Pub­lic Programmes


Come join us as we delve deeper into the artist’s world in a series of inter­act­ive and inform­at­ive pro­grammes. An excit­ing line-up of talks, dis­cus­sion for­ums and tours awaits vis­it­ors. Join cur­at­ors and invited speak­ers as they dis­cuss the impact and over­looked aspects of Cheong Soo Pieng’s art. For the first time, the National Art Gal­lery has also com­mis­sioned new pieces of work from young con­tem­por­ary artists which reflect on Cheong’s body of work and how it impacted them. Join these artists as they can­didly explain and dis­cuss their works. Don’t miss our guided cur­a­tours that will take vis­it­ors around the exhib­i­tion and give them an in-depth look at the artist behind the pieces!


Curatours for Cheong Soo Pieng: Bridging Worlds

Cur­a­tours for Cheong Soo Pieng: Bridging Worlds

: Fri­day, 15 Octo­ber and 12 Novem­ber 2010

Time: 7:30pm — 8:30pm
Venue: Meet­ing point at SAM Lobby
Fee: $10 per par­ti­cipant ($5 con­ces­sion price for stu­dents, NSF and senior citizens).

For regis­tra­tion, email Mas­i­tah at

Join our cur­at­ors, Mr Seng Yu Jin and Ms Grace Tng as they bring you through a jour­ney through Cheong Soo Pieng’s artistic prac­tice and get a deeper under­stand­ing of the artist from stor­ies of him as a teacher, trav­eler and friend.

) Cheong Soo Pieng: Anything is Possible

(Forum) Cheong Soo Pieng: Any­thing is Possible

Date: Fri­day, 1 Octo­ber 2010

Time: 7:00pm — 8:30pm
Venue: SAM Glass Hall
Fee: $10 per par­ti­cipant ($5 con­ces­sion price for stu­dents, NSF and senior citizens)

For regis­tra­tion, email Mas­i­tah at

Join the cur­at­ors and speak­ers as they uncover over­looked aspects of Cheong Soo Pieng’s artistic prac­tice that spanned almost half a cen­tury. Soo Pieng’s artistic life that evolved around art his­tor­i­ans, crit­ics, pat­rons, col­lect­ors, fel­low artists and his stu­dents will be explored to provide a richer and intim­ate under­stand­ing of Soo Pieng as a teacher, artist, trav­el­ler, friend and above all, a tire­less exper­i­menter who was never afraid of failure.

Insecure Histories: The Contemporary Artist's Response to Cheong Soo Pieng

(Lec­ture) Insec­ure His­tor­ies: The Con­tem­por­ary Artist’s Response to Cheong Soo Pieng

: Fri­day, 12 Novem­ber 2010

Time: 7:00pm — 8:30pm
Venue: SAM Chapel
Fee: Free Admission

For regis­tra­tion, email

An undis­puted giant in the Singa­pore art world, Cheong Soo Pieng’s pro­lific and exper­i­mental pro­duc­tion has provided Singa­pore with a rich leg­acy of mod­ern art, yet dis­course on his art and its impact remains lim­ited. This exhib­i­tion has attemp­ted to extend that leg­acy into the con­text of con­tem­por­ary art by invit­ing two artists and an art col­lect­ive to crit­ic­ally respond to Soo Pieng, open­ing up more invest­ig­at­ive path­ways towards the pion­eer artist. The talk will dis­cuss in detail each of the com­mis­sioned work and the pos­sible insights they have each achieved to com­plexify his canon. Presen­ted by Dr. Adele Tan.


(Forum) Dis­cus­sion with Com­mis­sioned Artists

: Fri­day, 19 Novem­ber 2010

Time: 7:00pm — 8:30pm
Venue: SAM Chapel
Fee: Free Admission

For regis­tra­tion, email Mas­i­tah at

Two of the com­mis­sioned artists for Cheong Soo Pieng: Bridging Worlds, Michael Lee and Chun Kaifeng, will be in a can­did dis­cus­sion with Adele Tan on their respect­ive art-making jour­neys for the exhib­i­tion. The forum will address the trav­ails of the cre­at­ive and cur­at­orial pro­cesses and explore some of the issues sur­round­ing the man­u­fac­ture of com­mis­sioned art. Mod­er­ated by Dr. Adele Tan.



Inside The Artist’s Stu­dio

Inside The Artist’s Stu­dio is a series of talks and dis­cus­sions which explores the artist’s stu­dio, its his­tory and rel­ev­ance today, and the cre­at­ive process.

