SINGAPORE - All visitors to the National Gallery Singapore will enjoy free entry from November 24 to December 6 as part of its opening celebrations.
The gallery, which will open on Nov 24, has two permanent exhibitions and modern art collections from Singapore and Southeast Asia in the 19th and 20th centuries.
Minister Lawrence Wong said: "The National Gallery team has been hard at work to prepare the artworks and get them ready for display. We will be in for a treat when the Gallery opens its doors in November, with beautiful art to savour, and a majestic new space to explore. I look forward to the Gallery becoming a special place for all Singaporeans to come together, to appreciate the best of Singaporean and Southeast Asian art. This will truly be a Jubilee gift we can all enjoy for many years to come."
The National Gallery Opening Festival, Share the Hope, which will be held at the Padang from Nov 27 to 29 will showcase a range of performances, screenings and activities to mark the Gallery's official opening and Singapore's Golden Jubilee celebrations.
"We want to celebrate Singapore's 50th year of independence by sharing the rich heritage and history of Singapore and Southeast Asian art. As the first museum in the world dedicated to Southeast Asian modern art, National Gallery Singapore hopes to captivate and kindle a curiosity for art - from art histories to the stories behind the art, from the discoveries we uncover about Southeast Asia and the world to stories about ourselves," said Ms Chong Siak Ching, CEO, National Gallery Singapore.
Other activities during the celebrations include tours and talks around the two permanent galleries, DBS Singapore Art Gallery, UOB Southeast Asia Art Gallery and Keppel Centre for Art Education.
The Art Connector, a permanent aesthetic sheltered walkway which links City Hall MRT along North Bridge Road and Coleman Street to the entrance of the Gallery will be launched on Nov 27.
Festival goers can also attend panel discussions on dialogues about Singapore and Southeast Asian art from Nov 24 to 25.
The line-up of activities and events leading to the opening will be announced over the next few months.