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JA N -F EB 2021 - National Gallery Singapore
J A N – F E B 2021
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ADVISORY ON COVID-19 (CORONAVIRUS DISEASE 2019)

      The safety and well-being of our visitors and staff continue to remain our top priority.

      •      Necessary precautionary measures such as wearing masks,
             temperature screening, contact tracing and safe distancing are in place.
      •      The Gallery, together with its F&B establishments, has been certified SG Clean.

      Given the constantly changing COVID-19 situation, please visit nationalgallery.sg
      for the latest updates on tours, events and programmes (including talks and lectures,
      workshops and courses, children's and family activities at the Keppel Centre for Art
      Education, performances and film screenings).

      Thank you for your continued support and understanding as we keep the Gallery safe
      and enjoyable for everyone.

                                                             Cover image:
                                                             Georgette Chen
                                                             Malay Wedding
                                                             1962
                                                             Oil on canvas
                                                             65 x 81 cm
                                                             Collection of National Museum of Singapore

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Image of Stories in Light: Four Modern Photographers in Singapore virtual exhibition

Wu Guanzhong with students from the Central Academy of Art and Design’s Department of Ceramics 1977 class,
on one of their outdoor drawing trips to Juyong Pass and Badaling, September 1978.
Digitised by National Gallery Singapore Library & Archive with kind permission of Wu Keyu.

Image of Light to Night Festival 2021:____-In-Progress

Installation view of the Art Playscape at the Keppel Centre for Art Education

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www.nationalgallery.sg for the most updated information. The views and opinions expressed by speakers, facilitators and docents at
the workshops and tours do not necessarily represent the position of the Gallery. Published in Dec 2020. All information is correct
at time of print.
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CO NTE NT S                      JAN–FEB
                                     2021

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              2    About the Gallery
              3    Director’s Message
              4    Art We Love
              5    #GalleryAnywhere
              6    Highlights Calendar
              8    National Gallery Singapore Turns 5

                                         Exhibitions
              10 Special Exhibitions
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              17 Long-Term Exhibitions

              22             Special Programmes

                                              Tours
              26 Gallery Tours
              28 Performances
              30 Talks and Workshops
              31 Rotunda Library & Archive

22                                 Kids & Schools
              32 Keppel Centre for Art Education
              36 Shopping & Dining
              38 Gallery Publications

                                            Visit Us
              40 Ticketing Information
              42 General Information
              44 Support the Gallery
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                    Digital Experience
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ABOUT THE
GALLERY

U N V E I LI N G M O D E R N S I N G A P O R E
A N D SOU TH E A S T A S I A N A R T
National Gallery Singapore is a leading visual arts institution overseeing the largest public
collection of modern art of Singapore and Southeast Asia. Situated at the birthplace of
modern Singapore, in the heart of the Civic District, the Gallery is housed in two national
monuments—City Hall and former Supreme Court—that have been beautifully restored and
transformed into this exciting 64,000 square metre venue.

Reflecting Singapore’s unique heritage and geographical location, the Gallery aims to be
a progressive museum that creates dialogues between the art of Singapore, Southeast
Asia and the world to foster and inspire a creative and inclusive society. This is reflected
in our collaborative research, education initiatives, long-term and special exhibitions, and
innovative programming.

BOARD MEMBERS
Hsieh Fu Hua (Chairman)
Jose Isidro N. (Lito) Camacho
Chang Hwee Nee
Chew Choon Seng
Chong Siak Ching
Jennie Chua
Rosa Daniel
Goh Kok Huat
Nur Hidayah
Peter Ho
Shareen Khattar
Professor Dr Apinan Poshyananda
Doris Sohmen-Pao
Professor Tan Chorh Chuan
Whang Shang Ying

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DIRECTOR’S
MESSAGE

Dear friends,

A very happy new year to you and your loved ones.

Here at the Gallery, we are constantly looking for new and better ways of sharing our
exhibitions and programmes with our audiences. We continue to develop #GalleryAnywhere,
the initiative we launched last year that allows people to access art any time they want, online.
The latest enhancement is 360-degree footage of our exhibitions, so viewers can explore
them in detail on their mobile devices—even if the exhibitions are not accessible to them—
while serving as a comprehensive record of our shows. We also recently launched our first
virtual exhibition, Stories in Light, which features four photographers who were key to the
development of modern photography in Singapore. Influential figures in the 1950s and 1960s
art scene, their works offer different ways of imagining a rapidly transforming Singapore.

In fact, #GalleryAnywhere has taught us that digital experiences can enrich the museum
visit, and we are now looking at ways to provide an immersive “phygital” experience.
Come January, the 2021 Light to Night Festival will be a redefined festival of both physical
and online activities. There will be exciting games that will take you around the Civic District,
allowing you to see familiar locales in a new light, as well as workshops and talks that you can
tune in to from the comfort of home.

At the same time, we know that the experience of viewing artworks in person is irreplaceable.
This February, the fifth exhibition of our Wu Guanzhong series—Learning from the Master—
opens. While Wu was renowned for fusing Western and Chinese art traditions, he was also
an art educator for almost half a century. Through photographs, sketchbooks and drawings,
this intimate presentation invites you into dialogues that Wu shared with his students from
China’s Central Academy of Art and Design, giving you a deeper insight into Wu’s pedagogy
and art philosophies.

I look forward to engaging our audiences—new and old—in refreshing and novel ways as we
head into this new year.

Wishing you and your family good health,

Eugene Tan
Director, National Gallery Singapore

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ART
WE LOVE

Tan Lip Seng. The Frame. 1974, reprinted in 2017. Digital print on archival paper, 33 x 50 cm. This acquisition was made
possible with donations to the Art Adoption & Acquisition Programme.

DID YOU KNOW?
Singapore photographer Tan Lip Seng made this image by layering multiple colour-slide
transparencies. This erased all the background detail in favour of an empty blue sky and
green grass, drawing our attention to the two figures. To complete the work, Tan further
layered the transparencies with a piece of plastic mesh, creating the titular frame.

See more of Tan’s photographs in the Gallery’s first virtual exhibition, Stories in Light,
alongside those of three other photographers who were key to the development of
modern photography in Singapore. Lee Sow Lim, Lee Lim, Lim Kwong Ling and Tan Lip
Seng contributed much to the recognition of photography as an autonomous art form.
They were influential members of several of Singapore’s many dynamic photography
clubs in the 1950s and 1960s, and actively shaped the scene through their roles
as educators and mentors, exhibition organisers and salon jurors. Individually, they
developed distinct photographic practices which centred around representations of a
rapidly transforming Singapore.

Stories in Light: Four Modern Photographers in Singapore
From December 2020
www.nationalgallery.sg/galleryanywhere

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#GALLERYANYWHERE

The Gallery offers a wide range of art experiences, both in physical spaces and on
#GalleryAnywhere, a one-stop portal to rich digital content and an array of virtual
experiences that will keep you engaged and entertained wherever you are. Refreshed
bi-weekly, #GalleryAnywhere offers something for everyone, whether they are looking
to browse, watch, listen, or play to explore the Gallery's myriad of offerings.

New on #GalleryAnywhere

                                          Explore the Gallery’s first virtual exhibition,
                                          Stories in Light: Four Modern Photographers
                                          in Singapore wherever you are.

