Opening in November 2015, National Gallery Singapore is a brand new visual arts museum that engages, excites and inspires with the art of Singapore, Southeast Asia and the world. The Gallery will contribute to Singapore’s ambition to become a global city for the arts.
Located in the heart of the Civic District, two monumental buildings—the City Hall and the former Supreme Court—have been refurbished and will be reborn as National Gallery Singapore. At 64,000 square metres, we will not only be the largest visual arts venue in Singapore but also one of the largest in the region.
The Gallery will focus on displaying Singapore and Southeast Asian art from the 19th century to the present day. Through a comprehensive collection, the Gallery will present the development of Singapore and regional cultures to tell their social, economic and political histories.
While the body of works at the Gallery falls largely within the area of modern art, the Gallery strives towards understanding the collection in new and varied ways—taking on a contemporary approach and interpretation of the development of Southeast Asian art. The Gallery will look beyond national and regional boundaries of art to take on a wider
ambit of international visual arts culture, research into our Asian heritage and cultural affiliations, and engage with global cultures and discourses.