NEWSText: Aya Shomura

Zulkifle Mahmod, "Raising Spirits and Restoring Souls", 2015

Zulkifle Mahmod, “Raising Spirits and Restoring Souls”, 2015

On show till July 10th, the “5 Stars: Art Reflects on Peace, Justice, Equality, Democracy and Progress” exhibition at Singapore Art Museum salutes the Singapore Golden Jubilee, its 50th year of independence, and the five stars on the Singapore flag, which represent universal humanist values.


In inviting and commissioning five art luminaries of the nation – Ho Tzu Nyen, Matthew Ngui, T.K. Sabapathy, Suzann Victor, and Zulkifle Mahmod – to ponder and respond to each of the values, SAM gives scope to these extraordinary Singaporeans, whose life-long commitment to art as a discipline is inimitable and exemplary.

Through the creative and curatorial process, these abstract, intangible concepts are made manifest, and each unique artistic expression and presentation offers nuanced and layered interpretations of the nation’s core values, which resonate with Singapore’s multifaceted, complex identity. New ‘thought-spaces’ unfold: from one island nation’s conscious reflections on its ideals, we recognize the humanist foundations of today’s world.

The 5 Stars exhibition is curated to encourage diverse individuals and audiences to come together to contemplate what these shared human ideals mean in the present day, and how they might continue to help us envision our futures. 

5 Stars: Art Reflects on Peace, Justice, Equality, Democracy and Progress
Date: October 2nd, 2015 – July 10th, 2016
Opening hours: 10:00 – 19:00 (Last admission at 18:15, till 21:00 on Friday)
Place: Singapore Art Museum
Address: 71 Bras Basah Road, Singapore 189555
Tel: +65 6332 3222

Text: Aya Shomura

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