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National Gallery Singapore

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Photo:Darren Soh and National Gallery Singapore

Time Out says

The former City Hall and Supreme Court buildings have been refurbished to become the National Gallery. It is the largest visual art gallery in Singapore, and mostly dedicated to local and South-East Asian art from the 19th century to today. Many of the works on display will be drawn from the National Collection. 

Here's a first look at the National Gallery.


1 St Andrew’s Rd
Free admission for locals and PRs, $20 admission for foreigners; charges for special exhibitions apply
Opening hours:
Mon-Thu 10am-7pm; Fri 10am-9pm; Sat & Sun 10am-7pm
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What’s on

Cheong Soo Pieng: Layer by Layer

Explore a curated selection of 30 paintings by artist Cheong Soo Pieng, completed from the 1950s to the 1980s. Visitors can venture through the space segmented into three sections that will answer the following questions: “What makes a painting?”, “When is a painting complete?”, and “What is painting?”. This exhibition is a special one as it is the first in Southeast Asia to utilise material analysis such as x-ray scans and infrared photography to unveil fresh insights into Cheong’s artistic processes. Visitors will be able to dive into Cheong Soo Pieng’s art journey and learn more about the ins and outs of his practice such as materials used, art approaches, and untold stories and ideas.

Figuring A Scene

If you’ve seen the widely-discussed artwork featuring a banana taped to a wall that sold for over a hundred thousand dollars, then you would know that there are no boundaries in modern art. This inevitably leads us to the pressing question: What exactly is art? With this question in mind, take a trip to the National Gallery’s latest show, Figuring A Scene. The exhibition is divided into six segments: ‘Shadow’, 'Fruit’, ‘Fire’, ‘Air’, ‘Wax’ and ‘City’. These different points of focus hope to further aid our understanding of the displayed works beyond its historical or societal contexts.  For example, in the segment ‘Fruit’, the show examines the diverse portrayals of the King of Fruits, Durian, throughout several mediums of art – from sculptures to paintings and photographs. With each medium offering its own unique point of view, visitors can reflect on its status during colonial times and uncover how this fruit has evolved into an iconic symbol of Singapore's national identity. For more information, visit their website here.Download the e-catalogue here.

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