The National Gallery Singapore (NGS) opens its doors to the public today (24 Nov).
A decade in the making, the $532 million museum is housed in the breathtakingly restored buildings of the former Supreme Court and City Hall. It is the first museum of such scale in the world holding the largest public collection of Singapore and Southeast Asia modern art.
Unveiled last night by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, he called NGS a museum “we can point to and say, 'This is truly a National Gallery'". He hoped that through the NGS “we will appreciate better where we come from, discover new perspectives and be inspired to paint our own canvases”.
PM Lee added that NGS’ measure of success will not be “how many tourists come, or how our museum ranks internationally, but whether Singaporeans feel that the gallery belongs to them, visit it to enjoy what it offers, and in time come to love the gallery”.
Last night, guests were given a preview of a light and sound display that will be a highlight of opening festivities this weekend. There will also be a carnival spilling out of the museum onto the Padang.
Entry to NGS is free for all from today to 6 Dec. After that, it is free for Singaporeans, PRs, and children aged 6 and below. Non-Singaporeans will pay $20.
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Sources: “Long-awaited National Gallery opens today” (The Straits Times, 24 Nov 2015);
“National Gallery is about more than art, says PM at opening” (TODAY, 23 Nov 2015)