The History Of The Singapore Art Museum

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Singapore Art Museum

[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row full_width=”stretch_row” css=”.vc_custom_1500891894066{margin-top: 0px !important;margin-bottom: 0px !important;padding-top: 50px !important;background-color: rgba(255,255,255,0.89) !important;*background-color: rgb(255,255,255) !important;}” el_id=”steelpaint” el_class=”scroll”][vc_column][ult_animation_block animation=”fadeInUp” animation_duration=”0.5″ animation_delay=”0.5″ animation_iteration_count=”1″][vc_column_text]On the 20th of January 1996, the Singapore Art Museum was officially opened where it was deemed as the first art museum in Southeast Asia with both programmes and facilities of international standards. The National Museum created a project which was supposed to set up a total of five-museum precinct in the city which led to the fine arts museum being born. The St. Joseph’s Institution building was restored with the beginning of the Fine Arts Museum project.
The State Minister at the time Ker Sin Tze announced on the 18th of July 1992 that artist and surgeon Earl Lu would be appointed as the head of the board which consisted of 11 members. The newly appointed board was given the task to seek and acquire the works of esteemed painters from East and Southeast Asia as well as new and upcoming artists from these regions. Mr. Low Chuck Tiew served as a museum adviser and was previously a retired banker who was versed with collecting exquisite art.
Ms. Shirley Loo-Lim served as the vice-chairman of the board and also help the position as Deputy Director of Singapore’s National Museum. The other members who made up the board were Yap-Whang Whee, Wee Chwee Heng, Sarkasi Said, Geh Min, Lee Seng Tee, Ho Kok Hoe, T. K. Sabapathy, Arthur Lim, Sum Yoke Kit and the Singapore Polytechnic alumni. The national monument was at the time approximately 140 years old where it was to be restored at a cost of S$30 million and took place over the course of two years.
The Singapore Art Museum opened its doors publically on the 20th of October 1995 where a Swarovski crystal chandelier was installed as its first piece of art. The piece was 7 m which approximated to 23 feet in height, at a cost of S$90,000 and weighed a whopping 325 kg where its construction lasted over three months. However, on the 20th of January 1996, the museum was officially opened by Goh Chok Tong, who was Singapore’s Prime Minister at the time. His opening speech illustrated that the museum along with the other four Art museums and the Arts Center would serve in a historic role, where they would display culture, civilisation, and ideas to people within the region and around the globe.
The Singapore Art Museum serves to present work which was obtained from a permanent collection along with that of various exhibitions which would illustrate contemporary Asian art in a well-rounded manner. In the year 2001 the museum started accepting donations from around the region and acquiring prominent pieces from the works of Dinh Q Le, Titarubi, Cheo Chai Hiang, Suzann Victor, Nge Lay and Natee Utarit. The internationally esteemed museum partners with other art institutions who are also leading to collaborate and produce exhibitions with Deutsche Bank as well as the Museum of Art in Yokohama which also highlights Japanese artists like Yasumasa Morimura and Yayoi Kusama. The Singapore Art Museum also regularly organises exhibitions where international artists are invited to present their installations. More on GOS in Singapore
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