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Lost Horizons: Art Deco Architecture of Singapore

On 15, Jul 2013 | 2 Comments | In Architecture, Design, Family Story, Paris | By Jenn

We will be participating in an exhibit in Singapore! And since Gayook lived in Singapore for over 6 months, this exhibit is doubly exciting for her. It gives her a chance to share her father’s work with her Singaporean friends and family.

This year Singapore celebrates its 10th year of their  Singapore Heritage Fest (July 19 – August 3rd) It was created to bring the content of the national museums out to the people and has since grown to become a festival that Singaporeans have rallied around, bringing their own unique blend of heritage to both the city and our heartland neighborhoods.

The Exhibition “Lost Horizons: Art Deco Architecture of Singapore” is being hosted and funded by the National Heritage Board of Singapore. The display will be in the foyer of the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) headquarters, 45 Maxwell Rd  Singapore 069118.  The URA is responsible for planning the future development of Singapore as a city. The display will consist of photographs of surviving Art Deco buildings in Singapore + archival photos, plans and elevations. A photograph of the facade of the Paris Expo 1925 Chinese Section by Liu Jipiao will be displayed.

The person putting the display together is Dr. Julian Davison. Dr. Davison will also be doing a presentation on the exhibit and his discoveries August 3, 2013 (10-11am) Level 5 Function Hall, at the same location.  He has told me that he will be mentioning Liu Jipiao’s work in his lecture.

Julian Davison is the son of an architect and grew up in Singapore and Malaysia. At the age of nine he was sent to school in England. […] He has a B.A. in Anthropology from the University of Durham and he subsequently studied at the School of Oriental and African Studies in London, where he completed a doctorate in 1988. […]  More recently, Davison completed a 6-month Lee Kong Chian Fellowship at the National Library of Singapore, which looked at the coming of modernity to Singapore in the years between the 2 world wars.

We are told this exhibit is receiving a lot of positive attention and there is a possibility that in the future, a larger, more in depth exhibit might take place at the National Museum in which more of Liu Jipiao’s work will be explored in conjunction with Art Deco and Asian Architecture. If this comes to pass we will, of course, let you all know!

We encourage all our friends and family in Singapore to visit the URA and let us know what you think! Please take pictures and send them our way! And if you a chance, please attend Dr. Julian Davison’s lecture!

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