Friday, June 14, 2024

Public Artwork, the Asian Civilization Museum, and the National Gallery

 Museums and artwork abound throughout Singapore. The iconic Merlion, a mythical creature with the head of a lion and the body of a fish, is a must-see for visitors to the city-state.


                       The beautiful Victoria concert hall is the oldest concert hall in Singapore.


The Asian Civilizations Museum is compact but fascinating, as it explores the cultural connections forged as Singapore emerged as an important port city.

The display of pottery below was part of the Tang Shipwreck, recovered in 1998 in the Java Sea southeast of Singapore. More than 60,000 pieces of pottery, manufactured in China during the Tang dynasty, were recovered.

                                                                    Museum exterior

The National Gallery is interesting not only because of its art collection, but also the beautiful aluminum and glass atrium which unites former buildings of the Supreme Court. Below is a sculpture suspended in the atrium.


Today, the museum houses collections featuring Singaporean art from the 19th century, as well as modern art from the greater Southeast Asian region.

Another example of public art, this piece is located near the pedestrian bridge which leads from the Asian Civilization Museum to the original Fullerton Hotel.                                                                                 

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