting and Refracting Singapura

Collateral Event

Seekor Singa, Seorang Putera, dan Sebingkai Cermin: Reflecting and Refracting Singapura

23 March – 21 June 2020

Adults: $4
Students and
seniors: $2
Family (max. 5 people): $12
Groups of 20 adults and above enjoy 20% off.

Free admission for Singaporeans and Permanent Residents

Malay Heritage Centre
85 Sultan Gate
Singapore 198501
(65) 6391 0450

Tue to Sun,
Closed on Mon


This special exhibition discusses Singapore’s maritime and cultural significance prior to British and Dutch occupation in the Malay Archipelago. Employing the modes of reflection and refraction as lenses through which visitors can view and compare various Malay world perspectives, indigenous material culture, and European colonial sources, the exhibition aims to present multiple contexts and fresh insights into the history of Singapore and its deeper links to the region and beyond.

The exhibition also includes 4 art installations:

  1. Balada Tumasik (Balad of Tumasik)
    11 October to 2 November
    8pm – every evening
    Malay Heritage Centre facade

    Balada Tumasik is a video mapping show that retells the history of Singapore from its founding by Sang Nila Utama to the arrival of Raffles. Spanning some 700 years of Singapore’s history, audiences will be introduced to key moments from the island’s past.

  2. Kancil Menghadap Beringin (The Mousedeer Comes Before the Banyan Tree)
    11 October to 21 June 2020
    Malay Heritage Centre Lawn

    On the occasion of the Bicentennial, artist Shooshie Sulaiman reimagines two narratives from Malay folklore upon the grounds of the Malay Heritage Centre. The tale of the dexterous mousedeer Sang Kancil and the tree of life (pohon beringin) come together in this installation that commemorates Malay tradition and intellect.

  3. Ke-Datanganku, Dari Laut ke Tanahmu (My Arrival, From the Sea to Your Land)
    11 October to 21 June 2020
    Kallang Riverside Park

    Nhawfal Juma’at’s installation is an ode to the ancient seafarers of the Malay Archipelago. Taking inspiration from the hull of a jong boat – a traditional Malay vessel once used throughout the archipelago – the installation references the history of migration and exploration into Singapore.

  4. Kami Berlabuh ke Garis Magenta (We Docked by the Magenta Line)
    11 October to 21 June 2020
    Gedung Kuning

    Since the 19th century, Kampong Gelam has been home to various trades and merchants. In this installation, artist Fyerool Darma will create a shophouse display in the heart of Kampong Gelam that reflects upon these place histories, in light of the district’s evolving identity as a site for tourism and heritage.

About Singapore Biennale 2019 Collateral Events
Explore Singapore’s diverse art scene through art exhibitions and programmes taking place concurrently with Singapore Biennale 2019.