Zodiac exhibits have historical, cultural value

Zodiac exhibits have historical, cultural value

I refer to Lin Fangjie's letter, Jackie's Zodiac Gift Better For Movie Museum (Life!, Feb 7).

The objects have multiple connections: They are modern works which remind us of an important historic fountain at China's Old Summer Palace or Yuan Ming Yuan. They are also about the movie, and about Jackie Chan, a widely recognised movie star who is looking to raise the appreciation of history and cultural heritage.

Besides the Asian Civilisations Museum, he has also given these sculptures to the National Palace Museum in Taipei and the Old Summer Palace.

Singapore's national collection has a wide range of everyday and ephemeral items that have historical or artistic significance: sewing machines, beaded slippers, opera costumes and movie posters.

We hope to draw visitors, both young and old, who are looking for a different and entertaining way to enjoy the Chinese New Year and, at the same time, learn a little about history and culture.

Dr Alan Chong

Director, Asian Civilisations Museum

This article was first published on February 15, 2015.
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