National Gallery Singapore

I am back after a whole year – Happy New Year!

It has been a busy year for me at work. I have also started on a 2 year post-graduate programme which means I have loads of readings and projects to do. I am enjoying studies, but only wish I have more time to read and to paint.

Today is new year holiday and I took a trip to the newly opened National Gallery Singapore. This is housed in the former Supreme Court building and re-opened with much fanfare recently after years of extensive refurbishment. It is really majestic and beautiful. There is so much space  – a rarity in crowded Singapore.

Here are some art I saw. Hope you’d enjoy them too.

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Boschbrand (Forest Fire) by Indonesian artist Raden Saleh: one of the main attractions at the Gallery. It’s huge – 4m by 3 m.

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A Sunflower. By Chinese Artist Wu Guanzhong (1919-2010) who is considered the founder of modern Chinese painting. He painted this as a tribute to Van Gogh and because he is mesmerised by the sunflower’s intricate criss-cross pattern that is both complex and orderly. I like the mix of both western oil painting style and Chinese ink painting style.

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Another piece bu Wu Guanzhong that I like. I have the contrast of the light-hearted green foreground against the black and white houses and grey mountains that are more traditional and serious.

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This one’s movement and exuberance makes it very exciting to look at. Also by Wu Guanzhong, it is called “The Night of Indonesian Dance”.

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This piece is a bit sad to look at. It depicts scene from the Vietnam war. So simple an ink painting. But so profound the sadness.


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An interesting last piece. This only looks like a chair if you stand at a particular angle.


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It is really made up of many different pieces spread in different places.


5 thoughts on “National Gallery Singapore

  1. That’s great Monica, you decided to post something! Happy New Year, and I hope it brings you some spare time to paint and draw, I wish you good health and lots of love and joy!

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