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No more tickets—you’ll have unlimited access to all exhibits as well as priority access to selected ones in the Gallery

If you’re running out of ideas on how to spend your weekends and vacation days, how about heading to National Gallery Singapore to see your favourite art pieces? In fact, you can do it over and over again.

In celebration of National Day, the Gallery is offering one-year complimentary Gallery Insider memberships for all Singaporeans and permanent residents.

This grants you unlimited access to all exhibits; priority access to selected exhibitions; priority booking and concessions to selected programmes; access to Gallery Insider-only events; as well as shopping and dining privileges. You can even earn points during your visits to redeem one-of-a-kind experiences at the museum.

The membership is redeemable from now until October 31, 2020, at National Gallery’s website, but will have to be activated in person on site.

Formerly Singapore’s Supreme Court Building and City Hall and now home to our national art collection, there’s definitely plenty to see at the monument. Here are some ongoing exhibitions to get you started.

1. Gallery Light Up

In commemoration of Singapore’s 55 years of independence, National Gallery Singapore pays tribute to local artists in this 20-minute art projection. Featuring 60 original artworks inspired by the National Collection, the pieces will be projected on the exterior of its veiled canopy, complemented by an illumination of its façade as part of a precinct-wide light-up to mark National Day. The light-up and projections will take place daily until August 30, from 7pm to 12am.

Find out more here.

2. Chua Soo Bin: Truths & Legends

In what is the Gallery’s first photography exhibition that features close to 100 photographs, Chua Soo Bin: Truths & Legends examines the works of Singaporean photographer and Cultural Medallion recipient Chua Soo Bin.

Celebrated for his incisive portraits, the exhibition is anchored by Chua’s Legends series, which comprises photographs of 14 Chinese ink masters including Chen Wen Hsi, Lu Yanshao, and Ye Qianyu. Other photographic works and archival material from the photographer’s career—which spans over six decades—gives insight to the history and development of photography in Singapore.

Find out more here.

3. Latiff Mohidin: Pago Pago

More than the name of the exhibit, Pago Pago is a phrase coined by modernist painter and poet Latiff Mohidin to evoke the consciousness that emerged through his life-changing journeys across British Malaya as a young boy, to Europe and later Southeast Asia.

Encapsulating the artist’s desire to challenge the dominance of Western modernism at the time, Pago Pago inspired Mohidin’s unique approach to form in his painting and poetry. Drawing from the artist’s personal archives, the exhibition presentions over 80 artworks ranging from sketches and paintings to sculptures, prints and poetry. A specially curated collection of artworks created between 1949 to 1954 offers perspective into Mohidin’s time living in Kampong Glam, Singapore as well.

Find out more here.

4. Between Declarations and Dreams: Art of Southeast Asia since the 19th Century

Both history and art buffs will enjoy this collection of over 300 artworks that trace the art history of Southeast Asia from the mid-19th century.

Chronologically presented and arranged into four main themes—Authority and Anxiety, Imagining Country and Self, Manifesting the Nation, and Re:Defining Art—the exhibition identifies key turning points in the artistic sensibilities of the region, and how they are inseparably linked to the social and political history of Southeast Asia. Between Declarations and Dreams is housed in the UOB Southeast Asia Gallery, in the former Supreme Court building.

Find out more here.

5. Suddenly Turning Visible: Art and Architecture in Southeast Asia (1969–1989)

Drawing attention to the lesser-known links between art and architecture, Suddenly Turning Visible reflects the rapid modernisation of Southeast Asia between 1969 to 1989 through archival artworks as well as newly commissioned and restaged pieces from the era. The title of the exhibition itself was adopted by Filipino artist and curator Raymundo Albano in 1981to describe the whirlwind urbanisation of Manila’s landscape.

This was also a time when artists and architects explored new approaches—reinventing international art movements like abstraction, realism and conceptual art while reflecting the culture and traditions of their geography. The exhibition traces this exciting and aspirational period through three influential art institutions in Manila, Bangkok and Singapore.

Find out more here.

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