Singapore’s National Gallery set for November launch

The National Gallery in the former Supreme Court and City Hall buildings (photo by Chatchawat Prasertsom)
The National Gallery in the former Supreme Court and City Hall buildings (photo by Chatchawat Prasertsom)

Singapore’s new National Gallery will open its doors on 24 November 2015.

The attraction, which will be located in the former Supreme Court and City Hall buildings, will house a collection of more than 10,000 works of modern and contemporary art from Singapore and Southeast Asia.

There will be two permanent exhibitions backed by a series of tours and talks, plus the Keppel Centre for Art Education – the first dedicated art education facility of its kind in the region. A new ‘Art Connector’ will also be created in a walkway linking City Hall MRT to the entrance of the gallery. This will initially display portraits of the Singapore community.

“The National Gallery team has been hard at work to prepare the artworks and get them ready for display,” said Lawrence Wong, Singapore’s Minister of Culture, Community & Youth.

“We will be in for a treat when the gallery opens its doors in November, with beautiful art to savour and a majestic new space to explore. I look forward to the gallery becoming a special place for all Singaporeans to come together, to appreciate the best of Singaporean and Southeast Asian art. This will truly be a Jubilee gift we can all enjoy for many years to come.”

The National Gallery will be launched with a major event from 27-29 November 2015, featuring a range of performances, screenings and activities in the Padang, the large green space in front of the gallery.

The gallery’s launch forms part of the ‘SG50‘ celebrations to mark the 50th anniversary of Singapore’s independence.

“We want to celebrate Singapore’s 50th year of independence by sharing the rich heritage and history of Singapore and Southeast Asian art,” explained Chong Siak Ching, CEO of the National Gallery. “As the first museum in the world dedicated to Southeast Asian modern art, National Gallery Singapore hopes to captivate and kindle a curiosity for art – from art histories to the stories behind the art, from the discoveries we uncover about Southeast Asia and the world to stories about ourselves.”

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