Hour At The Museum

The newly opened AC43 gallery in Bras Basah Complex aims to showcase works by Singapore artists, but also draw foreign artists who wish to work with Singaporeans. Its launch exhibition features 12 of its represented artists. It is owned by gallerist Ho Sou Ping, who also runs the Artcommune gallery in the same building.


Raffles Place (2012)
By Zhu Hong, watercolour on paper, 40x116cm

This panoramic painting captures the crowds weaving through Raffles Place, a key business district in Singapore.

For The Future (2015)
By Zhang Fu Ming, handprint woodcut on paper, 160x100cm

The artist, known for his charcoal on paper drawings of life in Singapore, does a gritty woodcut of adults supervising students doing their homework, a common scene in most households here.

Boat Lane (2006)
By Xing Qing Xin, oil on canvas, 119x49cm

The oil painter, who was born in Xi'an in China, paints a typical scene of a boat drifting through a narrow canal where other boats are moored.

Soothing Sun (2016)
By Wu Xue Li, oil on canvas, 61x92cm

Wu was inspired by music playing during the festive Chinese New Year season and swayed her palette knife to the rhythm, producing the layers of textured and vibrant movements across the canvas.

Morning Market (Chengdu, Sichuan) (2006)
By Teo Kim Liong, oil on canvas, 54x65cm

Using daubs of colourful paint, Teo evokes a typical scene at a morning market in the Chinese city of Chengdu.

Prefab Up: Up in One Day (2007)
By Hong Sek Chern, Chinese ink and colour on paper, 155x170cm

Hong created this work, which shows a man reclined and staring up at a building before him, after reading a news article about a Chinese construction company that was able to complete a building in a week. The painting's title is a reference to the news item.

Abstract Shophouse (2015)
By Anthony Chua Say Hua, Chinese ink and colour on paper, 105 x101cm

The artist, known for his bold experimentation with brushes and ink, melds the different forms and shapes of Singaporean shophouses in this abstract painting.

Finding Familiarity #03 (2013)
By Benny Teo, oil on canvas, 110x152cm

Teo evokes square and block shapes that resemble window grilles and floor tiles, contrasting them with a textured fog swirling underneath.

WHERE: 231 Bain Street, Bras Basah Complex, 02-43

MRT: Bugis/Bras Basah

WHEN: Till March 27, noon to 7pm daily


INFO: Call 6336-0446

Lee Jian Xuan

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 18, 2016, with the headline 'Hour At The Museum'. Print Edition | Subscribe