Over a decade in the making at the cost of almost $532 million, the National Gallery finally opened to the public on November 24.
Housed within the stunning architecture of the heritage buildings in the City Hall area, the restored original Supreme Court and City Hall buildings respectively, the National Gallery is positioned as the single largest institution dedicated to Southeast Asian art and Singapore art.
In an exclusive unveiling on November 23, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and some 500 guests, including artists, patrons, community leaders and key friends of the arts, were given an exclusive tour of the 64,000sq ft museum.
There, they had an early look at the wide array of canonical works from both Singapore and the Southeast Asian region in the two permanent exhibitions at the UOB Southeast Asian Gallery and DBS Singapore Gallery.
In his opening remarks, Mr Hsieh Fu Hua, Chairman of National Gallery Singapore said in his opening remarks: “Artists are often seen as being unconventional, separate from the mainstream. Through our exhibitions, visitors will realise that in fact, artists are integral to society and that art is not created in a vacuum.”
“Knowing who our key artists are, knowing what artistic expressions have been made over time in our country and in our region – all this is knowledge that will inform and shape our sense of connection to our community. Looking at art is a way of engaging in national and regional dialogues about identity and belonging.”
From now until December 6, admission is free for all visitors. For more information, visit www.nationalgallery.sg.