Showcasing artefacts alongside contemporary art, Budi Daya explores the value and meaning of ‘culture’ from the Malay perspective.
Budaya, the Malay word for ‘culture’, extends into the concepts of
as expressed in the exhibition title.
originates from the Sanskrit
, meaning ‘intellect’ or ‘wisdom’, but when adapted into the Malay language, has expanded to include ‘ethics’ and ‘graciousness’.
refers to a person’s or community’s abilities, skills and capacities. Taken together, they express the notion of enacting
in thought, emotion, speech and conduct which are held up as prized virtues. The multi-layered exhibition will feature 57 artefacts drawn from the National Collection and private loans as well as 18 new commissions, performances and existing works by artists from Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Myanmar, Cambodia and Vietnam.