Exhibition dedicated to architecture opens at National Gallery Singapore

SINGAPORE - The National Gallery Singapore has launched its first exhibition space dedicated to the architecture of the building. Known as the ArchiGallery, the space will allow visitors to learn more about the former Supreme Court and the adjacent former City Hall, which house the National Gallery.

The ArchiGallery's first exhibition, titled Listening to Architecture: The Gallery's Histories and Transformations, is an immersive exhibition that will highlight the gallery's key architectural features and also showcase artefacts from excavation works conducted on site between 2009 and 2010. It will complement the building history tours that will run at the National Gallery on a daily basis.

Dr Eugene Tan, director of the National Gallery Singapore, said that the exhibition is "a means by which the Gallery may look self-reflexively at its own history within Singapore Civic's District, and to make sense of the district and cultural planning that has long made the site an important landmark".

A history of conservation efforts on the buildings will also be on display, alongside exhibition a commissioned sound work by Singaporean artist Zai Tang that was created from sounds recorded in and around the City Hall and former Supreme Court buildings.

Visitors can also explore the dome of the former Supreme Court and a passageway leading from holding cells at the former Supreme Court through an interactive virtual tour. The gallery, located on the fourth level of the National Gallery's City Hall wing, is now open the public and will run for at least three years. Admission is free.