The museums may be closed now due to the latest "circuit breaker" measures enforced by PM Lee last week, but that doesn't mean your art education has to take a backseat. Especially now that you should be staying home, you probably have more time on your hands now. There's no better time to learn about art history, theories, and all that jazz. As long as you've got access to the internet, you can "explore" virtual art exhibitions from museums all around the world – right from your couch.
In case you didn't know, National Gallery Singapore has an Online Collections Search Portal of over 1,000 artworks, 7,000 archival and 9,000 library holdings. The Portal allows you to take a closer look at the Gallery's art pieces from Lim Cheng Hoe's Masts at Kallang Port and Kampong Hut to Latiff Mohidin's Joget (Malay Dance). Through the online catalogue, you can learn about prolific artists and painters in Singapore, their most popular works, and the mediums they use. Additionally, you'll also have access to the Gallery's archive, which boasts photos from the artists' personal collection. Check out Chia Wai Hon's travel photos or Chen Chong Swee's family portraits.
If you want to delve deeper into each artwork and archival resources, you can also browse a library reference collection catalogue and digital archives on the Portal. There's an extensive collection of art books, from Yvonne Yanmei Low's Awesome art Indonesia: 10 works from the archipelago everyone should know to The artist speaks: Georgette Chen, which profiles one of the trailblazers of the Singapore art movement.Share the story