The Resource Gallery functions as an open-storage displaying the Museum’s collections and their beginnings, organised to accommodate material categories and area classifications. Highlights include classical sculptures, miniatures and modern paintings donated by the Indian Government to the University of Malaya in 1959; and objects collected by early university curators in Singapore, forming the seed collection of the University. The Scroll & Paper Study located at the Resource Gallery facilitates the viewing and study of materials completed on paper. It houses the Museum’s collection of classical and modern Chinese ink scrolls, prints, watercolours and photographs. Highlights include 19th century drawings and watercolours; in particular, works by Charles Dyce; woodblocks and woodblock prints by Singaporean artists from the 1950-60s including a large selection by Lim Mu Hue; sketches and drawings by Jimmy Ong and a corresponding collection of personal photographs from the mid-1980s to early 1990s. A collection of Vietnamese war drawings and posters (mid-1950s to mid-1970s) on loan from the Ambassador Dato’ N. Parameswaran Collection is also currently available.
The Resource Library brings together materials pertaining to the Museum’s collections and collecting interests as developed over the years. As a reference library, these materials range from publications on Southeast Asian art histories, exhibition catalogues and catalogues from art auction houses. A separate section houses publications donated by the art historian T.K. Sabapathy. Publications are categorised and presented in a manner aimed at facilitating new connections and trajectories when engaging with the subject of Southeast Asia art historiography.
Students, researchers and teaching faculty are welcome to request objects from the NUS Museum’s collections for research, study and teaching purposes. To submit a request, please complete the Request for Collections Access form, and send it to firstname.lastname@example.org Requests should be made at least one month in advance. Where artworks are on loan or deemed too fragile, they may not be available for viewing or handling. Access to the collections is by appointment only, from Mondays to Fridays, between 10.00am and 6.00pm.
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The NUS Museum has over 8,000 artefacts and artworks across four collections. Its collection was introduced by the Museum’s first curator, Michael Sullivan, as a teaching collection for the University in 1955. Today, with its diverse collections ranging from classical Chinese and Indian materials to modern and contemporary Southeast Asian and Singaporean art, the Museum remains an integral part of the National University of Singapore. Its four permanent collections and curatorial practices makes it a comprehensive resource for teaching and research, furthering the University’s mission to transform the way people think and work through education, research and service.
A selection of these works may be accessed through the Museum’s Collections Online database. Our cataloguing efforts is on-going and more objects will be added over time. If you have difficulties using the database, please see our Frequently Asked Questions or email firstname.lastname@example.org with your query.