The best contemporary art galleries in Singapore

Chin stroke your way through the city’s these alternative art galleries
Parkview Museum
Parkview Museum
By Sofiana Ramli and Cam Khalid |
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With the city's top museums dominating itineraries, it’s easy to forget about the smaller,
offbeat gems. Time to open your mind with these alternatives to the big hitters and d
ive into the world of art at these contemporary galleries that house renowned paintings, sculptures and installations.

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Parkview Museum

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Also known as the ‘Gotham City’ building, the ritzy Parkview
Square houses the largest collection of Italian art in Asia, as well
as an extensive range of contemporary art from across Europe
and Asia. The private gallery also hosts exclusive exhibitions,
themed showcases and guided gallery tours for art aficionados.

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Deck

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This independent art space is more than just a gallery – it is also decked (see what we did there?) with a library, café and two studios within its multiple shipping containers. It’s hosted various photography events including the Singapore International Photography Festival.

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Red Dot Design Museum Singapore

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Looking like something out of a sci-fi film, the museum’s brand new digs is worth checking out. It’s home to the latest mind-blowing prototypes and ideas, as well as contemporary product and communication designs created by winners of the prestigious Red Dot Product Design Awards.

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The Cathay Gallery

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Head to the second floor of The Cathay and you’ll find more movie magic at The Cathay Gallery. This hidden gem is a time capsule of movie memorabilia wallpapered with vintage film posters of the most iconic flicks in cinematic history, such as the animated classic The Jungle Book and The Sound of Music.

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Vintage Cameras Museum

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A first of its kind here, this museum is built to mirror a massive Rollei camera and boasts over 1000 vintage cameras. It houses everything from old-school spy cameras to novel pistol cameras, as well as retro images, interesting nuggets on photography and a fascinating replica of the first photograph – this museum is truly a shutterbug’s dream come true.

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Opera Gallery Singapore

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Feast your eyes on a wealth of sculptures and paintings by acclaimed modern artists including Manolo Valdés, André Brasilier and Fernando Botero at Opera Gallery. What goes on display is carefully curated by its collectors and if you’re looking to bag one, simply ask one of the staff – but be warned, they all come with a hefty price tag.

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Gajah Gallery

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Here’s a gallery that throws the spotlight on contemporary art by established artists from Southeast Asia. The gallery also offers regular exhibition tours and dialogue sessions with its local and regional curators.

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Mizuma Gallery

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Contemporary paintings, drawings, sculptures, photographs, prints… whatever it is, Mizuma Gallery has it all. Opened in 2012 by Sueo Mizuma, the gallery provides a space for emerging Japanese artists and Southeast Asian talents to showcase their works.

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STPI Creative Workshop and Gallery

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Known for its artist collaboration programme, STPI has partnered with over 90 contemporary artists like Amanda Heng to allow them to experiment and debut never-before-seen print and paper pieces.

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Pearl Lam Galleries

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With galleries in Hong Kong and Shanghai, Pearl Lam Galleries has opened two others right here in Singapore – one in Dempsey and the other at Gillman Barracks. Focusing mainly on Chinese and Asian artists, the gallery sets itself as a platform for those who dare to push artistic boundaries. Presenting prominent figures in the Chinese abstract art scene such as Su Xiaobai and Zhu Jinshi, it also occasionally reps international names like David LaChapelle and Leonardo Drew.

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