The Rotunda,
Level 1
10am - 8pm daily

by Lim Shing Ee (Curated by Tay Swee Lin)

Twelve large bright red helium balloons, each being held by a faceless brown figure sitting on an equally mundane and ordinary looking brown boulder, bespeak Lim Shing Ee’s dilemma as a female Singapore artist living in Japan with her Japanese husband and two young sons. Struggling to balance the choices concerning her identity, loyalty, nationality and sense of belonging, the work is a metaphor for the conflicting forces that confront her which are often beyond her control.

Lim's artistic practice explores mental processes of encoding and decoding fragments collected from simple everyday encounters, finding familiarity in the unfamiliar, and redefining identities through associations. Her installation works, paintings and drawings that celebrate simple objects and forms with familiar yet abstract compositions, have been referred to as the “mental maps of the mundane” - works that are deceptively familiar and simple, yet bizarrely seductive.

A Dozen of Those aptly describe the sense of displacement and dislocation that all those who uproot themselves from their familiar environments must feel. 

Family Time

Take a trip through 700 years of Singapore's history with your little ones with our Family Time Guide to find out how life in this Lion City has changed over the centuries. On your journey, you will meet various historical figures as well as landmark objects in each phase of Singapore's history. Explore how people from different communities used to live, their aspirations and how they helped shape the Singapore we see today.

Museum guide

Download our museum guide (English, Chinese, Bahasa Melayu, Tamil) to find out about the many treasures in our various galleries. In this guide, you will also find the floor plan for easier navigation. Enjoy your visit!

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