Singapore Art Museum

Singapore Art Museum

The museum will interesting for the lovers of art who are willing to see and feel the difference between the modern art of the West and that of the East. This arts museum, which is Singapore’s first, is home to a rich collection of artistic objects from Southeast Asia, namely sculptures, paintings and installations. The collection is constantly enhanced with items from Europe and America. In turn, the museum’s exhibits are often on display during international exhibitions. This arts museum is one of the four national museums of the country together with the Asian Civilisations Museum, Peranakan Museum and National Museum of Singapore.

Early in 1992, four years before the opening, the museum’s board consisting of 11 members was asked by Singapore’s Government to select and bring together artistic objects created by both famous and aspiring masters from Southeast and East Asia in order to lay the foundation of the artistic heritage of the country. The museum was inaugurated in 1996, today its galleries display many acknowledged masterpieces by Singaporean artists such as Georgette Chen, Liu Kang, Chen Chong Swee, Lim Tze Peng and Huang Yao. Since 2001 the museum has been purchasing and receiving as gifts numerous works from the neighboring countries, in particular it already has several masterpieces by Affandi and Hendra Gunavan (Indonesia), Wong Hoy Chong (Malaysia), Montien Boonma and Natee Utarit (Thailand) as well as a series of works by Bui Xuan Phai, Din Q. Le and Tran Trong Vu (Vietnam).

The museum is located in a renovated 19th century building, the former St. Joseph’s Institution, which was one of the oldest boys’ schools in Singapore. Experts managed to preserve the classic architectural appearance of the construction during renovation works. The windows of an old chapel where now a conference hall is situated were decorated with marvelous stained glass. Inner courtyards of the former school were transformed into exhibition spaces, while the former classrooms are now galleries. The Glass Hall located nearby is decorated by installations made of blown glass by an American artist Dale Chihuly.

Address: 71 Bras Basah Rd
Opening hours: Mon-Thu, Sat-Sun 10 am – 7 pm, Fri 10 am – 9 pm
How to reach: MRT Bras Basah CC2
Coordinates: 1.29734, 103.85095