                                          Become a member of the GalleryKids! Club
                                          to enjoy exclusive benefits!

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Log on to www.nationalgallery.sg/galleryanywhere for more.                        #GALLERYANYWHERE

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HIGHLIGHTS
CALENDAR

    JANUARY

    7 THU                                                                    NEW OPENING
    ARTIST TALKS (p. 30)                                                     21 THU
    An Exercise of Meaning                                                   SPECIAL EXHIBITION (p.14)
    in a Glitch Season &                                                     Escape Velocity V
    Time Passes                                                              Organised by the
    Other date: 4 Feb
                                                                             Singapore Art Museum
                                                                             Zai Tang. Detail of Escape Velocity V.
                                                                             2021. Sound and video installation,
                                                                             approx. 20 min. Image courtesy of the artist.

                        9–10                  16 SAT
                        SAT–SUN               PERFORMANCE
                        PERFORMANCE           (p.28)
                        (p.28)                Pokoknya
                        ART + LIVE            by Tini Aliman
                        An Ekphrastic
                        Series with
                        Amanda Chong

    FEBRUARY

    5–7 FRI–SUN                            NEW

    PERFORMANCE (p.29)
    in this new world:
    a presentation
    of regarding by
    Madeleine Lee
    and Cake

                                           Wu Guanzhong with students
                                           from the Central Academy of       NEW OPENING
                                           Art and Design’s Department
                                           of Graphic Design 1977 class,
                                           on one of their outdoor drawing
                                                                             20 SAT
                                           trips to Shanhai Pass, October    SPECIAL EXHIBITION (p.10)
                                           1978. Image courtesy of
                                           Zhang Peng.
                                                                             Wu Guanzhong:
                                                                             Learning from the Master

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GALLERY TURNS 5!                      (p. 8)

                                                                         NEW

                                                                                    30 SAT
                                                                                    PERFORMANCE
                                                                                    (p. 29)
FESTIVAL OPENS                                                                      ART + LIVE
22 FRI                                                                              Resonates With
FESTIVAL (p.22)
                                                                                    Composers Society
                                                                                    of Singapore for
Light to Night Festival 2021:
                                                                                    Georgette Chen:
____-In-Progress                                                                    At Home in the World

27 SAT
PERFORMANCE (p.29)
ART + LIVE
Resonates With
School of the Arts (SOTA) for
City Hall: If Walls Could Talk

21 SUN                                                   CLOSING
                                                          SOON

EXHIBITION
CLOSING (p.16)                                                      21 SUN
An Exercise of Meaning                                              SPECIAL TOUR (p.26)
in a Glitch Season &                                                City Hall: If Walls Could Talk
Time Passes                                                         in conjunction with
                                                                    Battle for Singapore
Clara Lim. 3 GHz. 2020. Video, digital
frame fitted on a National microwave,
LED panels and printed decals.                                      Tham Sien Yen Collection, courtesy of National
Collection of the artist.                                           Archives of Singapore.

      Digital Experience            nationalgallery.sg/galleryanywhere                                               7
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NATIONAL GALLERY SINGAPORE
TURNS 5!

Join us as we commemorate our fifth anniversary with a slew of programmes and initiatives
designed to enable all to access the power of art to heal and provide respite. Curated for
people of all ages and from all walks of life, regardless of mother tongue, interests and needs,
everyone can look forward to innovative, engaging and meaningful experiences with art.
Stay connected to the latest offerings at galleryturns5.sg.

BE PART OF THE PEOPLE’S MUSEUM

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               1
                                                                 [Adopt Now] to collectively
              Extended by popular demand:                        own a piece of art and help
              Redeem your free Gallery                           us expand our collection of
              Insider Membership before                          Singapore and Southeast Asian
              31 January 2021!                                   art for future generations.

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ART FOR ALL

                            1                                                                  2
                           Explore an audio tour in four                                     Go on a fun and
                           languages at Georgette Chen:                                      funny journey
                           At Home in the World.                                             with author
                                                                                             Shamini Flint
                           Visit this exhibition at the Level 4                              as she explores
                           Gallery and Wu Guanzhong Gallery.                                 food and art!
                           Download our free Gallery Explorer
                           app to access the audio tours.

3    Art Through Your Eyes
Discover quirky, thought-provoking and insightful responses to key artworks in our galleries
penned by members of the public.
                                                                  If the Covid-19 virus has taught us
                                                                  anything, it’s that anything is possible—
                                                                  you can even hold a world-wide concert
                                                                  from your living room. How does one
                                                                  hold a concert when everyone is in
                                                                  isolation? It becomes a project to stitch
                                                                  everything together like this artwork.
                                                                  Made by six artists, Seascape is an
                                                                  amalgation of creativity. Think a mashup
                                                                  between Justin Bieber and Ed Sheeran,
                                                                  or LV and Yayoi Kusama. Each artist
Choo Keng Kwang, Foo Chee San, Lim Mu Hue,
                                                                  brings a different sensitivity to the
Lim Yew Kuan, See Cheen Tee and Tan Tee Chie. Seascape.           artwork—the focal tree, the atmospheric
1966. Woodblock print on paper, 77 x 122 cm. Gift of 6-Men        waves... They carved it straight into the
Woodcut Artists.                                                  block like any YOLO millenial would.
                                                                  In the past, staying at home was called
View Seascape at DBS Singapore Gallery 2.                         being lazy. Now, it’s called saving the
                                                                  nation. Similarly, in another situation,
                                                                  this approach may have been called poor
                                                                  planning but here, it showcases a very
                                                                  successful woodblock print collaboration.
                                                                  Magdalene Lim is 32 years old but remains a child
                                                                  at heart. She used to find galleries boring but is
                                                                  now a docent at the Gallery.

LET ART HEAL YOU

                                                                                       Express solidarity and
                                                                                       encouragement through
                                                                                       Words that Count, an
                                                                                       online platform that
                                                                                       allows you to compose
                                                                                       blackout poems!

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SPECIAL
EXHIBITIONS

                                                                                                                   NEW
WU GUANZHONG: LEARNING FROM THE MASTER
Opens 20 Feb | City Hall Wing, Level 4, Wu Guanzhong Gallery

Wu Guanzhong with students from the Central Academy of Art and Design’s Department of Graphic Design 1977 class,
on one of their outdoor drawing trips to Shanhai Pass, October 1978. Image courtesy of Zhang Peng.

Wu Guanzhong (1919–2010) is one of the most significant Chinese painters of the
20th century, renowned for his innovative fusion of Chinese aesthetic elements with
Western modernism. He is also acclaimed as an educator, sharing his artistic practices
and philosophies with students at leading art educational institutions in China over a teaching
career that spanned more than 40 years.

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Exhibitions
Wu Guanzhong: Learning from the Master invites you into the intimate dialogues held
between Wu and his students at the Central Academy of Art and Design on their creative
journeys, as they explored techniques, aesthetic sensibilities and more. The exhibition
investigates for the first time Wu’s philosophies of art and pedagogy through manuscripts,
art journals, sketchbooks, photographs and drawings by the master and his students.

