What to Read Next

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

Amanda Lee
15 December 2011

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.

Head over to LifestyleAsia.com for the full details on "A Moving Masterpiece: the Song Dynasty as a Living Art".

Related articles: Don’t forget to check out the ongoing art exhibitions such as "Titanic, the Artifact Exhibition", Amanda Heng’s first solo exhibition and "Hyung Koo Kang’s the Burning Gaze". Keep up with more art and entertainment in Singapore on LifestyleAsia.com.

VA Mortgage Rates In 2016

VA Rates as Low as 2.75% (3.028% APR) 15 Year Fixed. Exclusive For Veteran & Military Takes 1 Min!

Powerful Tactical Flashlight Flying Off Shelves!

This new tactical flashlight was just released to the public and is flying off shelves in the United States. Limited supplies left, act quick!

Starwood Credit Card

Earn 25,000 Bonus Starpoints®! Use toward Award Nights or Flights.

Why You Should Pay Attention to Free Sample Sites

Sign up now for freebies so good you will feel guilty not paying for them! No credit card or purchase necessary.

This Movie Deal Is Sure To Get Your Attention!

Get 4 Disney Movies For $1 With Membership. See Details. Exclusive Titles, Merchandise, Offers & Discounts. Plus, Free Shipping On Your Initial Order!

Free Samples Sites- Why You Should Pay Attention

Sign up now for freebies so good you will feel guilty not paying for them! No credit card or purchase necessary.

Ever Googled Someone? Do A "Deep Search" Instead

Entering a Name and State on this site could reveal info you thought wasn't available. Have you searched yourself or someone you know yet?

Why Women Love This New Shopping Site

This site features names like Coach, SmashBox, and Kate Spade - and unlike Amazon or Gilt it's fast, fun and really exciting.

How to file your taxes right now for $0

It's simple: file your taxes with TurboTax Federal Free Edition and you'll pay $0 for Fed, $0 for State and $0 to File. No tax knowledge needed!

Banks Are Worried Homeowners Will Do This.

Homeowners are surprised and furious. If you owe less than $625,000 on your home, you better read this.

10 Cards for People Who Have Great Credit

What card offers up to 5% cash back? And which one offers 24/7 concierge service? See the best credit cards of 2016. Apply online, quickly & easily.

Navy Seal Flashlight Should Be Banned From Public?

Controversial classified military technology has just been released to the public. Get this flashlight before it's banned or runs out -limited supply!

Insane Navy Seal Flashlight, should it be banned?

The Military has recently released technology that is now available to the public. Get yours before they run out - Limited Supply!

Golfers: Hit Straight Every Time

12-Time PGA Winner Shows You How to Hit Longer, Straighter, More Accurately,…