A Con­ver­sa­tion with Ver­tical Submarine

A Con­ver­sa­tion with Ver­tical Submarine

Date: Fri­day, 15 Octo­ber 2010

Time: 6.00pm — 6.45pm
Venue: Gal­lery 3.10

Mod­er­ated by Eve Loh

Ver­tical Sub­mar­ine is an inde­pend­ent art col­lect­ive based in Singa­pore com­pris­ing of Joshua Yang, Justin Loke, and Fiona Koh. Formed in 2003, their accol­ades include being awar­ded the President’s Young Tal­ents Award in 2009.

Lao Kwa, which con­sists of two com­ple­ment­ary works, centres on Cheong Soo Pieng’s sem­inal Dry­ing Salted Fish — and the ele­ments of salted fish and money that it recalls, given that this work is prin­ted on Singapore’s fifty-dollar note. In Ver­tical Submarine’s read­ing of Dry­ing Salted Fish, they are depart­ing from the repeated cri­ti­cism of how mod­ern­istic depic­tion of rural life lacks real­ism. What res­ults is a tongue-in-cheek but thought pro­vok­ing dis­couse centred on salted fish (kiam hu) and blood sweat money (xue han qian).

A Conversation with Chun Kaifeng

A Con­ver­sa­tion with Chun Kaifeng

Date: Fri­day, 22 Octo­ber 2010

Time: 6:00pm – 6:45pm
Venue: Gal­lery 3.10

Mod­er­ated by Eve Loh

Chun Kaifeng (b. 1982, Singa­pore) attained his Mas­ter in Fine Art from Glas­gow School of Art in 2010. His prac­tice is embed­ded in con­cepts related to wait­ing, bore­dom and now. The know­ledge from his research, imbued with a sense of mel­an­choly and long­ing, is artic­u­lated through install­a­tions, sculp­tural objects and images. He is a recip­i­ent of the Singa­pore National Art Coun­cil Over­seas Bursary (2009) and the Singa­pore Art Exhib­i­tion Prize (2009).

Chun’s Meet­ing alludes to the dia­logue, across time, between him­self and Cheong Soo Pieng, within the para­met­ers of the oft hal­lowed space that is the stu­dio. As a dwell­ing place for the myth of the artist, the artist’s stu­dio becomes a depar­ture point in Chun’s work, from which he reflects on the wait­ing, bore­dom, uncer­tainty, and per­sist­ent search­ing that goes behind a work. By cre­at­ing a mini­atur­ised model of Cheong Soo Pieng’s stu­dio within a par­tial life-sized model of his own stu­dio, Chun, in effect, cre­ates a place for this meet­ing with Soo Pieng.

A Conversation with Michael Lee

A Con­ver­sa­tion with Michael Lee

Date: Fri­day, 12 Novem­ber 2010

Time: 6:00pm – 6:45pm
Venue: SAM, Chapel

Mod­er­ated by Eve Loh

Michael Lee (b. 1972, Singa­pore) is an artist and cur­ator based in Singa­pore. His research addresses rep­res­ent­a­tions of the built envir­on­ment, espe­cially the con­texts and implic­a­tions of its lost ele­ments. His obser­va­tions are mainly trans­formed into objects, dia­grams, situ­ations, cur­a­tions or essays. His exhibition/festival par­ti­cip­a­tions include The 8th Shang­hai Bien­nale 2010, the 3rd Guang­zhou Tri­en­nial 2008, and the 2005 World Expos­i­tion. His accol­ades include the Young Artist Award (Visual Arts) 2005, con­ferred by the National Arts Coun­cil, Singapore.

The lost takes pre­ced­ence over the exist­ing in Lee’s Scenes of Singa­pore. Lee takes as his start­ing point Cheong Soo Pieng’s miss­ing mural which is, not incid­ent­ally, of the same title. This mod­ern day Scenes of Singa­pore, how­ever, looks at the dif­fer­ent lay­ers of loss in Singapore’s art and archi­tec­tural his­tor­ies, and what these imply. In vis­it­ing the lost and all that it entails, Lee’s install­a­tion invites view­ers to get lost in a recon­struc­ted world of ima­gin­a­tions and memories.

Regis­tra­tion is required. To reserve a seat, please con­tact Ms. Mas­i­tah Ismail at for more details.


