Museum, NUS Centre for the Arts houses the most comprehensive collection of works by a single artist in Singapore. It consists of 1099 items, spanning more than forty years of continuous activity by the late Ng Eng Teng, Singapore foremost sculptor, ranging from 75 sculptures, vessels, ceramic forms, maquettes, paintings and drawings, testifying to the versatility of the
artist in using a variety of materials as well as his continuous endeavours
to explore and experiment with them.
It is as a sculptor that Ng Eng Teng had made his mark. On display are
some of his most accomplished works, such as Madonna and Child II, Looking
Ahead, Fright, Torso (Rocker), Head Profile and Red Face. These mark high
points in the artist's development. Other exhibits consist of maquettes
(models for sculpture) which
provide valuable insights into the ways the artist had developed his concepts,
ceramic vessels which are remarkable
in terms of their transformations as they change their appearances, and
drawings and paintings
which were produced early in the artist's career and which are known to
few. The first donation of 1997 was
swiftly followed by the second donation in May 1998. The third and final
donation came in October 2001, just before
his untimely death.
In recognition of Ng Eng Teng's significant contribution to the intellectual
and cultural life of the NUS, the University conferred upon him the degree
of Honorary Doctor of Letters on 14 September 1998.