The National Library regularly curates and presents exhibitions that showcase its collections. The themes revolve around Singapore’s history, literary and cultural heritage and the arts. Complementary public programmes, engagement and publications are also organised in conjunction with exhibitions to maximise their impact.
The National Library has presented three exhibitions in 2016. From the Stacks: Highlights of the National Library launched in January 2016 showcased the rare materials collection of the Library which tell fascinating stories about early Singapore. The exhibition has ended in September but a virtual exhibition will be made available online at the end of the year.
Exhibitions are also organised to complement NLB initiatives such as the Read.Write.Tell initiative, such as Script & Stage: Theatre in Singapore from the 50s to 80s, which runs from October 2016 to March 2017. The exhibition traces the early developments of the Singapore theatre and celebrates its achievements.
A significant part of the Library’s collection came from generous donations through the years. November 2016 will see the exhibition Anatomy of a Free Mind: Tan Swie Hian’s Notebooks and Creations, featuring the notebooks donated by celebrated Singapore artist, Tan Swie Hian, presented alongside his artistic and literary creations. The exhibition will provide insights into the creative mindscape of the artist.
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