Pub­lic Programmes
Age group best catered for Dates Max­imum num­ber of participants Venue Price
Ter­tiary (age 15 and above) / Public Children’s Book Party Sat­urday, 2 Oct, 2:00pm — 4:00pm 100 Singa­pore Art Museum, Glass Hall $35

Inside the Artist’s Stu­dio Talks by the com­mis­sioned artists for art stu­dents at sec­ond­ary and ter­tiary levels

•Talk 01: A Con­ver­sa­tion with Ver­tical Sub­mar­ine Fri­day, 15 Oct, 6:00pm — 6:45pm

•Talk 02: A Con­ver­sa­tion with Chun Kaifeng 22 Oct (Fri­day), 6:00pm — 6:45pm

•Talk 03: A Con­ver­sa­tion with Michael Lee 12 Nov (Fri­day), 6:00pm — 6:45pm

30 per talk Gal­lery 3.10 Chapel Free
Cur­a­tours for Cheong Soo Pieng: Bridging Worlds • Fri­day, 15 Oct, 7:30pm — 8:30pm • Fri­day, 12 Nov, 7:30pm — 8:30pm 40 per curatour Singa­pore Art Museum, Meet­ing Point: SAM lobby $10 (pub­lic) $5 (con­ces­sion: stu­dents. NSF, seniors)
(Forum) Cheong Soo Pieng: Any­thing is Pos­sible Fri­day, 1 Oct, 7:00pm — 8:30pm 100 Singa­pore Art Museum, Glass Hall $10 (pub­lic) $5 (con­ces­sion: stu­dents. NSF, seniors)
(Lec­ture) Insec­ure His­tor­ies: The Con­tem­por­ary Artist’s Response to Cheong Soo Pieng Fri­day, 12 Nov, 7:00pm — 8:30pm 100 Singa­pore Art Museum, Chapel $10 (pub­lic) $5 (con­ces­sion: stu­dents. NSF, seniors)
(Dis­cus­sion) Con­ver­sa­tions in the Gal­lery: Salted Fish, a children’s book Fri­day, 10 Dec, 7:00pm – 8:00pm 30 Singa­pore Art Museum, Gal­lery 3.10 Free Admis­sion



School Learn­ing Programmes

Our learn­ing pro­grammes are spe­cially tailored to engage preschool, primary and sec­ond­ary stu­dents. Preschool and Primary school pro­grammes include story-telling, study­ing art­works in the gal­ler­ies, dis­cus­sions, and hands-on art pro­duc­tion activ­it­ies which rein­force the themes taught.

The sec­ond­ary school pro­grammes encour­age par­ti­cipants to inde­pend­ently eval­u­ate, ana­lyse and inter­pret art­works, through tak­ing on the roles of the art-maker and the critic. Stu­dents can look for­ward to mak­ing assemblage, pup­pets, masks, cubist mont­age and clay sculptures.

All learn­ing pro­grammes will be facil­it­ated by trained National Art Gal­lery edu­cat­ors. Free guided tours for school groups are also avail­able. For pro­grammes and regis­tra­tion details, please down­load the fol­low­ing : School Learn­ing Pro­grammes




Children’s Book Party: Salted Fish


Date: Sat­urday, 2 Octo­ber 2010

Time: 2:00pm – 4:00pm
Singa­pore Art Museum, Glass Hall)
Suit­able for Chil­dren ages 4–7.

Happy Children’s Day! We are launch­ing our very first pic­ture book, Salted Fish.

In the book, Lynn is on her first visit to an art museum and she dis­cov­ers some­thing strange about an import­ant paint­ing by a fam­ous artist in Singa­pore. Come join us and learn more about this story of how art touches the life of a child. The pro­gramme includes story-telling per­form­ances, inter­act­ive art activ­it­ies and admis­sion to the exhibition.*

Admis­sion fee: $35 for a child and an accom­pa­ny­ing par­ent. Each addi­tional adult pays $12. The admis­sion includes a pre-autographed copy of Salted Fish as well as a col­our­ing book based on the art­works of the pion­eer artist Cheong Soo Pieng.

Please e-mail to RSVP for the party. Tick­ets can be paid for upfront or at the regis­tra­tion desk by the Glass Hall on the day.

RSVP and Enquir­ies: Mas­i­tah Ismail
Edu­ca­tion Sup­port Officer
DID: + 65 6332 5274
+ 65 6336 5740

* Admis­sion cov­ers ONE adult only. All chil­dren below 7 receive free admis­sion but chil­dren aged 7 and above must show their stu­dent iden­tity cards to receive a waiver of admission.


Meet the author and illus­trator of Salted Fish! 

Date: Sat­urday, 4 Decem­ber 2010

Time: 3:30pm – 4:30pm
Kinok­uniya Takashi­maya Singapore

An exclus­ive oppor­tun­ity to meet the author and illus­trator for the children’s book, Salted Fish. Hear about their inspir­a­tions, see how the illus­tra­tions evolved and get your books autographed.

Admis­sion is free and all are welcome!


Con­ver­sa­tions in the Gallery

Date: Fri­day, 10 Decem­ber 2010

Time: 7:00pm – 8:00pm
Singa­pore Art Museum, Gal­lery 3.10

Join us for a behind-the-scenes dis­cus­sion with Yeo Wei Wei and Ye Shufang, the author and illus­trator of Salted Fish.

Admis­sion is free and all are welcome!