Art And The City: The Song Dynasty as a Living Art

Amanda Lee

Art And The City: "The Song Dynasty as a Living Art"
Singapore’s largest to date art show sheds is a moving masterpiece

Ending the year on a high note, Singapore is going big, hosting "Moving Masterpiece: The Song Dynasty As Living Art" at the Singapore Expo, the largest art show in the country to date. With an area of 10,000 square metres, the space allows visitors to enter the world of the historic Chinese dynasty.

The centerpiece of the exhibition is a 128-metre by 6.5-metre animated reproduction of Qing Ming Shang He Tu, a panoramic painting done in the 11th century by Song Dynasty artist Zhang Zedua, showing daily life in the capital Bianjing, today's Kaifeng.

The exhibition was a hit at the China Pavilion at the Shanghai World Expo last year and has since had over 10 million visitors from Asia.

In Singapore, besides the digital painting that features 1,068 moving and talking characters, the exhibition also adds in educational and interactive elements, which were created to enhance the visitor’s experience.

"The world has learnt a lot from the Song era, which is still relevant in our lives today. Therefore, we decided to further enrich the visitors’ experience by offering additional information and activities about this magnificent period in Chinese history," says Aloysius Arlando, CEO of Singex, one of the organizers of the exhibition.

To achieve this goal, a pre-show hall has been added to the space where visitors can immerse themselves in details of the Qing Ming Shang He Tu painting and the Song Dynasty. Here, elements of life during the Song Dynasty including the Imperial Examination system, the invention of movable type printing and the vibrancy of festivals are highlighted.

The exhibition also offers audio-guided tours in English, Malay, Japanese and Mandarin, as well as in the Chinese dialects of Teochew, Hokkien and Cantonese.

"The availability audio guides in various languages and dialects allows as many people as possible to appreciate the Qing Ming Shang He Tu, a landmark Chinese work of art which not many have seen," explains Edmund Chua, managing director of Singapore Huading, a China-Singapore business liaison and consultancy firm, who has worked closely with the project.

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