How will the two buildings - City Hall and the former Supreme Court – be used differently?
The Supreme Court building will be home to the UOB Southeast Asia Gallery, while the DBS Singapore Gallery will be featured in the City Hall building, along with the Singtel Special Exhibition Gallery.
The Keppel Centre for Art Education, Ng Teng Fong Roof Garden Gallery and other F&B and retail spaces will also be housed in the City Hall building. In addition, there will also be smaller galleries and event spaces across both buildings.
What can we find in the permanent exhibitions?
We have more than 10,000 artworks in Singapore’s national collection, approximately 8,000 of which are to be displayed in the Gallery. At any one time, about 1,000 pieces from the collection will be on display. The Gallery will focus on displaying Singapore and South-East Asian art from the 19th century to the present day.
Some highlights include Chua Mia Tee’s 'Epic Poem of Malaya' and Raden Saleh's 'Wounded Lion', which will be featured in the UOB Southeast Asia Gallery, as well as Liu Kang's 'Artist and Model' and Cheong Soo Pieng’s 'Drying Salted Fish' in the DBS Singapore Gallery.
Tell us about the curatorial process.
Our team of curators work in full gear to put together the exhibitions - from researching new aspects of the art history of the region and selecting pieces for the exhibitions, to working closely with regional scholars, artists and curators.
We also establish relationships and build trust with art collectors and art institutions around the world to loan key artworks that complement our collection.
What temporary exhibitions will be hosted?
The Singtel Special Exhibition Gallery will feature exhibitions curated and presented in collaboration with art institutions from around the world. Our first collaboration with Centre Pompidou [from Paris] will be presented in April 2016, followed by our second international partnership with Tate Britain in October 2016.