National Gallery: Hit or miss?

As the National Gallery turns three, The Straits Times looks at its impact on the art scene and what the national art institution can do better

Artist Yanyun Chen has vivid memories of studying Singapore and South-east Asian art for the Art Elective Programme in secondary school and junior college with the aid of black-and-white photocopies of artworks.

"I had to memorise the colours of the paintings," the 31-year-old recalled. "The tragedy for me then was that there wasn't a place to go to see the work."

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 18, 2018, with the headline 'National Gallery: Hit or miss?'. Print Edition | Subscribe