National Gallery Singapore opens on Nov 24: ST guide on what to see, do and eat

An installation incorporating a blown-up version of the Portrait of Lee Boon Ngan by Chua Mia Tee outside the National Gallery Singapore on Nov 19, 2015
An installation incorporating a blown-up version of the Portrait of Lee Boon Ngan by Chua Mia Tee outside the National Gallery Singapore on Nov 19, 2015ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM
(Centre, from left) National Gallery Singapore director Eugene Tan, National Gallery Singapore chief executive Chong Siak Ching, National Development Minister Lawrence Wong, PM Lee Hsien Loong and Minister for Culture, Community and Youth Grace Fu cr
(Centre, from left) National Gallery Singapore director Eugene Tan, National Gallery Singapore chief executive Chong Siak Ching, National Development Minister Lawrence Wong, PM Lee Hsien Loong and Minister for Culture, Community and Youth Grace Fu crossing the link bridge from the City Hall Wing to the Supreme Court Wing on Nov 23, 2015.ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM
PM Lee (centre) shaking hands with potter Iskandar Jalil (left) during his visit to the National Gallery Singapore on Nov 23, 2015.
PM Lee (centre) shaking hands with potter Iskandar Jalil (left) during his visit to the National Gallery Singapore on Nov 23, 2015.ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM
PM Lee (centre) taking a picture of pupils from Greenwood Primary at the Social Table during his visit to National Gallery Singapore on Nov 23, 2015.
PM Lee (centre) taking a picture of pupils from Greenwood Primary at the Social Table during his visit to National Gallery Singapore on Nov 23, 2015.ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM
PM Lee (centre) touring the DBS Singapore Gallery during his visit to the National Gallery Singapore on Nov 23, 2015.
PM Lee (centre) touring the DBS Singapore Gallery during his visit to the National Gallery Singapore on Nov 23, 2015. ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM
A projection being screened across the wall of Singtel Special Exhibition Gallery during PM Lee's visit to the National Gallery Singapore on Nov 23, 2015.
A projection being screened across the wall of Singtel Special Exhibition Gallery during PM Lee's visit to the National Gallery Singapore on Nov 23, 2015. ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM
PM Lee (centre, left) shaking hands with painter Chua Mia Tee during his visit to the National Gallery Singapore on Nov 23, 2015.
PM Lee (centre, left) shaking hands with painter Chua Mia Tee during his visit to the National Gallery Singapore on Nov 23, 2015. ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM

SINGAPORE - The National Gallery Singapore, which has been in the making for a decade, opens on Tuesday (Nov 24).

The museum,  which is housed in the former City Hall and Supreme Court buildings, will hold a two week-long celebration of free events and activities to mark its opening.

Prior to that, the media have been getting sneak peeks of its promising gallery spaces.  At the DBS Singapore Gallery, for instance, art lovers will get to see the sweep of Singapore art - from the 19th century to the present - in one venue.

Heading down to the National Gallery? Here's a guide on what to check out:

1. 10 works not to be missed


STILL LIFE WITH CUT APPLE AND ORANGE, 1928 to 1930: By Georgette Chen, oil on panel, 26cm by 34cm PHOTO: NATIONAL HERITAGE BOARD


SINCAPORE (SINGAPORE), 1840s: Artist unknown, lithograph, 10.1cm by 16cm PHOTO: NATIONAL HERITAGE BOARD


EPIPHANY, 1942: By Richard Walker, oil on panel, 71cm by 98.6cm PHOTO: NATIONAL HERITAGE BOARD
 


ANOTHER WOMAN, 1996 to 1997: By Amanda Heng, C-print on paper, 75.4cm by 100.9cm PHOTO: NATIONAL HERITAGE BOARD


SOLITUDE, 1960 to 1970: By Chua Tiag Ming, photograph, 22.5cm by 29.9cm PHOTO: NATIONAL HERITAGE BOARD

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2. Stunning spaces


1. Supreme Court foyer PHOTO: MARK CHEONG


2. Rotunda dome PHOTO: MARK CHEONG


3. Keppel Centre for Art Education PHOTO: MARK CHEONG


4. Padang Atrium PHOTO: MARK CHEONG


5. Main dome - PHOTO: ST FILE  

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3. What to do: Launch festivities


Siapa Nama Kamu? or What Is Your Name? (DBS Singapore Gallery) and Between Declarations And Dreams (UOB Southeast Asia Gallery) PHOTOS: ST FILE

National Gallery Singapore's opening celebrations start today and run till Dec 6. Admission for most events is free, although registration is required for some. Life picks some highlights.

