With so much anticipation leading up to the opening of the National Gallery on November 24, it’s only fitting that a celebration be held to mark this momentous occasion in Singapore’s calendar. Among the highlights, all visitors will get to enjoy free entry to the two permanent exhibitions: Siapa Nama Kamu? at the DBS Singapore Gallery and Between Declarations and Dreams at the UOB Southeast Asia Gallery from now until December 6.
Not to be missed is the Share The Hope façade show taking place from this weekend (Nov 27 to 29). Sponsored by Cartier, the show will turn the heritage City Hall and Supreme Court buildings into a canvas for light, sound and visuals that will bring the National Gallery to Life. The show will take place at 8pm, 9pm and 10pm and run for ten minutes.
Naturally, no celebration will be complete without a carnival and the Padang just opposite the National Gallery makes for the perfect setting this weekend. Taking place from 5pm to Midnight, visitors get to enjoy a block party experience where art takes centrestage via a weekend of interactive art installations, community art workshops and artisanal treats.
Numerous art talks will also be staged this weekend by curators, art critics and even architects about the evolution of Southeast Asian art in the region, the changing roles of museums, as well as the architecture, design and conservation principles of the Gallery.
Last but by no means least, your exploration of the gallery will be enhanced by the new Gallery Explorer app which the public can download for free from Apple’s App Store from 18 November and from Google Play Store shortly after. Created in collaboration with the Gallery’s Innovation Partner Accenture, the app enables intelligent indoor navigation across the Gallery’s 64,000 sq m area, proactively giving information on the art within the vicinity.
For more information on the events at the National Gallery, please visit their website.