Past Exhibitions

Nyonya Needlework: Embroidery and Beadwork in the Peranakan World
Peranakan Museum
24 Jun 2016 - 18 Jun 2017
Nyonya Beadwork and Embroidery

This exhibition celebrates the art of nyonya needlework, a vibrant part of Peranakan Chinese heritage. Spectacular curtains and hangings, delicate purses, handkerchiefs, and slippers were painstakingly stitched with tiny beads, silk, and gold and silver threads for special occasions and as gifts.

Some of the finest examples of nyonya needlework, from the Peranakan Museum and major international collections, will be displayed. Visitors can discover the ingenuity and skill embedded in the art, the importance of tradition, and the innovations inspired by the dynamic, multicultural environment of the region.

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Great Peranakans: Fifty Remarkable Lives
Peranakan Museum
23 May 2015 - 03 Apr 2016
Great Peranakans: Fifty Remarkable Lives

Great Peranakans celebrates the achievements of 50 men and women who have shaped Singaporean life and culture over the past two centuries. These pioneers made important contributions in art, culture, education, business, governance, and public service. Collectively, their stories and the more than 100 objects from their lives invite greater contemplation of evolving Peranakan and Singaporean identities.

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Auspicious Designs: Batik for Peranakan Altars
Peranakan Museum
11 Apr 2014 - 25 Jan 2015
Auspicious Designs: Batik for Peranakan Altars

Colourful and imaginative, batik altar cloths blend traditions and influences, showing how Peranakans adapted and improvised. Called tok wi, altar cloths decorate the fronts of Peranakan altars during important ceremonies, and reflect the strong ritual elements of Chinese Peranakan life in Southeast Asia.

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Luminous Depths
Peranakan Museum, 39 Armenian Street
21 Jun 2013 - 22 Sep 2013
Luminous Depths

A contemporary installation in the atrium of the Peranakan Museum will explore the nature of collecting, and ask how a museum develops

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“Emily of Emerald Hill”: Singaporean Identity on Stage
Peranakan Museum, 39 Armenian Street
01 Jun 2012 - 07 Apr 2013
“Emily of Emerald Hill”: Singaporean Identity on Stage

Emily of Emerald Hill is a one-woman play that tells the tale of Emily Gan, from a young bride to a typically strong matriarch in the Peranakan enclave of Emerald Hill, in Singapore. The work has captured the imagination of theatregoers around the world, and given expression to Peranakan and Singaporean identity. The highlight of this exhibition will be an installation of a stage-like gallery by Stella Kon, incorporating family objects and other works drawn from the collection of the Peranakan Museum.

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