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Reading the Malay Archipelago by Syed Muhammad Hafiz


11 December 2021

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    Exhibition view of Between Worlds: Raden Saleh and Juan Luna, 16 November 2017–11 March 2018; Gaston O’ Farrell, Autoretrato of Juan Luna (Copy of Juan Luna’s self-portrait), Oil on canvas, 65 x 44.5 cm, Collection of Lopez Museum and Library; Karl Johann Bahr, Portrait of Raden Saleh, 1842, Oil on canvas, 86.5 x 71.7 cm, Collection of Latvian National Museum of Art, Riga, Latvia. Image courtesy of National Gallery Singapore.

    Made up of over 25,000 islands, the archipelago sits between modern-day mainland Southeast Asia and Australia and inevitably makes up a diversity of cultures and traditions. This course offers entry points to art enthusiasts in understanding the cultural and historical contexts to this vast geographical terrain.

    Your Destination:
    Gain a nuanced appreciation of Indonesian, Malaysian and Singapore art through cultural contexts that go beyond the art historical canon.

    S$800 for the full day course. S$3000 for an all access pass to all our future programmes and advanced courses. 50% of your ticket will always be donated to an arts non-profit.

    The price includes a set lunch and drinks.

    Every attendee of our courses is entitled to a free consultation with our team on starting or developing a collection.

    Syed Muhammad Hafiz
    Syed Muhammad Hafiz is an art historian who is currently pursuing his PhD at the National University Singapore. He was previously Assistant Curator at National Gallery Singapore and a researcher with the Singapore Art Museum. While he was with the museum, he co-curated the landmark exhibitions ‘Between Declarations & Dreams: Art of Southeast Asia Since the 19th Century’ and ‘Between Worlds: Raden Saleh & Juan Luna’. Since he left the museum, he has curated for several galleries in Singapore and Malaysia, and written for private collections in the region.