This is the fifth exhibition in the Wu Guanzhong series, launched in 2015. It continues
the explorations into Wu’s life and practice undertaken in the previous exhibitions
Beauty Beyond Form (2015), A Walk through Nature (2017), Expressions of Pen & Palette
(2018), and Art Nurtures Life (2019).

Wu Guanzhong with students from the Central Academy of Art and Design’s Department of Ceramics 1977 class, on one of
their outdoor drawing trips to Juyong Pass and Badaling, September 1978. Digitised by National Gallery Singapore Library
& Archive with kind permission of Wu Keyu.

Strategic Partner

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SPECIAL
EXHIBITIONS

GEORGETTE CHEN: AT HOME IN THE WORLD
Ongoing | City Hall Wing, Level 4 Gallery and Wu Guanzhong Gallery

Georgette Chen was employed at the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA) from 1954 to 1980, where she
taught part-time while continuing her individual art practice. She imparted foundational techniques to her
students based on her training in Paris and New York, and encouraged them to develop individual artistic styles.
Chen teaching a class at NAFA, c. 1950s. Collection of Mrs Sik-Khoon Lee.

Uncover the fascinating story of Georgette Chen (1906–1993), a key figure in the development
of modern art in Singapore. The first major museum retrospective of the artist in more than
20 years, this exhibition features her most significant works alongside a wealth of newly
discovered archival materials.

Born in Zhejiang, China, Chen lived and worked in Shanghai, Paris and New York before
arriving in Southeast Asia in the early 1950s. Her academic training and success in the
annual salons in Paris translated into significant solo exhibitions in France, China, the USA,
and eventually, Malaysia and Singapore. In Singapore, Chen also taught for many years at
the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, and was an active influence in the art community. A rare
opportunity to encounter the range of Chen’s practice, this exhibition critically re-examines her
unique contributions to the artistic landscape of her time.

Strategic Partner

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Georgette Chen. Soochow’s Arched Bridge of Sighs. c. 1946. Oil on canvas, 59.2 x 60.1 cm. Collection of the Seck Family.

                                     In 1949, Chen mounted a solo exhibition at The Asia Institute
                                     in New York, featuring 85 works that included landscapes and
                                     still lifes she had painted while travelling around China. In this
                                     photograph featured in the exhibition brochure (left), Chen poses
                                     with her paint palette next to her artwork Soochow’s Arched Bridge
                                     of Sighs (c. 1946) (above), highlighting her identity as a professional
                                     artist. Both this painting, as well as the invitation card, can be seen
                                     in the exhibition Georgette Chen: At Home in the World.
                                     Detail of Invitation Card to Exhibition of Georgette Liying Chen’s Oil Paintings of
                                     Contemporary Chinese Scenes and People, 1949. Collection of National Gallery
                                     Singapore Library & Archive. Gift of Lee Foundation.

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SPECIAL
EXHIBITIONS

                                                                                                                 NEW
ESCAPE VELOCITY V
Organised by the Singapore Art Museum
Opens 21 Jan | City Hall Wing, Level B1, The Ngee Ann Kongsi Concourse Gallery

Zai Tang. Escape Velocity V. 2021. Sound and video installation, approx. 20 min. Image courtesy of the artist.

“What does it mean to listen to nature in a time of ecological crisis?” Artist Zai Tang poses this
question in Escape Velocity V, a surround sound installation that builds upon his longstanding
exploration of sites threatened by urbanisation and hyper-development. In this presentation,
voices of the Singaporean wild allude to the rhythms and dynamics of the city, while conjuring
sonic imaginaries that accelerate towards the eventuality of extinction. Here, in the artificial
night of the gallery, visitors are invited to adjust their senses to dwell in darkness and make
room for spectres of the creaturely and non-human.

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OUTBOUND                                                                                 nationalgallery.sg/outbound
                                                                                                        #outboundsg
Ongoing | Various locations

Gary Carsley (b. 1957, Australia) with Jeremy Chu (b. 1973, Singapore) at their co-created installation The Regency Made Me
Blind (2018), an OUTBOUND commission by National Gallery Singapore.
Laser print on photocopier paper, latex print on self-adhesive vinyl, UV print on backlit film rendered as mechanised roller
blinds, UV laminated C-print applied to IKEA Gilbert chair.

This stairway “garden” is made with digitally composited photographs of botanical gardens
in Hanoi, Manila, Bogor, Kuala Lumpur and Singapore which have colonial origins. Bands of
colours mimicking Regency era stripes were later superimposed on the images. These were
then printed on roller blinds, self-adhesive vinyl and more than 5,000 sheets of coloured A4
photocopier paper that the artists reverently applied to the walls. This meditative labour is
inspired by the meticulous gold leafing of the interiors of sacred places and is also evoked
by the Tibetan Buddhist mantras on the walls which symbolically cleanse passing visitors
of negative karma.

OUTBOUND is a series of unique commissions that imaginatively transforms transitionary
spaces at the Gallery. Each commission is an artistic and temporal landmark that anchors and
guides the visitor’s experience while highlighting the Gallery’s iconic architecture. The inaugural
season presents projects from artists Gary Carsley (Australia), Jeremy Chu (Singapore), Jane
Lee (Singapore), Haegue Yang (South Korea) and Yee I-Lann (Malaysia).

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SPECIAL
EXHIBITIONS
                                                                                                               CLOSING
PROPOSALS FOR NOVEL WAYS OF BEING                                                                               SOON

Closing on 21 Feb 2021 | Various locations

How can art imagine new possibilities for the future and inspire hope during these times?
Proposals for Novel Ways of Being brings together 12 local art institutions, independent art
spaces and collectives with over 170 local artists and cultural workers to present exhibitions
and programmes that explore new ways of living in a world changed by the pandemic.

Through a series of exhibitions and programmes, Proposals for Novel Ways of Being lets art
and artists show us possibilities for the future and imagine alternative ways of living.

                                                                      AN EXERCISE OF MEANING
                                                                      IN A GLITCH SEASON
                                                                      City Hall Wing, Level 3, Singtel
                                                                      Special Exhibition Gallery C

                                                                      An Exercise of Meaning in a Glitch Season
                                                                      looks into contemporary art practices
                                                                      that embody the processes of poetic
                                                                      contemplation, highlighting local articulations
Clara Lim. 3 GHz. 2020. Video, digital frame fitted on a National     that mirror the many undercurrents the world
microwave, LED panels and printed decals. Collection of the artist.   is grappling with in light of this pandemic.

                                                                      TIME PASSES
                                                                      City Hall Wing, Level 3, Singtel
                                                                      Special Exhibition Gallery B

                                                                      Time Passes is conceived as a corridor of
                                                                      time that echoes the indeterminate passage
                                                                      of our days as we navigate the pandemic
                                                                      that is still to pass, and the detritus that it will
                                                                      leave behind.

Ashley Yeo. Drop of light (Pyramid). 2019. Paper. Collection of
the artist.

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LONG–TERM
EXHIBITIONS

CITY HALL: IF WALLS COULD TALK
Ongoing | City Hall Wing, Level 3, City Hall Chamber

    Experience City Hall: If Walls Could Talk online at nationalgallery.sg/cityhall.

Tham Sien Yen Collection, courtesy of National Archives of Singapore.

