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  • Dec 18, 2015

Conversation With Low Sze Wee, Curatorial Director of National Gallery Singapore

The newly unveiled National Gallery Singapore, which formally opened in late November, is the first public museum in the world dedicated to Southeast Asian modern art. The Gallery focuses on the art histories of Singapore and the region, and, with a total area of approximately 64,000 square meters, is the largest visual arts institution in the city-state.

A literal fusion of two buildings—the former City Hall and the adjacent former Supreme Court—the Gallery has soaring ceilings and meandering, light-filled exhibition halls. Its seemingly endless repository of modern art is founded in the museum’s permanent collection of over 8,000 works, which encompass a vast range of mediums from the 19th and 20th centuries.