Date: To be confirmed – Reflections on Collecting

Blue and White Jar with Daoist Immortals, Ming dynasty, Jiajing period (1522-1566), China
Copyright Asian Civilisations Museum, Singapore
Famille Rose Phoenix Dish, Early 20th Century, China
Copyright Peranakan Museum, Singapore

Reflections on Collecting

Date: To be confirmed
Visitors’ Briefing Room, Level 1
National Library Building
100 Victoria Street
Singapore 188064

This talk, by Dr. Kenson Kwok, will cover the topic of why what you have at home may not be good enough for a museum, and what is good enough for a museum should probably not be in your home. Last but not least, Kenson will speak on the interface between private and institutional collecting and how one can feed the other, but also why they should remain quite distinct.

About Dr. Kenson Kwok

Dr. Kenson Kwok, a past President of SEACS, is the founding director of Singapore’s Asian Civilisations Museum and the Peranakan Museum, two national museums dedicated to promoting Singaporeans’ multicultural ancestry. He oversaw the expansion of the two museums’ collections from very modest and limited beginnings. On 31 December 2009, Kenson retired as director of those two museums after a museum career that spanned 18 years. During his tenure, he opened three museums, mounted over 60 exhibitions, brought in over $100 million worth of loans and $16 million worth of artefact donations. Since childhood, Kenson has also been a collector of all sorts of things, including ceramics.

The talk is free and open to the public, SEACS members and their guests. No RSVP is required. The program will begin at 7.00pm promptly and end at approximately 8.15pm. Parking is available in the National Library basement carpark and the closest MRT stop is Bras Basah.