City Hall, formerly known as the Municipal Building, has had a rich and colourful history since
its completion in 1929. From colony to city-state, the monument has witnessed key moments
in the country’s history, such as the surrender of the Japanese in 1945 and the swearing-in
of Singapore’s first cabinet in 1959. City Hall: If Walls Could Talk takes visitors through the
pivotal moments that happened within the walls of this building. The exhibition brings history
to life through captivating multimedia projections, interactive content and rich storytelling.

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LONG–TERM
EXHIBITIONS

SIAPA NAMA KAMU?
ART IN SINGAPORE SINCE THE 19TH CENTURY
Ongoing | City Hall Wing, Level 2, DBS Singapore Gallery

The Gallery’s long-term exhibitions feature over 800 Singapore and Southeast Asian
artworks, and are constantly evolving. Every year, visitors can discover over 200 new pieces.

These updates to our long-term exhibitions allow us to display our artworks in new and
exciting configurations, enabling us to tell different stories and introduce new perspectives.
Each gallery has a distinct focus, which may be a specific medium or subject matter, or
tracing an impulse shared by various artists at a particular moment in time.

Refreshing our exhibitions also allows us to showcase works that we have recently acquired
alongside our latest research, thereby continually expanding and enriching the narratives of
art in the region.

                                                                                   Yusman Aman
                                                                                   Structure l
                                                                                   1972
                                                                                   Batik, 114.8 x 89.5 cm
John Turnbull Thomson, Singapore, 1851. Oil on canvas,
58.8 x 89.3 cm.                                          Yusman Aman was a self-taught
This painting by John Turnbull Thomson,                  artist who became recognised for his
on display in the DBS Singapore Gallery,                 inventive approach to batik. Structure l
is an important new acquisition. Thomson                 demonstrates the artist’s innovative use of
was the Government Surveyor and                          the medium to develop abstract forms. In
Engineer for Singapore from 1841 to                      this painting, Yusman exploits the opacity
1853. Several important landmarks are                    of dyes to create a complex composition
visible beyond the boats in the harbour—                 of interlocking angular shapes. Yusman
these include the Governor’s residence                   practiced actively in Singapore, and this
on Government Hill (now Fort Canning                     work was exhibited at the seminal artist-run
Hill) and the Gothic spire of Saint                      space Alpha Gallery as part of his solo
Andrew’s Cathedral.                                      show there in 1973.
On display in DBS Singapore Gallery 1.                   On display in DBS Singapore Gallery 2.

The DBS Singapore Gallery is made possible with the support of DBS Bank.

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BETWEEN DECLARATIONS & DREAMS:
ART OF SOUTHEAST ASIA SINCE THE 19TH CENTURY
Ongoing | Supreme Court Wing, Levels 3–5, UOB Southeast Asia Gallery

                                                                                          Nhek Dim
                                                                                          Village Scene
                                                                                          1960
                                                                                          Oil on canvas
                                                                                          55 x 75.5cm

Nhek Dim was the most celebrated painter in Cambodia during the 1960s, when the nation
became embroiled in Cold War conflicts. Village Scene was featured in a 1961 exhibition
organised by the United States Information Service in Phnom Penh, and subsequently
reproduced in Free World, a magazine published by the United States in several Southeast
Asian languages and distributed widely. The warm colours and flattened forms are typical of
Nhek Dim’s work. The work evokes a sense of tropical abundance, a trope often employed
by modern artists in Southeast Asia to describe peasant life.
On display in UOB Southeast Asia Gallery 13.

                          This is an extremely rare painting of General Aung San, the key
                          architect of Myanmar’s independence from British colonial rule and
                          father of Aung San Suu Kyi. Likely painted from a photograph, this
                          vividly realistic yet heartfelt portrait was painted by U Ngwe Gaing,
                          a leading modernist painter of the period.
                          On display in UOB Southeast Asia Gallery 6.

                          U Ngwe Gaing. Portrait of General Aung San, c. 1950−1967. Oil on cardboard support
                          lined on pre-primed cotton fabric, 50 x 39.5cm. This acquisition was made possible with
                          donations to the Art Adoption & Acquisition Programme.

The UOB Southeast Asia Gallery is made possible with the support of UOB.

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LONG–TERM
EXHIBITIONS

LISTENING TO ARCHITECTURE:
THE GALLERY’S HISTORIES AND TRANSFORMATIONS
Ongoing | City Hall Wing, Level 4, ArchiGallery

                                                            The architecture of the City Hall and
                                                            former Supreme Court buildings may be
                                                            imagined as an ongoing conversation
                                                            between different generations across
                                                            time. The inaugural exhibition at the
                                                            ArchiGallery offers insights into the
                                                            enduring histories and architectural
                                                            designs of the two national monuments
                                                            and their dramatic transformations into
                                                            a home for Southeast Asian art. It also
                                                            features never-before-seen artefacts
                                                            excavated from the Gallery’s grounds,
Zai Tang. Resident Frequencies: A Brief Aural History of    and a commissioned sonic artwork
National Gallery Singapore, 2017. Eight-channel sound       by artist Zai Tang that draws on the
installation, 36:00 mins Commissioned by National Gallery
Singapore. Image courtesy of the artist.
                                                            historical, social and spatial memories
                                                            created in the buildings.

LAW OF THE LAND: HIGHLIGHTS OF SINGAPORE’S
CONSTITUTIONAL DOCUMENTS
Ongoing | Supreme Court Wing, Level 3, Chief Justice's Chamber & Office

                                                            Organised by the National Archives of
                                                            Singapore (NAS) and the National Library
                                                            Board (NLB), this exhibition explores
                                                            the history of Singapore’s constitutional
                                                            development from a British settlement
                                                            in 1819 to its emergence as a sovereign
                                                            republic in 1965. It presents a selection
                                                            of 23 rare documents from the NAS and
                                                            NLB's collections, each capturing a key
                                                            moment in Singapore's legal history and
                                                            journey to independence.

Third Charter of Justice, 1855
This document affirmed the reception of English law in
Singapore and provided the settlement with its own
professional judge (then known as a Recorder).

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UNREALISED
Ongoing | Accessible only via the Gallery Explorer app

unrealised is a virtual experience, developed in dialogue with three artists—Heman Chong,
Ho Tzu Nyen and Erika Tan. It tests the potentials of the digital image within the physical
spaces of the Gallery’s long-term displays. To access unrealised, please download the
Gallery Explorer app at the App Store and Google Play store or borrow a device from Visitor
Services at Level B1.

Made possible with the support of the Gallery’s Innovation Partner Accenture.

For more information, please visit nationalgallery.sg/unrealised.

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Left to right Courtesy of the National Museum of Singapore, National Heritage Board. | Yusof Ishak Collection, courtesy of
                  Please note earphones are required
National Archives of Singapore. | Ministry of Information and the Arts Collection, courtesy of National Archives of Singapore. |
                  to experience unrealised.
The Hebblewhite Collection, courtesy of National Archives of Singapore.

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SPECIAL
PROGRAMMES

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NEW

                                                                                                       Programmes
                                                                                                         Special
          The Civic District’s marquee event returns this January! In this latest edition
          of the Light to Night Festival, revellers can enjoy a redefined experience that
          includes both physical and online activities—from an onsite game that will see you
          traversing the District, to workshops and talks you can tune into from the comforts
          of home. For the first time ever, Light to Night will also go beyond the bounds of
          the District to offer pop-up art encounters at surprising locations!

