This just in. The New York Times reports that the ‘Shipwrecked: Tang Treasures and Monsoon Winds’ exhibition currently exhibiting at the ArtScience Museum in Singapore has been postponed, til at least 2013, due to concerns over the commercial salvage operation related to the recovery of the cargo. I wonder if the exhibition is going to stay in Singapore for a little longer now?
While passing through Singapore last year, I finally had the chance to visit the new ArtScience museum and see the Tang treasures from the Belitung shipwreck.
The famed Tang Treasures recovered from the Belitung Shipwreck are now being displayed to the public (for the first time, I believe) at the new ArtScience Museum in Singapore. The wreck, which was excavated slightly over a decade ago is unique for the quantity of the artefacts recovered and its unusual context: primarily Chinese cargo in what is essentially a Arab-style boat. This editorial from Wreck Watch discusses the excavation and display of the Tang Treasures in the larger treasure-hunting and public interest context.
Editorial: Tang Treasures, Monsoon Winds and a Storm in a Teacup
Wreck Watch International, 13 March 2011
The Tang Dynasty treasures recovered from Indonesian waters will finally go on display in Singapore at the new ArtScience Museum. Last year, a reconstruction of the shipwrecked vessel was made by the Sultanate of Oman and was sailed from Oman to Singapore. I managed to get onboard the ship when it docked at Georgetown in Penang – check it out here.
Bernama, 16 February 2011