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Arts & Museums
Dr Sun Yat Sen, the man many consider to be the founder of modern China, lived in this villa during his stay in Singapore. The building once served as the regional headquarters for the Nationalist Party of China. Formerly called the Sun Yat Sen Villa, it was re-opened after renovations that cost almost SGD8 million. The galleries house items like old photographs, personal effects and wax figures. There is also a painting called "Overseas Chinese, Mother Of The Revolution". Measuring six meters by three meters, it is believed to be the largest oil painting done here. Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall hosts various art exhibitions as well. Check website for more details.
Founded in 1971 by the prominent local art guru Marjorie Chu, the Art Forum is one of the most established galleries in Singapore. Local and South-east Asian works under the domains of contemporary brush painting, contemporary abstract painting and watercolor painting find a home abode in this two-storey terrace house. Art enthusiasts such as curators and collectors often gather here to discuss art and study the pieces, which include works by local artist Tan Teo Kwang and Indonesian artist Goh Beng Kwan. Some sculptures and three-dimensional works are also featured.
Long awaited by sculpture aficionados, Sculpture Square is the first exhibition hall in Singapore to showcase three-dimensional artwork, everything from the massive to the petite. Here, you will find works by prominent local artists like Ng Eng Teng, Han Hai Poh and Chong Fah Cheong, as well as internationally renowned sculptor Ripolles from Spain. Occupying the grounds of a former church, the Sculpture Square is a non-profit organization with a mission to promote the three-dimensional art scene in Singapore.
The traditional art of Chinese calligraphy is alive and well at the Singapore Calligraphy Center. Located in a beautifully restored house near the Singapore Art Museum, the Calligraphy Center is a place for research, lectures and exhibitions related to calligraphy. The center also offers calligraphy and painting classes for all levels from children to advanced, though instruction may only be in Mandarin. If you are interested in attending a lecture or joining one the calligraphy classes, visit the website or contact the center for a current schedule.
National Library of Singapore has plenty of books in various languages, including Malay and Chinese. There are also tours and seminars of the library that are available to the public. To learn more about special events, please check the website for more information.
An avid still life painter herself, owner Jasmine Tay opened the doors to her Jasmine Fine Arts gallery a decade ago, in order to showcase international works of fine art. You will find in this roomy and cordial space a commendable portfolio of paintings by artists from all over the world. In the permanent collection are the still life pieces of Burmese Win Pemin, featuring fruit and landscape, as well as Chinese painter Huang Zhongyang, who is famous for his life-like portraits.
For aficionados of Chinese art, visiting the Heng Artland Co. gallery is a must. Displaying some of the finest works from artists all over China, it presents a strong portfolio of oil paintings, ink paintings, Shoushan stone carvings, as well as wood, marble and bronze sculptures. The artwork displayed here includes Chinese ink paintings by Jia Youfu and Shi Qi, and oil paintings by Wang Shaolun and Li Tianxiang. A decent collection of landscape art also is displayed, most selling at reasonable prices.
The Moment of Imagination and Nostalgia with Toys (MINT) is the kind of experience visitors can anticipate at this museum which was specially built to showcase toys. Housed in an award-winning contemporary building, it showcases the founder's personal collection of vintage toys and childhood memorabilia from more than 25 countries such as Germany, Japan, United Kingdom, United States and even Bulgaria. The toys which date from 1840s to the mid-1970s are exhibited on over 4 levels of the museum and include Disneyana toys like Mickey Mouse, Snow White & the 7 dwarfs; Character toys such as Astroboy, Batman, Bonzo, Dan Dare, Popeye and Tintin collectables, amongst others. Check the website for admission rates.
Established in 1980, the Sin Hua Gallery specializes in quality Oriental paintings from China. The roomy Zen-like art space features myriads of artwork done mostly in Chinese ink by 19th and 20th century masters. Renowned artists represented here include Qi Baishi, Xu Beihong, Lu Yanshao, Wu Guanzhong and Li Keran, amongst many others. You can continue your artistic appreciation of Oriental art at the other galleries on the same level.
Trace the events that have shaped Singapore from the 14th century right up to the present day. Discover the rich heritage of its people, their ancestral roots, ethnic and religious diversity and past struggle for nationhood through dioramas and artifacts, or a 3D show. Be sure to check out the 14-century Javanese gold jewelry, which hints at Singapore's glorious pre-colonial past. The popular "Tales of the Night" tour uncovers the museum's ghostly residents.
This gallery has earned the reputation of being the Best Gallery for Local Art, a distinction that was awarded by WHERE Singapore, which is a tourist publication, and Visa Gold. Featuring mainly contemporary works by local and South-east Asian artists, Art-folio's collection includes oil on canvas, paper works and sculptures. Those represented range from internationally recognized painters such as Arie Smit and Oh Chai Hoo to budding talents including Chrisilda Cherian and Budie Az. Art restoration and consultation services on art decor are also provided.
Do not fret if you cannot roam around the Raffles Hotel as freely as you wish. The Raffles Hotel Museum offers an opportunity for you to gain an insight into the hotel's history from its heyday in the 1920s and 1930s. The museum exhibits an interesting collection of artifacts and memorabilia that speak of the hotel's legendary past. Postcards, old letters, photographs, advertisements and brochures are kept in good condition for all to see. Also locked away in a safe here is the once-secret recipe for the Singapore Sling; Singapore's trademark cocktail concocted by the hotel's bar captain in 1915.