          Centred around the theme of “____-in-Progress”, this edition of the festival invites
          audiences to reflect on a world currently in flux, and to discover renewed hope
          during a time shaped by circumstance. Whether new to the arts or a passionate
          afficionado, Light to Night welcomes all to forge deeper connections with art and
          to discover their own answers to the theme.

          Visit lighttonight.sg now to learn more, or to check out the festival’s
          online programmes!

Organised by                Development Partner   Strategic Partners                 Part of

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SPECIAL
PROGRAMMES

                 1 Jun 2020–28 Mar 2021 | smallbigdreamers.com

     AN ARTIST’S TROPICAL
     LANDSCAPE
     City Hall Wing, Level 1, Outside
     Keppel Centre for Art Education
     This installation encompasses a
     series of fun and engaging activities
     for kids aged 6 to 12 to unleash their
     inner artist. They'll get to learn more about Georgette Chen and how she
     drew inspiration from the world around her by creating their own still life
     artworks, interacting with augmented reality kinetic games, and more!         Development
                                                                                   Partner:

     Before you visit, make sure to book a time slot at smallbigdreamers.com.

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ENJOY STIMULATING ACTIVITIES ACROSS FIVE FUN-FILLED ZONES!

 You can also experience this biennial children’s festival online with
 #SmallBigDreamersAtHome and encounter a whole host of fun activities and
 games for you to play with while learning more about artworks in the Gallery
 and how artists are inspired to create.

        ARTISTS' STU DIO
                                              five Singapore
        Get up close and personal with the
                                        that inspi red the
        and Southeast Asian artworks
                                 rsive view ing  expe rience.
        festival through an imme
                                                Oil on canvas, 92 x 92 cm.
         Choy Weng Yang. Horizontals I. 1977.
         Gift of the artist.

                                                            PLAY AND DISCOVER
  MAKE AND CREATE                                           Immerse yourself in
                                                            interactive games based
   Unleash little ones' creativity
                                                            on featured artworks,
   with a selection of downloadable
                                                            where kids can use
   activity sheets, where you'll get
                                                            colours to express their feelings, or learn
   to craft your own paint brush, or
                                                            about how artists use light and shadow in
   build a 3D house!
                                                            their paintings!
                                                            Georgette Chen. Tropical Fruits. c. 1969. Oil on canvas,
                                                            73 x 92 cm. Gift of the artist.

   Sudjana Kerton. Gamelan
   Orchestra. 1960. Oil on                                         WATCH AN D
   canvas, 89 x 127.5 cm.
                                                                   LISTEN
                                                                    Enjoy a series of
                                                                    guided videos
                        SBD LIVE!
                                                                    featuring easy step- By artist Yeo Shih Yun
                        Check out and sign                          by-step instructions
                                                                                                     g
                        up for performances                         to make art right at home usin
                        and programmes!                              everyda y materia ls.

    SCAN TO
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GALLERY
TOURS

FREE DAILY TOURS
Explore the rich history of our buildings and collections by joining one of our guided tours led by
trained docents.

To reserve a slot, register online or proceed to Visitor Services at Level B1 at least 30 minutes
before the tour starts. Limited slots are available on a first come, first served basis. Tour
participants should obtain or purchase admission tickets prior to joining a tour.

BUILDING HIGHLIGHTS
English Thu–Sun 11am | Mandarin Sat–Sun 10.30am

DBS SINGAPORE GALLERY HIGHLIGHTS (NEW! GO ON A TOUR WITH TEMI
THE AUTONOMOUS ROBOT GUIDE AT DBS SINGAPORE GALLERY 1! )
English Thu–Sun 1pm | Mandarin Sat–Sun noon

HIGHLIGHTS OF PROPOSALS FOR NOVEL WAYS OF BEING (ENDS 21 FEB)
English Sat 2pm | Mandarin Sat 1.30pm

HIGHLIGHTS OF GEORGETTE CHEN: AT HOME IN THE WORLD
English Thu–Sun 11.30am | Mandarin Sat–Sun 2pm

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE GALLERY
English Fri–Sun 1.30pm | Mandarin Sat–Sun 4pm

UOB SOUTHEAST ASIA GALLERY HIGHLIGHTS
English Thu–Sun 3.30pm | Mandarin Sat–Sun 3pm

SPECIAL TOURS IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE BATTLE FOR SINGAPORE
(21 FEB)
15 February will mark 79 years since Singapore fell to the Japanese in 1942. Don’t miss our
series of building and art tours, led by guest historians who will explore different perspectives
of World War II in Singapore. Organised in conjunction with the exhibition City Hall: If Walls
Could Talk. For more information, please visit nationalgallery.sg/cityhall.

GROUP TOURS
COMMUNITY GROUPS
The Gallery offers guided tours for community groups at a concessionary rate.
For more information, please email groupenquiries@nationalgallery.sg.

CORPORATE OR OTHER PRIVATE GROUPS
Please email groupenquiries@nationalgallery.sg for more information.

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GALLERY EXPLORER AUDIO TOURS

    Download our free Gallery Explorer app to enjoy rich audio
    commentary on our long-term and special exhibitions.

    The Gallery Explorer app is developed in collaboration
    with our Innovation Partner Accenture.

                                                                                                            Tours
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BACK-OF-HOUSE TOURS
FORMER SUPREME COURT: UNSEEN, UNHEARD
Sun 4.30pm | $15 per ticket, limited to 5 per tour | General Admission ticket also
required, available at the Gallery website and ticketing counters

This exclusive tour offers a glimpse into restricted
areas of the former Supreme Court, usually out of
bounds to the public. Go behind-the-scenes and
find out more about courtroom proceedings and
the experience of persons on trial as you:

• Traverse a network of hidden passageways
• Climb through a trapdoor into a prisoner’s dock
• Gain access to the Viewing Gallery where members of the public used to sit during
 court hearings
• Discover stories of some of the highest profile cases in Singapore’s history since 1939,
 tried in these very courtrooms

Note:
The tour is not suitable for children below the age of 13 and visitors with limited mobility due to:
1) Steep and narrow stairways 2) High step at Viewing Gallery 3) Murder-related content.
Tour is taken at your own risk. The Gallery does not accept any responsibility.

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PERFORMANCES

Please visit nationalgallery.sg for the latest updates on programmes.

PERFORMANCE ON FILM – POKOKNYA BY TINI ALIMAN
Sat 16 Jan | 2.30pm
Artist Tini Aliman presents a sonic experience with plants for the exhibition An Exercise of
Meaning in a Glitch Season.

ART + LIVE
Art + Live is a series of online programmes focusing on movement, music and literature.
All programmes will be streamed on the Gallery's Facebook page.

AN EKPHRASTIC SERIES WITH AMANDA CHONG
Sat–Sun 9–10 Jan | 2.30–3pm
Join writer Amanda Chong for an intimate tour of our special
exhibition Georgette Chen: At Home in the World. Viewers will be
invited to create their own ekphrastic responses at the end of a
programme with a special creative writing prompt.

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RESONATES WITH
Sat | 2.30–3pm
Our monthly concert series invites young and professional musicians to musically respond to
the themes found in our artworks and exhibitions. The sessions will also be available on our
Facebook page after the livestream.

