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In an Instant: Polaroid at the Intersection of Art and Technology

10 Nov 2018 - 31 Mar 2019
Exhibition Gallery 2,
Basement Level
10am - 7pm
Admission fees applies, please see below for more details
Explore the museum's exhibition, In an Instant: Polaroid at the Intersection of Art and Technology now till 31 March 2019, and discover a nostalgic flashback to the heyday of Polaroid.

Polaroid SX 70

In an age where apps provide instant services and smartphones allow us to capture just about anything and everything in an instant, the culture of now has never been so prevalent. Its origins can perhaps be traced back to the late 1940s when Edwin Land first introduced the Polaroid camera to the world, marking a technological breakthrough in the history of photography. Instant photography was born, predating the digital age in which we live today. Polaroid’s unique qualities inspired artists and photographers including Andy Warhol, Ansel Adams, Lucas Samaras and Barbara Crane, while capturing the imagination of everyone else. In allowing people to capture a shared moment and to memorialise it in an instant, Polaroid was arguably perceived as the social network of its time. Through a wide range of Polaroid artworks and artefacts, this exhibition offers insight into the story of Polaroid photography, while exploring the impact of instant photography and this social phenomenon of instantaneity on us today.



Ticketing for Polaroid

Logo plate refreshed for polaroid

CNY Free entry 2019

Free Entry to the Polaroid Exhibition for those born in the year of the Boar!

National Museum of Singapore wishes all a Happy Lunar New Year! 
We would like to offer free entry to our Polaroid Exhibition for those who are born in the year of the Boar!

Birth years for the year of the Boar

1923 |  1935 |  1947 | 1959
1971 |  1983 |  1995 | 2007

Valid for the 15 days of CNY. (5 Feb to 19 Feb)

Ansel Adams, Yosemite

Ansel Adams (1902 - 1984)
Yosemite, 1955
Polaroid PolaPan rollfilm Type 42 
© The Polaroid Collection

Ellen Carey Pulls CMY

Ellen Carey (b. 1952)
Pulls (CMY), 1997
Polaroid 20x24 Polacolor composite
© The artist, Jayne H. Baum Gallery, NYC, NY and M+B Gallery, LA, CA/ The Polaroid Collection

Andre kertesz august

André Kertész (1894 - 1985)
August 13, 1979
Polaroid SX-70

© The Estate of André Kertész, courtesy Stephen Bulger Gallery

Maria Magdalena Campos
Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons (b.1959)
Abridor de Caminos (the One Who Opens The Path), 1997
Polaroid 20x24 Polacolor composite
©The Polaroid Collection

Family Time

Visit our permanent galleries with your little ones and play spot-the-artefact! Our colourful Early Learning Resources introduce pre-schoolers to our artefacts according to the themes of Numbers, Colours, and ABCs. Available at $8 per set from the Museum Label shop. For more children's activity booklets, click here.

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Download our museum guide (English, Chinese, Bahasa Melayu, Tamil) to find out about the many treasures in our various galleries. In this guide, you will also find the floor plan for easier navigation. Enjoy your visit!

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