National Gallery Singapore is a new visual arts institution which oversees the largest public collection of modern art in Singapore and Southeast Asia. The Gallery is housed in two national monuments—former Supreme Court and City Hall—that have been beautifully restored and transformed into this exciting venue in the heart of the Civic District.
Reflecting Singapore’s unique heritage and geographical location, the Gallery will feature Singapore and Southeast Asian art in its long-term and special exhibitions. It will also work with leading museums worldwide to co-present Southeast Asian art in a wider context, positioning Singapore as a regional and international hub for the visual arts.
National gallery was opened in November 2015, and some entry was free for everyone for first week. So I made sure to pay a visit on fist week itself. Gallery is close to my office so I had no problem visiting the gallery after office. Though I am not a art lover, nor do paintings fascinate me but photographer in me wanted to pay a visit to understand framing techniques used by well know artists. Not a easy job but I gave it a shot.
As far as Singapore’s multi ethnic history is concerned, the work of art by local artists seems to too influenced by Chinese, Japanese and other south east Asian countries. Wu Guanzhong, considered the father of contemporary Chinese painting has a dedicated art gallery. Entire gallery is a representation of his transformation from early stage of local artists to known one. Clearly many of the painting seems influenced by World War II era and role of Singapore in “Battle of Singapore”
National Gallery Singapore
1 St. Andrew’s Road Singapore 178957
Sun – Thu, Public Holidays: 10am to 7pm
Fri – Sat, Eve of Public Holidays: 10am to 10pm
Free entry for Singaporean & PRs.
Standard ticket for non-Singaporeans: $20
How to Reach:
Nearest MRT: City Hall MRTCan also walk from Merlion park, Raffles MRT or Boat Quay Area.
Some image I shot from the Gallery. Flash photography is not allowed inside Gallery so be considerate if you plan to click some images.
Have you visited National gallery yet ?