Discover the National Gallery in the Naked Museum Tour Photo Series! We’ll be taking a walk around Singapore’s largest visual art institution, starting from the renewed City Hall wing.
The National Gallery combines two historic monuments – The old Supreme Court and City Hall. Both buildings are restored as part of the creation of the new museum space.
As this photo series documents the Naked Museum experience, we’ll be tracing the footsteps of that tour – Starting from the City Hall wing of the National Gallery.
While City Hall kept its original facade, the insides are spruced up – a lot.
The new courtyard is white and minimal. Gone are the carparks and plants. Rich tones of wood offer some contrast, and acts as a visual marker of the ‘new’ element, and as a cue of movement between spaces.
The National Gallery has a new basement level, which also connects the two buildings. Unlike the soft, white atrium upstairs, it’s quite mellow below.
The tour began at the Singapore Courtyard (which is across the City Hall Courtyard). The section of the museum houses the DBS Singapore Gallery, home to a permanent collection of Singapore art from the 19th Century and present. The new staircase leads to the City Hall Chamber.
Our docent showing an old photo of the original carpark.
With the new staircase, we get to enter the City Hall Chamber through its windows. Pretty neat, huh.
While many momentous moments in Singapore’s history happened here, in recent times it also served as a unique installation venue. It was used during the Singapore Biennale in 2006 and 2008. For those who remember, in 2006: Rashid Rana’s Departure Lounge projected a loop of the skies (as if the chamber is a flight cabin) on the white panels here. In 2008 there was a giant aerial map of Singapore on the floor, an artwork by Wit Pimkanchanapong where visitors can stick notes on the floor to physically ‘tag’ it.
A view through a
window door of the City Hall Chamber.
While different from the stark white walls of City Hall, the new elements of wood seem to work harmoniously.
The golden skyroof is another new motif of the National Gallery. It’s mimetic – with all the trees gone, metal panels gently filter the natural light.
The roof of city hall is redeveloped into a two-level space, which functions mainly as a place to unwind and dine. Al fresco dining, right off the roof at City Hall!
The viewing deck gives great views of the current construction for National Day Parade.
You’ll find out how the two monuments are beautifully connected in the next part of the series. Check back soon!Subscribe to Dejiki.com or Like my Facebook page for notifications of updates.