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Photo gallery: Gillman Barracks reopen with museum-style exhibition

Published on Sep 15, 2012 5:30 AM

It was the art party of the year on Friday night as a who's who of the international and Singapore art scenes turned up at the Gillman Barracks' official opening.

Among the luminaries were Japanese pop artists Yoshitomo Nara and Hiroshi Sugito, Chinese painter Zhang Enli and Filipino installation artists Alfredo and Isabel Aquilizan. They were flown in by the galleries representing them, including Japan's Tomio Koyama, China's ShangART and the Philippines' The Drawing Room.

These galleries are among the 13 which have opened new branches at the former British army barracks, which used to house restaurants and bars.

Arts writer and author Woon Tai Ho, 53, said: "Gillman is just the right size as it has an international mix of galleries which are promising quality art. I think having a cluster of galleries always helps. If you need a trip out for a dose of art in Singapore, this would be it. Gillman will be for the arts what Dempsey has been for lifestyle and F&B. But I would not like it to morph into China's Beijing's 798 Art District, which in recent years has become too much of a tourist destination.

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