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Budi Daya

13 Oct 2014 - 29 Mar 2015
MHC Gallery 1 & 2
Per museum opening hours

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 budi and daya as expressed in the exhibition title. Budi originates from the Sanskrit buddhi , meaning ‘intellect’ or ‘wisdom’, but when adapted into the Malay language, has expanded to include ‘ethics’ and ‘graciousness’. Daya refers to a person’s or community’s abilities, skills and capacities. Taken together, they express the notion of enacting budi 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.

Author: Malay Heritage Center

Last Modified: 6 September 2017