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Cheong Soo Pieng, Drying Salted Fish

Cheong Soo Pieng, Dry­ing Salted Fish, 1978, chinese ink and col­our on cloth, 70 x 103cm, National Col­lec­tion, Singapore.

Here at the National Gal­lery Singa­pore, we research, cur­ate and present art­works with a focus on mod­ern South­east Asian and Singa­por­ean art.

We aim to be a centre of excel­lence in Asian art in the region, provid­ing an intel­lec­tual cul­tural frame­work on which inter­na­tional dis­course and fresh under­stand­ings of our unique visual art her­it­age can take place. Singapore’s National Col­lec­tion num­bers approx­im­ately 8,000 pieces, two thirds of which are South­east Asian and Singa­por­ean works span­ning the 19th and 20th cen­tury. Our par­ent organ­isa­tion the National Her­it­age Board is the cus­todian of this invalu­able repos­it­ory — one of the world’s largest pub­lic col­lec­tions of mod­ern and con­tem­por­ary South­east Asian art.

The collection’s strength lies in its com­pre­hens­ive rep­res­ent­a­tion of Singa­pore art and its unpar­alleled hold­ings of works by major Singa­por­ean artists such as Geor­gette Chen, Chen Chong Swee, Chen Wen Hsi, Cheong Soo Pieng and Liu Kang. The col­lec­tion also includes sig­ni­fic­ant pieces from South­east Asian artists of inter­na­tional stand­ing, such as Affandi (Indone­sia), Latiff Mohidin (Malay­sia), Le Pho (Viet­nam), Mon­tien Boonma (Thai­l­and) and Fernando Cueto Amor­solo (Phillippines).

Apart from exhib­i­tions within Singa­pore, our col­lec­tion has also trav­elled to inter­na­tional museums and was dis­played at lead­ing museums, gal­ler­ies and insti­tu­tions in the Amer­icas, Europe and Asia.

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