National Gallery opens for free for opening period

The National Gallery Singapore, home to the world's largest repository of South-east Asian art, will be open to the public for free, from its opening date on Nov 24 till Dec 6.

It will kick off its opening with a festival titled Share The Hope at the Padang from Nov 27 to 29.

Visitors will get to view the permanent exhibitions on display at the two permanent galleries, the DBS Singapore Art Gallery and UOB Southeast Asia Art Gallery.

They can also attend a slew of performances, screenings and activities near the $530-million museum, which is housed in the former City Hall and Supreme Court buildings.

Activities include panel discussions, tours and talks, as well as the launch of the Art Connector, a sheltered walkway linking City Hall MRT station along North Bridge Road and Coleman Street to the Gallery's entrance.

More activities will be announced over the next few months, said the Gallery in a press statement yesterday .

The Gallery said it will provide information on admission prices closer to the opening.

Chief executive Chong Siak Ching said: "As the first museum in the world dedicated to South-east Asian modern art, we hope to kindle a curiosity for art."

In the year ahead, visitors can also look forward to special exhibitions that the Gallery brings in under curatorial partnerships with prestigious art institutions worldwide, such as France's Centre Pompidou and the Tate Britain.

Other than art, the Gallery will also house a variety of restaurants.

The line-up includes a 9,000 sq ft eatery by Italian restaurateur Beppe de Vito, Odette, a fine-dining restaurant by former Jaan head chef Julien Royer and The Lo & Behold Group, as well as a restaurant by cooking doyenne Violet Oon.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 01, 2015, with the headline 'National Gallery opens for free for opening period'. Subscribe