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National Gallery Singapore

Singapore’s newest art venue, the National Gallery Singapore boasts the world’s largest collection of modern art from Singapore and Southeast Asia. The museum is housed in the breathtakingly restored heritage buildings of the former Supreme Court and City Hall, themselves national monuments, and a befitting home for the world-class collection of more than 8,000 works.

If your time is limited, zoom in on the gallery’s inaugural long-term exhibition titled “Siapa Nama Kamu?” (which means “What Is Your Name?” in Malay). It takes you on a chronological exploration of Singapore’s art history, identity and links to Southeast Asia through almost 400 works by Singapore artists dating back to the 19th century.

Where: 1 St Andrew’s Road
Opening hours: Sundays to Thursdays and public holidays, 10am to 7pm Fridays, Saturdays and eve of public holidays, 10am to 10pm

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Singapore Art Museum (SAM)

SAM owns one of the world’s largest public collections of contemporary Southeast Asian art, which includes paintings, sculptures, video art and installations. The museum was once a Catholic boys’ school, St Joseph’s Institution, which was established in the 1800s. When the school moved out in 1987, the building was lovingly conserved and adapted for its current purpose.

Exhibitions at the museum change every few months, and from 4 June to 28 August 2016, the museum will host “Odyssey, Navigating Nameless Seas”, which features artists’ exploration of the ocean’s enigma. Asian artists such as Thai Pratchaya Phinthong, Singaporean Ashley Yeo and South Korean Monica So-Young Moon are represented.

Where: 71 Bras Basah Road
Opening hours: Daily, 10am to 7pm except Fridays, 10am to 9pm

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Gillman Barracks

This visual arts enclave consists of 11 art galleries housed in former British army barracks that were built in the 1930s. The galleries in this 6.4-hectare site include New York’s Sundaram Tagore, which represents artists such as award-winning photographers Edward Burtynsky and Annie Leibovitz; and Italy’s Partners & Mucciaccia, which focuses on modern and contemporary art masters such as Pablo Picasso, Wassily Kandinsky and Marc Chagall. There are also Asia-based galleries such as ShanghART Gallery, which plays an important role in the development of China’s contemporary art scene.

Where: 9 Lock Road (Main building)
Opening hours: Vary by galleries

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STPI Creative Workshop and Gallery

A homage to printmaking and paper-based art, STPI Creative Workshop and Gallery offers residency programmes to artists, both established and emerging, local and international. At the end of a residency, works are exhibited and catalogued for appreciation and for sale.

The gallery will also be putting up its annual special exhibition from 7 July to 28 August, and this year’s show focuses on the late French-Chinese abstract painter Zao Wou-Ki with the show “Zao Wou-Ki: No Boundaries”. This is the first time his works will be shown in Southeast Asia.

Where: 41 Robertson Quay
Opening hours: Mondays to Fridays, 10am to 7pm Saturdays, 9am to 6pm
Closed on Sundays and public holidays