Siapa Nama Kamu? or What Is Your Name? (DBS Singapore Gallery) and Between Declarations And Dreams (UOB Southeast Asia Gallery)

The two exhibitions provide a sweeping look at Singapore and South-east Asian art from the 19th century to the present. About 800 artworks are on show.

Art Forum 1: The Exceptional And The Exemplary. Stories

From National Gallery Singapore's Permanent Exhibitions Of South-east Asian And Singapore Art A panel comprising the gallery's curators, artists and researchers will discuss five key artworks from the two permanent exhibitions.

Share The Hope

This outdoor audio-visual production draws inspiration from the art within the Gallery. For three nights, there will be stunning light and sound displays against the backdrop of the Gallery building.

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4. Where to eat


Smoke & Mirrors at the National Gallery Singapore. ST PHOTO: MARK CHEONG

Gallery & Co.

Opening later this month, this space run by Singapore retail company &Co is where you can grab a cup of coffee or a light meal. Design items, children's books and gallery publications can be bought too. Prices start at $5 for a cup of coffee and mains such as pastas are priced between $8 and $15.

Alti's Gastrobar

A stylish all-day gastrobar that serves small bites and drinks. Expect specially designed Asian- inspired fruit cocktails. There are select meals and food items at $10 and below. Opening in the middle of next month.

Smoke & Mirrors

Enjoy views of the Padang and Marina Bay at this bar. Bar bites include Cantonese-style roast pork belly ($16). Enjoy drinks inspired by the artworks in the Gallery, such as Black And White c.1970-1980 cocktail ($24), which is inspired by Anthony Poon's painting and is a mix of dark chocolate, cream and rum, curacao orange and a long finish of liquorice from absinthe.

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5. National Gallery to open with big bash

The National Gallery Singapore, which has been in the making for a decade, will open on Nov 24 with a two week-long celebration of free events and activities.

 
 

The opening weekend, in particular, will be marked by a carnival that spills out of the museum and onto the Padang, with roads in the area closed to traffic. The outdoor block party from Nov 27 to 29 will run from 5pm to midnight and include art workshops, interactive installations and food stalls at the Padang.

Admission to the museum's galleries and exhibitions will also be free for all visitors during the opening fortnight, from Nov 24 to Dec 6. The museum is open during this period from 10am to 7pm, Mondays to Thursdays, and 10am to 11pm from Fridays to Sundays.

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6. Get a sneak peek at the new National Gallery 


7. Art collection at National Gallery tells story of Singapore

For the first time, art lovers will get to see the sweep of Singapore art - from the 19th century to the present - in one venue.

The DBS Singapore Gallery showcases pieces such as an 1865 engraving of Singapore and works of home-grown artists, such as Tang Da Wu's 1991 installation Tiger's Whip. The mixed-media piece is among the most representative works of Singapore's contemporary art history.

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8. Five highlights of Singapore art you should not miss at the National Gallery

Spread over a sprawling 1,750 sq m and supported by a generous $25 million donation by DBS Bank, the DBS Singapore Gallery will show 400 artworks in a long-term exhibition titled Siapa Nama Kamu? (What Is Your Name?).

Situated on one floor in the City Hall wing, it will open along with the rest of the National Gallery on Nov 24.

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9. Masterpieces in the National Collection get their video close-ups

Some of the National Gallery's most prized pieces, sucn as Chua Mia Tee's Epic Poem Of Malaya, were featured in an online video series titled My Masterpiece. 

Watch the video clips here.


10. National Gallery's UOB Southeast Asia Gallery tells the history of region through art

The UOB Southeast Asia Gallery presents the largest South-east Asian modern art exhibition in any space.

The long-term opening exhibit, titled Between Declarations And Dreams, presents around 400 artworks. The show draws works from Singapore's National Collection and also presents loans from other museums and collections. 

Among the institutions which have lent works for the show are the Fukuoka Art Museum in Japan, Tropenmuseum, Amsterdam, the National Museum of the Philippines, and the Vietnam Fine Art Museum.

Read more here. 


11. National Gallery Singapore shaping up to be the next foodie draw

The National Gallery Singapore is shaping up to be the next foodie draw in the Civic District.

Six restaurants are opening in the new museum, which is housed in the former City Hall and Supreme Court buildings.

Read more here.