We thought that Packaging Matters would be an exhibition focusing on early Singaporean packaging design, but it turned out to be an amusing historical tour of the growth and modernisation of the packaged food industry from the early 20th century in Singapore; Something we don’t associate much with our city-state these days.
The exhibition is a bit smaller than we hoped for, but the exhibits are dense and engaging, and enough for you to pore over slowly in detail. The video stations are a laugh, with short punchy films that take you back to a more innocent time (really, read some of the captions for a cheap giggle, how times have changed…). This show is definitely one for the nostalgia buffs out there, especially the beautiful display of soft drink bottles; that hit us in the heart. As for the Big Mac box, we eventually found it in the corner, and if anything, it’s a testament to how long Styrofoam lasts as it looked relatively… box fresh.
PACKAGING MATTERS: SINGAPORE’S FOOD PACKAGING STORY FROM THE EARLY 20TH CENTURY
6 Apr – 15 Sept 2019
National Museum of Singapore
10am – 7pm