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Written by Amirthavarshini on May 12, 2020 Share on

Evoke The Artist In You – A Visit To The National Gallery, Singapore

Everything goes out of style except for art and creativity! Breathe with a different kind of happiness while exploring the magnificent art crafted by talented Southeast Asian artists. The National Gallery Singapore is an art museum located in the Downtown Core district of Singapore. Opened on 24th November 2015, it has the largest public collection of Singaporean and Southeast Asian art. The gallery consists of over 8,000 artworks. It aims to provide a detailed understanding and appreciation of art and culture through a variety of media. The gallery focuses on Singapore’s culture and heritage and its relationship with other Asian cultures across the world.

💡 History of The National Gallery

The National Gallery in Singapore is a result of constant thriving towards becoming a global city for arts and culture. Their efforts to uphold the Singaporean and Asian heritage gave birth to this magnificent gallery. In the year 2005, the Prime Minister, Lee Hsien Loong, announced the conversion of the former Supreme Court building and City Hall into the current National Art Gallery, Singapore. These two national monuments having a combined floor area of 64,000 square meters form the main attraction of the gallery.

National gallery building Singapore
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Consisting of modern and contemporary art, The National Gallery Singapore focuses on displaying Singapore and Southeast Asian art from the 19th century to the present day. It is home to two permanent galleries namely the DBS Singapore Gallery and the UOB Southeast Asia Gallery. Through its collection, the Gallery will present the development of Singaporean cultures communicating stories of their social, economic, and political history.

DBS Singapore Gallery

The DBS Singapore Gallery is a platform for studying and presenting the cultural aspects and aesthetic identity of Singapore from the colonial period to the present day.

UOB Southeast Asia Gallery

Housed in the former Supreme Court building, the UOB Southeast Asia Gallery presents the history of Southeast Asian art, starting from the 19th century.

Firstly, the National Collection started with an original bequest of 93 works in 1976, by the well-known cinema magnate and art patron, Dato Loke Wan Tho. Later, the gallery was expanded with splendid works of Southeast Asian artists like Georgette Chen, Chen Wen Hsi, Cheong Soo Pieng, and Liu Kang from Singapore. Followed by Affandi (Indonesia), Fernando Cueto Amorsolo (Philippines), Latiff Mohidin (Malaysia), Le Pho (Vietnam), and Montien Boonma (Thailand). The National Heritage Board is presently taking care of this vast collection.

Front view design of the National gallery singapore
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The National Gallery Singapore also conducts exhibitions, programs for students, workshops for artists and art practitioners, and many other such events. The gallery is known for its Keppel Center for Art Education, which are art classes and discussions held in an artistic environment, stimulating the creativity in young and potential future artists.

It’s through art and art only one can learn patience, persistence, and perfection! The National Gallery Singapore is a different getaway Location that will take you through the vintage times. It allows you to rediscover what we lost in the past. The National Gallery in Singapore is waiting for your arrival! Plan your trip to Singapore right away with Pickyourtrail that will help you to travel through time!

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