What is in a gift?
From social act to cultural performance or philosophical concept, the apparently ordinary act of gifting is in fact ambivalent and paradoxical, and consequently a source of fascination, vexation and debate. Unlike the economic transaction, the gift is more than the object of its exchange. It is an embodiment of an expansiveness of spirit by the giver, that often obliges its receiver, and may even unintendedly become an onerous burden.
The exhibition, The Gift, is part of a broader project titled Collecting Entanglements and Embodied Histories that is developed as a dialogue between collections of four museums.Read more
The Gift Curator Tours
Embark on a journey with our curators as they take you on a tour based on the themes of The Gift.
The Gift of Entanglement
The Body and its Trace
Of Terrain and Landforms
Browse through all the artworks on display at The Gift. Get more information on the artists, their influences, and how these works were made.
The Gift captures the Singapore segment of the curatorial project, Collecting Entanglements and Embodied Histories. Focusing on ideas of inter-relation and exchange manifest in history, geography and identity, this catalogue features the works of 15 artists in an examination of how the gift is performed, remembered, and entangles.
This catalogue accompanies an exhibition by the Singapore Art Museum at the National Gallery Singapore.