The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited (HSBC) is one of the first foreign banks to establish offices in Singapore. A long-term supporter of the arts and heritage, its partnership with the British Museum and the National Museum of Singapore demonstrates its commitment to be a part of the growth story of Singapore and its people. In 2015, HSBC was the Principal Sponsor of Treasures of the World from the British Museum, a special jubilee year exhibition at the National Museum of Singapore (NMS).
The joint exhibition between the British Museum in London and our national museum explores the cultural and artistic achievements made by the world as a whole, allowing visitors to learn about enduring themes that connect all people, regardless of time and place. The generous support by HSBC has again allowed the NMS to showcase a world-class exhibition to our local and international audiences.
Treasures of the World from the British Museum exhibition features relics from ancient civilisations spanning Africa, the Middle East, Asia, Europe, the Americas and Oceania. It also includes renowned objects such as the British Museum’s infamous Egyptian mummy-board, a Lewis chess piece from the Isle of Lewis in Scotland, and an 800,000-year-old stone hand axe from Olduvai Gorge, Tanzania. To relate the exhibition closer to home, items collected by Sir Stamford Raffles such as a Javanese mask, a kris and scabbard that date back to the early 19th century are part of the exhibition’s highlights.
This is the second exhibition at NMS that HSBC has supported; HSBC had also supported the Dreams and Reality: Masterpieces of Painting, Drawing and Photography from the Musee d’Orsay, Paris in 2010.
HSBC was the Principal Sponsor of the Treasures of the World from the British Museum exhibition.