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(Re)collect: The Making of our Art Collection exhibition

Fri May 11 @ 10:00 am - Thu Jul 19 @ 7:00 pm

Featuring over 120 works from the world’s largest institutional collection of modern art from Singapore and Southeast Asia, (Re)collect: The Making of our Art Collection unveils National Gallery Singapore’s journey of collecting and acquisition practice. It uncovers the untold stories of the Gallery’s collection and brings to light how it is continuing to evolve dynamically two years after the opening of the Gallery.

With seven different sections to the exhibition, visitors will be led on a journey that begins during post-war Singapore when art took a backseat to nation-building. They will be able to witness the important milestones that led to the crystallisation of Singapore’s visual arts collection and how it developed as its custodianship shifted from the National Museum Art Gallery (NMAG) in 1976 to Singapore Art Museum in 1996 and to the present day National Gallery Singapore which opened in 2015.

The sections will highlight key characteristics of the Gallery’s Collection such as works by Singapore’s artistic forerunners like Lim Hak Tai, Georgette Chen, Cheong Soo Pieng, as well as works engaging with aesthetics of ink painting by Lim Tze Peng, Chen Wen Hsi, Tan Oe Pang and Zao Wou-Ki.  Also featured is the Gallery’s new collecting focus on photography, a medium historically under-represented in the collection.

Visitors can also look forward to getting up-close with recent important acquisitions by the Gallery. This includes Singaporean artist Kim Lim’s Abacus (1959), Pegasus (1962) and Naga (1984) which will be shown together for the first time; as well as early works by Malaysian artist Latiff Mohidin, who recently became the first Southeast Asian artist to have a solo exhibition at Centre Pompidou’s In-Focus Gallery as part of National Gallery Singapore’s inaugural travelling show.

The exhibition will be held at the Singtel Special Exhibition Gallery B and C from 11 May to 19 August 2018.

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Friday, 11 May 2018
Thursday, 19 July 2018
10:00 am - 7:00 pm
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National Gallery Singapore
1 St. Andrew's Road
Singapore 178957