Upcoming         Composers Society of Singapore for
concerts:        Georgette Chen: At Home in the World
                 30 Jan

                 School of the Arts (SOTA) for
                 City Hall: If Walls Could Talk

                                                                                                           Performances
                 27 Feb

                                                                                                              & Talks
LIVE PERFORMANCES
IN THIS NEW WORLD: A PRESENTATION OF REGARDING BY MADELEINE
LEE AND CAKE
Fri 5 Feb | 7–8.30pm
Sat–Sun 6–7 Feb | 2–3.30pm & 5.30–7pm
Starting point: City Hall Wing, Level 2,
DBS Singapore Gallery 1
in this new world: a presentation of regarding by
Madeleine Lee returns this year after fully-subscribed
sessions in 2020. This unique performance-tour brings
together the spatial act of viewing an artwork with a
performance of the written word, taking visitors through
the DBS Singapore Gallery and UOB Southeast Asia Gallery with multiple pit stops. It
commemorates the ekphrastic poems that Madeleine Lee wrote during her time as the National
Gallery Singapore’s first Poet-in-Residence.
Presented by Cake and directed by Natalie Hennedige, with production design by neontights and sound
design by Darren Ng.

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TALKS
& WORKSHOPS

JOHN CLARK IN CONVERSATION WITH T.K. SABAPATHY
Sat 27 Feb | 11am–12.30pm | Streamed on the Gallery’s Facebook and
YouTube pages
This conversation between art historians John Clark and T.K. Sabapathy anticipates the
launch of John Clark’s visionary work The Asian Modern: Volumes I and II. Writing the history
of the Asian modern using in-depth case studies of individual artists, John Clark generates a
new paradigm for the narration of art and its historiography. These two volumes meticulously
chart the development of art in Asia from the 1850s to the present day, and are an invaluable
resource for the scholar and layman alike.

                              ARTIST TALKS | AN EXERCISE OF MEANING
                              IN A GLITCH SEASON & TIME PASSES
                              Streamed on the Gallery’s Facebook and YouTube pages
                              Thu 7 Jan | 11am–noon
                              Aki Hassan • Khairullah Rahim • Samantha Yap (moderator)
                              Thu 4 Feb | 11am–noon
                              Yeyoon Avis Ann • Clara Lim • Syaheedah Iskandar (moderator)
                              This series of talks brings together the curators, artists and
                              collaborators of the exhibitions. Mostly born in the 1980s and after,
                              they are part of a new generation of practitioners grappling with
                              a world that they are not only coming of age in, but also inheriting.
                              The speakers of each panel will discuss how the two exhibitions
                              are interlinked, and how they collaborated to realise them under
                              COVID-19 restrictions. They will also discuss their wider practices
                              and the relevance of art to making sense of the present moment
                              of disruption and crisis.

NOTES FOR FUTURE GATHERING | IN CONVERSATION
WITH ROBYN ARCHER AND SUENNE MEGAN TAN
16 Feb | 7pm
What is the festival? What is the future of the festival, if conditions remain
unsafe for crowds to gather in the near-term, and what might this mean for
developing a sense of community? What alternate ways of togetherness
are possible/needed? Now, more than ever, how might we come to better
understand and to champion the essentialness of the arts?
In this final talk of Proposals for Novel Ways of Being: CIRCUIT BREAKER,
Robyn Archer (singer, writer, artistic director and advocate for the arts) discusses these
questions with Suenne Megan Tan (Director, Audience Development & Engagement,
National Gallery Singapore).

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ROTUNDA
LIBRARY & ARCHIVE

Situated in the heart of the former Supreme Court, where the legal reference library was once
located, the Rotunda Library & Archive offers visitors a gateway to the Gallery’s extensive
collection of reference and archival materials focusing on 19th to 20th-century art of Singapore
and Southeast Asia, and provides a welcoming environment for reading and research.

The Library & Archive collection consists of approximately 20,000 archival and nearly 10,000
reference materials. Of these, the archives consist of artists’ primary resources such as letters,
writings, interviews, recordings of performances, sketches and drawings, as well as press
clippings and other exhibition-related ephemera. The resources continue to grow thanks to the
generous support of artists and their families, collectors and other collaborators.

For assistance or enquiries, please write to
library.archive@nationalgallery.sg.
You may also access a large selection of resources from our artwork
and Library & Archive collections on our Collections Search Portal at
collections.nationalgallery.sg.

OPERATING HOURS: Mon–Fri 10am–12.30pm, 2–5pm, Fri 1 Jan: Closed
*The hours may be changed in accordance with the Government’s latest
COVID-19 advisory. Please check the Gallery’s website and social media for latest information.

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KEPPEL CENTRE
FOR ART EDUCATION

The Keppel Centre for Art Education is a dynamic space where art inspires new
ways of learning. Come experience immersive spaces that encourage imagination,
creativity and self-led exploration. The Keppel Centre also provides a lively line-up of
programmes for youth, children and families all year round.

Located on Level 1 of the City Hall Wing, the Keppel Centre is easily accessible to
schools and families with young children. Admission is free.

 4+
 YEARS   ART PLAYSCAPE
Observe what happens as you make a sound near the transparent sculptures, wave your
arms by the large screens or hop from one spot to another across the floor! In this space
inspired by Singapore artist Yeo Shih Yun’s art, revel in the energy of her brush strokes and
ink splatters as you embark on your own Ink-credible Adventure!

The Keppel Centre for Art Education is made possible with the support of Keppel Corporation.

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The Keppel Centre for Art Education is open with limited capacity and Safe Management
    Measures in place so that you can enjoy a safe and fun visit with family and friends.
    Please check our website for the latest updates on what's happening at the Centre!

 5+
 YEARS   SCULPTURE STUDIO
Step into our Sculpture Studio to learn about the tools and
processes behind sculpture-making. You can also try making
one of your own—use the materials provided to create a paper
sculpture, or create a virtual model that can be viewed
as a hologram.

  5+
 YEARS
         INK STUDIO
Watch the robots come alive and whittle across the Studio,
leaving trails of brushstrokes behind them—admire the abstract
ink paintings that their movements have created! Remember to
also check out the tools on display that were used by artist
Yeo Shih Yun. How would you create your own abstract painting?

  4+
 YEARS
         PROJECT GALLERY

                                                                                             Kids & Schools
Take it one step at a time when you explore Dayung Sampan: be your
own captain on deck. Singapore sculptor Zainuddin Samsuri created
these large, interactive sculptures to inspire children to dream freely
of the adventures that they will embark on.

For more information, please visit www.nationalgallery.sg/gallerykids.

         Let’s keep the Centre clean and safe for everyone
                                                                                      3
                                                                                     e asy
         to enjoy, with just 3 steps!                                               s teps

         1. Keep your mask on at all times
         2. Sanitise your hands carefully
         3. Inform an adult if you are not feeling well

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KIDS’
PROGRAMMES & ACTIVITIES

Enjoy family programmes that use the Gallery’s collection as an inspiration to introduce
young ones to art. Designed in collaboration with artists and art practitioners, our
programmes aim to develop a sense of curiosity and imagination in children.

To receive the latest programme information, sign up to our mailing list at the Keppel Centre
for Art Education reception counters or visit www.gallerykids.sg.

