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.