Living World

Ju Ming
funded by TIBS, for Singapore National Museum centennial celebrations

public fundraising story... brought in for exhibition at National Museum Art Gallery (curator: Connie Sheares, working with Hanart Gallery), then purchased after TIBS donated funds.

from TIBS website:

'With the growing emphasis on the arts and culture in Singapore, TIBS decided to take on a project that would promote appreciation of the arts. In 1987, it helped the National Museum acquire the sculpture, 'The Living World' by Ju Ming, in conjunction with the Museum's centennial celebrations.

A fund-raising campaign with the theme, 'Trans-Island and Supporters of the Arts' was drawn up to encourage mass participation. TIBS subsequently received the PRISM award (Public Relations in the Service of Mankind) for this contribution to the community.'

Location Notes: 

The work has travelled a bit. First placed in front of the National Museum, near the corner of Stamford Rd and Bras Basah Rd, it was later moved to the Singapore History Museum's temporary home at Riverside Point, from 2003 to 2005 (?). Later it moved over to the Singapore Art Museum. Not sure of the exact dates. The photo here shows its original location in front of the National Museum.

Sometime in March 2010 it returned to the grounds of the National Museum, in a very nice new setting. The Flickr pix captures the most recent setting

Pix from Flickr: 
First Placed in Singapore: 
Current Location: 
in front of the Singapore Art Museum, Bras Basah Rd




Living World

Located just outside the National Museum of Singapore and close to the Singapore Art Museum, Ju Ming’s The Living World (1987) depicts five figures from a modern, westernized society, seated on a bench. It is formed of bronze, and then painted with monotone light colors of blue, pink, white, brown and yellow, functioning as an expression of the world’s development into a modernized society that is hindered by social problems. Context-wise, Ju Ming recognizes the everyday problems individuals as well as society go through; for example depression, feelings of frustration and anger towards war, and political conflict. The rigid angularity of the seemingly chopped bronze figures has a rawness to it that evokes these emotion. The simplicity pays tribute to “mother earth”, and although it may be an object, it is still “living”, as it is capable of portraying and evoking emotion.