LISTENING TO ARCHITECTURE

Published on 6 July 2017

Credit: National Gallery Singapore

National Gallery Singapore’s new ArchiGallery chronicles the rich histories of City Hall and former Supreme Court.

By MELANIE LEE

The architecture of National Gallery Singapore is as much a work of art as the art it displays in its premises. According to Susie Lim-Kannan, Assistant Director of PR & Communications at National Gallery Singapore, many visitors are curious about how the City Hall and former Supreme Court buildings were transformed to the major art gallery that it is today.

“Our Building Highlights Tour that we hold daily are already very popular, and this new ArchiGallery will provide another resource for visitors to gain a better understanding of how this building came to be,” she says.

Listening to Architecture: The Gallery’s Histories and Transformations held at ArchiGallery (Level 4) is a multisensory show which will present a history of the buildings’ design and conservation efforts and highlight key architectural features of National Gallery Singapore.

One highlight is a debut public showcase of key artefacts from excavations conducted on-site. “The archaeological remains that were found as part of excavation work date back to the 1300s and tell a story of an almost forgotten past,” says Low Sze Wee, Director for Curatorial, Collections and Education at National Gallery Singapore.

Two artworks by Singaporean artists Zai Tang and Michael Lee enhance this gallery experience. Tang has an immersive soundwork titled ‘Resident Frequencies: A Brief Aural History of National Gallery Singapore’ with recordings in and around the City Hall and former Supreme Court buildings. Lee’s ‘Mapping Worlds: Scenes of Singapore’, a digital print on a lightbox, explores the relationship between Singapore’s architecture, urban planning, and people.

There’s also a 360-degree tour of the gallery’s inaccessible areas through a wall projection. Virtual navigation of the main dome and the walkway leading from the holding cells to the courtroom in the former Supreme Court is made possible using AR (augmented reality) technology.

Credit: National Gallery Singapore
Credit: National Gallery Singapore
Credit: National Gallery Singapore
Credit: National Gallery Singapore

Listening to Architecture: The Gallery’s Histories and Transformations is located at ArchiGallery, City Hall, Level 4. Click here for more information

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