FAMILY PROGRAMMES
 4+
 YEARS   DROP-IN ACTIVITY
Daily | 10am–7pm | Free
Drop by our workshops to explore themes inspired by
our artworks on hang at the galleries. Creative activities
and media are introduced every month so there’s always
something for everyone to enjoy, young and old alike!

 4+
 YEARS   STORIES IN ART
Sat–Sun 9–10 & 23–24 Jan, 13–14 & 27–28 Feb |
2.30–3.15pm, 3.30–4.15pm | Ages 4 and up | Free*
Listen to how our storyteller paints a thousand words
with the treasure trove of artworks found in our Gallery,
and join in the fun with a song or rhyme.

 5+
 YEARS   FAMILY ART TOURS
Sat–Sun 2–3 & 16–17 Jan, 6–7 & 20–21 Feb |
2.30–3.30pm, 3.30–4.30pm | Ages 5 and up | Free*
Learn about different artworks on display while
engaging in stimulating conversations with your family.
Our facilitators will bring you on a tour of our galleries
while encouraging discussions on art and the various
themes they explore.

*Register at the Keppel Centre for Art Education reception counter.

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OTHER KIDS’ ACTIVITIES

GALLERYKIDS! MEMBERSHIP
www.gallerykids.sg
Join a community of kids and experience a new GalleryKids! with richer and more interactive
content than before! Kids can take charge of their own learning journey and discover activities
that encourage play, creation and sharing while developing artistic and creative thinking.
Membership is free, and allows you to collect virtual badges and access exclusive features.

SCHOOL PROGRAMMES
Our school programmes support teaching, learning and research in
art and museum education. Digital resources, such as e-Learning
packs, are available for teachers to engage students with the
Gallery’s artwork collection.

Museum-based Learning Tours
Facilitated by museum educators, our guided tours encourage students to learn
more about artworks through close looking and active dialogue. Both on-site and
virtual tours in 2021 are now open for registration.
For more information, please email school.bookings@nationalgallery.sg.

EDUCATORS’ PROGRAMMES
Join us on a rejuvenating learning journey. Our online resources
were developed for the professional development of educators,
and will allow you to discover new inspirations and uncover
new ideas. You can also visit our website to find out how our
programmes encourage visual literacy, art interpretative skills
and museum-based learning.

For more information, please email school.bookings@nationalgallery.sg.

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SHOPPING     For the latest updates on our Shopping & Dining outlets, please visit
             nationalgallery.sg/see-do/shopping-and-dining.
& DINING

       ART
       City Hall Wing, Level 6 | Tel: 6866 1977
       Tue−Sun noon−2pm, 6.30−10pm
       Art is an elegant contemporary Italian restaurant helmed by Michelin-star
       Chef-Restaurateur Beppe De Vito. Dining at Art takes one on a journey
       through an ever-evolving menu exploring rich Italian tradition and top
       quality produce, elevated with technical innovation. Art is now at the
       Gallery rooftop, with indoor and alfresco seating available.

       COURTYARD CAFÉ
       Supreme Court Wing, Level 1 | Tel: 6384 1874
       Sun–Thu 10am−6pm (last order at 5.30pm)
       Fri, Sat 10am-7pm (last order at 6.30pm)
       Specialising in Straits Asian food, the Courtyard Café serves
       authentic and modern interpretations of local dishes alongside a
       selection of traditional kuehs, cakes, toast and beverages.

       COURTYARD LOUNGE
       Supreme Court Wing, Level 1 | Tel: 6384 1874
       Mon–Thu 1–6pm
       Fri–Sat 1–7pm
       Nestled in a cosy corner of the Gallery, Courtyard Lounge serves
       Asian-fusion tapas in a tranquil ambience with relaxing jazz music.

       GEMMA
       City Hall Wing, Level 5 | Tel: 8787 0977
       Tue–Sun noon−2.30pm, 6.30−10.30pm
       A concept by Beppe De Vito of Il Lido Group, this contemporary Italian
       steakhouse in the city is a modern renaissance of Italian fine dining.

       HACHI RESTAURANT
       Supreme Court Wing, Level 1 | Tel: 6734 9622
       Mon–Sat noon–2.30pm, 6–11pm
       Hachi Restaurant continues its 20-year tradition of Japanese
       seasonal omakase dining with its new flagship at the Gallery. Expect
       new creations and techniques that showcase the best ingredients
       from the land and seas of Japan.

       NATIONAL KITCHEN BY VIOLET OON SINGAPORE
       City Hall Wing, Level 2 | Tel: 9834 9935
       Daily noon–2.30pm, 3–5pm (afternoon tea, weekends only), 6–10.30pm
       Helmed by local celebrity chef Violet Oon, National Kitchen serves
       perennial favourites that reflect Singapore’s rich culinary heritage.

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Patrons to our F&B establishments are reminded to adhere to the prevailing Safe
Management Measures, and that the consumption of alcohol is prohibited after 10.30pm.

ODETTE
Supreme Court Wing, Level 1 | Tel: 6385 0498
Mon−Sat noon−1.15pm (last seating), 7−8.15pm (last seating).
Closed on Sundays and Public Holidays
This modern French restaurant reflects Chef-Owner Julien Royer’s
respect for seasonality, terroir and the finest artisanal produce.
Using classic French techniques, Royer presents the world’s finest
seasonal ingredients in their purest form and flavour.

SMOKE & MIRRORS
City Hall Wing, Level 6 | Tel: 9380 6313
Mon−Sun 3−11.30pm
Enjoy magnificent panoramic views over the Padang and Marina Bay
while savouring a drink from a meticulously curated menu that includes
signature cocktails, wines and craft spirits.

THE GALLERY BISTRO
City Hall Wing, Level 1
Daily 10am–10.30pm (Breakfast available until noon, last order at 9.30pm)
The Gallery Bistro by Saveur Group is an atypical museum cafe
where you can eat, drink and discover. Enjoy a hearty breakfast with
an aromatic coffee while admiring the Singapore skyline, or wind
down the evening with cocktails over a casual dinner while observing
our magical cityscape transform.

THE GALLERY STORE
City Hall Wing, Level 1
Daily 10am–7pm
The Gallery Store offers an exciting and innovative range of museum
and art-related merchandise and publications. It is operated by Abry
Pte Ltd, an award-winning distributor and retailer of luxury, premium
lifestyle and fashion brands.
THE PUBLIC EIGHT
Supreme Court Wing, Level 1 | Tel: 6242 5590
                                                                                             Shopping

Mon–Sat 6pm–midnight
                                                                                             & Dining

This bar-cellar by Hachi Restaurant offers a selection of Japanese
whisky and spirits from Highball cocktails to fresh beer on tap,
complemented by modern Japanese food.
YÀN
City Hall Wing, Level 5 | Tel: 6384 5585
Daily 11.30am−2.30pm, 6–10.30pm
Yàn offers diners the best in Cantonese cuisine. The sophisticated
and innovative signature dishes promise to tantalise your taste buds
with diverse ingredients and familiar flavours.

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GALLERY
PUBLICATIONS

The Gallery publishes books on the visual art of Singapore and Southeast Asia.
Our growing range of titles includes children’s books, exhibition catalogues and
albums, as well as research titles. Find them at our museum shop and selected
stores worldwide, including Select Books and Kinokuniya.

