Exhibitions in Singapore

Singapore – futuristic, modern and innovative, inspiring. That’s how we experienced this metropole city during our stop-over between Sydney and Frankfurt. Again!

Every business trip, every leisure stay adds extra spice and broadens the horizon for one’s own cultural understanding as soon as a visit of a museum has been integrated.

Two fascinating exhibitions had taken a liking to me.

✳️ The Manila Galleon exhibition at the Asian Civilisations Museum (ACM) highlights the historical trade links between Asia to the Americas and Europe, and shows how people, goods, and ideas created a special shared cultural and artistic tradition through the global port cities of Manila and Mexico City.

✳️ The Tropical exhibition, “Stories from Southeast Asia and Latin America” at the National Gallery Singapore, boldly takes on the goal of questioning and deconstructing time-honored stereotypes of a “tropical paradise.” It is an invitation to rethink the romanticized images and explore reality.

I had the feeling that different perspectives on a similar theme were shown: the growing self-confidence of local artists, especially with regard to their own origins. Away from the colonial exotic images à la Gauguin, towards realism through the lenses of the locals.

Perceiving, acknowledging and appreciating this view of things is an important change of perspective from my personal European point of view. The art landscape and the perception of real social conditions have been given a new coat of paint. It was indeed an eye-opener for me. The systematic unlearning of the old way of looking at things is part of it.

And the ⏭️ change of perspective ⏮️ is one of my central themes, my mantra for intercultural leadership, so to speak.

It’s amazing how often inspiration can be found in areas where you don’t expect it. Serendipitous. I discovered surprising twists, additions, and insights that I previously thought I had known for a long time. A mistake to be corrected.

➡️ And you? What experiences have you had with a change of perspective in an unexpected environment? Feel free to write it as a comment.

Thank you for the exchange of thoughts and the reference to the exhibitions, Shweta Sharna.

My name is Bernd Scharbert and my job as a mentor and facilitator for leaders is to pass on my experiential knowledge after more than 30 years of leadership experience in the corporate world. If you are interested, feel free to follow me on LinkedIn, #prepare4landing or contact me directly.

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