Thursday, December 21, 2006

A rant in the museum

Rant mode: Am I the only person on the planet who actually likes the National Museum? Or am I simply one of the few people who've actually spent more than 20 minutes in it? Seriously, half the criticsms I've read are by people who don't seem to know what was going in there.

I don't think the exhibits were perfect. I think there's area for improvement. I can name one, actually. But some of the criticisms that the NMS has received simply aren't justified. And for that matter, I've seen perfectly blah exhibits in some of the "world class museums".

I'm quite tense this today, so I'm definitely overreacting. But I can't help feeling that the NMS is going to have to face the problem of having to be all things to everyone.

Screw them. Heh. I need to put my head down and get some perspective. I suppose if people perceive it to be a problem, then there is a problem, whether I think it's there or not.

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At 8:00 am, Blogger Ng Yi-Sheng said...

I like the museum, actually. It's hella daring. I just wanted to say something on behalf of artists for Today.

I'm actually working on a piece now defending it from a perverse perspective though. :)

At 11:21 pm, Blogger Mezzo said...

Heh, I actually did like your piece, though singling out Chor Lin was evil, evil, and eviiiil. It appeared on SGHeritage mailing list, by the way.

What I'm targeting are the review pieces that the ST has been producing - they're pretty bad. I'm actually questioning the quality of expertise the Life! journalists have when it cames to the specialist arts areas - heritage, graphic arts.


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