New modern art wing at National Gallery Singapore to be named after $20 million donor Singtel

The National Gallery Singapore and former Supreme Court building. A new modern art wing at the National Gallery Singapore, set to open in October, will be named after Singtel, as the telco announced a $20 million contribution to the Gallery on Monday
The National Gallery Singapore and former Supreme Court building. A new modern art wing at the National Gallery Singapore, set to open in October, will be named after Singtel, as the telco announced a $20 million contribution to the Gallery on Monday. -- PHOTO: MCCY 

SINGAPORE - A new modern art wing at the National Gallery Singapore, set to open in October, will be named after Singtel, as the telco announced a $20 million contribution to the Gallery on Monday.

Modern art will adorn the walls of the 20,000 sq ft Singtel Special Exhibition Gallery, housed on the third floor of the refurbished Supreme Court and City Hall. This will offer visitors a selection of the Gallery's collection of South-east Asian art, the largest in the world.

"The money will support the research, scholarship and presentation of special exhibitions, which help to further the understanding of art in South-east Asia in a global context," said Ms Chong Siak Ching, chief executive of the National Gallery Singapore, speaking at a joint conference with Singtel's Group CEO Chua Sock Koong.

"We're proud to put homegrown and South-east Asian art on the map, and see this body of work get due recognition, as it takes its rightful place alongside more famous international counterparts," said Ms Chua.

The new wing will host special exhibitions twice a year, curated by the Gallery and its partner art institutions, starting from next April. Each will run for about three to four months, said the Gallery's director Dr Eugene Tan.