For more information, please visit nationalgallery.sg/learn/publications or email us at
publications@nationalgallery.sg.

GEORGETTE CHEN: AT HOME IN THE WORLD
Hardback | approx. 208 pages | $53.50 (inclusive of GST) |
ISBN: 978-981-14-4922-2
Paris, Shanghai and New York: Georgette Chen, one of
Singapore’s foremost artists, once counted these cultural
capitals as home. Chen eventually found in Singapore “a
veritable paradise,” enchanted by its tropical climes and
unexpected forms. These remarkable and cosmopolitan
life experiences informed Chen’s uniquely syncretic artistic
practice and aesthetic style. With over 70 full-colour plates and
reproductions of archival material, along with critical essays,
                                                                        Georgette Chen. Self-Portrait.
this monograph brings new perspectives on her independent               c. 1946. Oil on canvas, 22.5 x
artistic voice and vital role in the development of modern art          17.5 cm. Gift of Lee Foundation.
in Singapore.

MATISSE PICASSO
Paperback | 196 pages | $53.50 (inclusive of GST) |
ISBN: 978-06-4233-485
The extraordinary relationship between Henri Matisse and Pablo
Picasso is one of the most important and eventful narratives in modern
art. Between them, they set the course of Western art history in the first
half of the 20 th century with their artistic rivalry and collaboration. This
publication examines the paths of these two artists over the years and
the way they each responded to the other’s work.

MODERN ART OF SOUTHEAST ASIA:
INTRODUCTIONS FROM A TO Z
Paperback | 280 pages | $48.15 (inclusive of GST) |
ISBN: 978-981-11-4725-8
Featuring 60 concise and accessibly written accounts of key ideas
and currents underlying modern art in the region, as well as over 250
beautifully reproduced artworks, this book is a rewarding resource for
students and general readers. It offers an informative first encounter
with art and refreshing perspectives.

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THE ASIAN MODERN: VOLUMES I AND II
Softcover | Each approximately 250 pages, $48.15 and $42.80 (inclusive of GST) |
ISBN: 978-981-14-0607-2, 978-981-14-0720-8
John Clark’s magisterial The Asian Modern reconstructs the notion of art and its
historiography. Writing the history of the Asian modern through the social life of artists,
he generates a new paradigm for the narration of art. Both volumes meticulously chart his
analysis of art in Asia from the 1850s to the present day, and are an invaluable resource
for the scholar and layman alike.

NG TENG FONG ROOF GARDEN COMMISSION: CAO FEI
Paperback | 60 pages | $26.75 (inclusive of GST) |
ISBN: 978-981-14-4941-3
In this artist’s book, short stories by the artist Cao Fei, a curatorial
essay and full-colour images spotlight the newly commissioned kinetic
installation, 浮槎 Fú Chá.

EAT WITH YOUR EYES
Board book | 36 pages | $16.05 (inclusive of GST) |
ISBN: 978-981-14-5544-5
Feast your eyes on 14 yummy, modern Southeast Asian artworks from
the Gallery. Designed for children aged 3 to 6, this fully illustrated title
introduces the world of art in a fun, catchy and memorable way.

A DAY AT THE GALLERY
Board book | 36 pages | $19.25 (inclusive of GST) |
ISBN: 978-981-14-5543-8
Discover wonderful works of modern Southeast Asian art by forming
different shapes with a handy tangram. Play along with Cindy and her
family or take your tangram with you on your own day at the Gallery!

AWESOME ART PHILIPPINES: 10 WORKS FROM THE
ARCHIPELAGO EVERYONE SHOULD KNOW
AWESOME ART INDONESIA: 10 WORKS FROM THE
COUNTRY OF 7000 ISLANDS EVERYONE SHOULD KNOW
Paperback | 64 pages | $19.30 (inclusive of GST) each |
ISBN: 978-981-14-2534-9 | 978-981-14-2533-2
Dive into the world of art history and dip your fingers into paint!
The Awesome Art series introduces young readers to materials,
methods and concepts behind ten iconic works of art.

PERSPECTIVES
Our online weekly magazine for views, conversations, research and behind-the-scenes insights,
Perspectives is a discursive space and resource for Southeast Asian art.
Find out more at nationalgallery.sg/magazine.

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TICKETI NG
INFORMATION

Tickets are required for admission into all exhibition galleries
(including Law of the Land in the Chief Justice’s Office & Chamber)
except the ArchiGallery and Ng Teng Fong Roof Garden Gallery.

                                                                                              SCAN TO
  Purchase your tickets in advance at tickets.nationalgallery.sg.                             PURCHASE
                                                                                              TICKETS

 TICKET TYPE                                                     S TA N D A R D                LO C A L*

 General Admission
                                                                      $20                        FREE
 + Free Guided Tours

$5 CONCE SSION FOR:                                        FREE ADMISSION FOR:
•Children aged 7–12                                        • Gallery Insiders 
• Seniors aged 60 and above                              • Children aged 6 and below
• Full-time National Servicemen (NSFs)                     • Local/locally-based students and teachers^
excluding foreign personnel                               • Persons with disabilities (PWD) and their caregiver
• Overseas students and teachers^

* Rates for locals apply to Singaporeans and PRs.
^From qualifying institutions only.
Valid verification is required. For latest promotions and ticket prices, please visit nationalgallery.sg.

GENER AL ADMISSION TICKET
ADMITS ONE TO THE SE GALLERIE S:
• DBS Singapore Gallery
• UOB Southeast Asia Gallery
• Level 4 Gallery
• Wu Guanzhong Gallery
• The Ngee Ann Kongsi Concourse Gallery
• Koh Seow Chuan Concourse Gallery
• City Hall Chamber
• Chief Justice’s Chamber & Office

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GALLERY INSIDER MEMBERSHIP

                        E XTENDED TILL 31 JANUARY 2021: FREE 1-YE AR GALLERY
                        INSIDER MEMBERSHIP PROMOTION FOR SINGAPORE ANS
                        AND PERMANENT RESIDENTS

                        As part of the Gallery’s efforts in supporting our nation, we are
                        extending the free membership promotion to allow more people to
                        find solace and improve mental well-being through art.

                        Enjoy up to $120 in value from privileges such as unlimited access to
                        our dynamic line-up of exhibitions, privileges and discounts for selected
                        programmes, unique museum merchandise and the Gallery’s culinary
                        offerings!

                        1-FOR-1 PROMOTION

                        We are also offering 1-for-1 Gallery Insider membership for non-
                        Singaporeans! Get 2 memberships for only half the price at $60
                        (U.P. $120)

                        Promotion ends 31 January 2021.

    MEMBERSHIP TYPE                                S TA N DA R D                LO C A L*

    Individual                                    $60 1-FOR-1                 $30 FREE
    Concession (Students/Seniors)                 $50 1-FOR-1                 $25 FREE

*Rates for locals apply to Singaporeans and PRs
$120 includes the Membership Fee and Shopping & Dining discount privileges
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1-for-1 and free membership promotions end 31 Jan 2021. More T&Cs apply.
For more information, please scan the QR code below or email membership@nationalgallery.sg
                                                             membership@nationalgallery.sg.
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