Coming to you soon in 2015, the National Art Gallery, Singapore is a brand new visual arts institution building upon a sound foundation of scholarship and experience. Over time, we hope to strengthen Singapore’s role as a regional and international hub for visual arts. We will do this through the display, promotion, research and study of Southeast Asian and Singapore art, while hosting international art exhibitions.
Our future home likewise pair rich history with exciting modernity. Right in the heart of the Civic District, two monumental buildings—the City Hall and the former Supreme Court—will be refurbished and reborn as the National Art Gallery. At 60,000 square metres, we will not only be the largest visual arts venue in Singapore but also one of the largest in the region when the Gallery officially opens.
The National Art Gallery will focus on displaying Southeast Asian art, including Singapore art, from the 19th century to present day. Through a comprehensive collection, the Gallery will present the development of Singapore and regional cultures, so as to tell the story of their social, economic and political histories.
While the body of works at the National Art Gallery falls largely within the area of modern art, the Gallery strives towards understanding the collection in new and varied ways – taking on a contemporary approach and interpretation of the development of Southeast Asian art. The Gallery will look beyond national and regional boundaries of art, and take on a wider ambit of international visual arts culture, research into our Asian heritage and cultural affiliations, and engage with global cultures and discourses.
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