It's like going to the Colosseum, only to find the contents of the Louvre being dumped into it, in a badly patched up interior. You have trivialized what the two buildings meant to Singapore's historyMore
It's like going to the Colosseum, only to find the contents of the Louvre being dumped into it, in a badly patched up interior. You have trivialized what the two buildings meant to Singapore's historyMoreShow less
Dear Nor H
Thanks for taking the time to write this review. We are disappointed that you feel this way about your visit and hope that we might perhaps change your mind in the future. Thank you.
Loved the South-East Asian and Singapore collection. The descriptions next to the artworks were good.
When I went, the Gallery also had the Colonial Legacies collection from Tate Britain. It is worth catching if it ever comes again to the National Gallery. The collection essentially demonstrated how colonialism was interpreted by artists through the ages.
Dear Swathi B
Thank you for your review. We are very pleased to hear that you enjoyed our collections.
Many cities in the former British Empire have old courts and town halls have that have been refurbished for other uses. But I have never seen a renovation of a colonial building that so convincingly preserves the old buildings while audaciously giving them a new purpose. The art is wonderful and much of it also explores the relationship between the old colonial government and the new modern Singapore. I recommend a drink at the rooftop bar while you gaze across the old cricket clubs and the padang to the new vibrant Marina Bay and modern Singapore.
Thank you for visiting and writing this review. We are so happy to hear that you enjoyed the building and our exhibitions. Thank you.
The art work is fabulous, and changes with various exhibitions on from time to time. But the real star of the show is the amazing architecture to link the old Court House and City Hall buildings. Definetly take one of the guided tours to orientate yourself and learn a bit of the history. You need to give yourself at least half a day here for a look around. And there's some excellent choices of restaurants for lunch.
Thank you for your review. You visited us in Dec 2016...and we hope we will have the pleasure of welcoming you again soon.
Well worth a visit old city hall and old Supreme Court are now the National Gallery of Singapore. They have done an out standing renovation to blend the new with the old.
Dear Frank M
Thank you for your review.
I found the art collections to be secondary to the architecture. Singapore integrated the stately old British colonial era City Hall and Supreme Court buildings to create a new national gallery by combining old and new architecture. The result is one beautiful, vast and airy building with many rooms that display modern and contemporary Singaporan and Southeast Asian art. Court rooms and offices point to the courthouse history. The architects even saved the two jail cells where they used to keep people during trials.
I found the interactive children's rooms--the Art Playscape and Into the Woods--far more interesting than the art collections in the other rooms, and I did not even bring a child along. If you have children, make a bee line to these two delightful rooms.
Thank you for visiting. The Art Playscape and Who's in the Woods is for the young and young at heart and we are glad to hear you enjoyed those spaces too!