Singtel Special Exhibition Gallery

The Singtel Special Exhibition Gallery is National Gallery Singapore’s modern art wing, spanning a total floor area of approximately 20,000 square feet on the third floor. The gallery was named in acknowledgement of a $20 million contribution made by Singtel to National Gallery Singapore at its founding. It presents two major shows every year of international and Southeast Asian art, and the gallery calendar is rich with events to celebrate their launches.


Current Exhibitions
Huang Yong Ping. Reptiles. 1989, current version made 2013. Paper pulp, iron and washing machine. 495 x 1300 x 900 cm. Collection of M+, Hong Kong.

Awakenings: Art in Society in Asia 1960s – 1990s

14 Jun 2019 - 15 Sep 2019

See interactions between artists and society that awoke a new consciousness in postwar Asia.

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Past Exhibitions

Minimalism: Space. Light. Object.

16 Nov 2018 – 14 Apr 2019
Olafur Eliasson. Room for one colour. 1997. Monofrequency lamps. Dimensions variable. © Olafur Eliasson

See more through less at the first Minimalism exhibition in Southeast Asia, set across two sites: National Gallery Singapore and ArtScience Museum.

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(Re)collect: The Making of our Art Collection

11 May 2018 - 19 August 2018

This exhibition reveals the story behind the creation of the National Collection in the 1960s and how it continues to evolve today by highlighting the significant acquisitions and donations made in recent years.

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Century of Light: Masterpieces from Monet, Renoir, Raden Saleh, Juan Luna and more

16 November 2017 - 11 March 2018
Claude Monet. "Le bassin aux nymphéas, harmonie rose" (Waterlily Pond, Pink Harmony). 1900. Collection of Musée d’Orsay, Paris, France. Gift of Count Isaac de Camondo, 1911. RF 2005. Photo © RMN-Grand Palais (musée d'Orsay) / Hervé Lewandowski.

The fourth international presentation at the Singtel Special Exhibition Gallery, Century of Light, will introduce two exciting exhibitions on art from the 19 century.

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Radiant Material: A Dialogue in Vietnamese Lacquer Painting

5 June 2017 - 3 September 2017
Nguyen Gia Tri. Les Fées (The Fairies). c. 1936. Lacquer on board. Collection of Ms Geraldine Galatéau, Paris.

This exhibition invites you to experience the beauty and versatility of Vietnamese lacquer painting through the work of two artists—one modern and one contemporary—who have each contributed strongly to the development of this unique art form.

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Yayoi Kusama: Life is the Heart of a Rainbow

9 June 2017 – 3 September 2017
Yayoi Kusama. Infinity Mirrored Room – Gleaming Lights of the Souls. 2008.

For its third international exhibition, the Singtel Special Exhibition Gallery will showcase “Yayoi Kusama: Life is the Heart of the Rainbow”.

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Artist and Empire: (En)Countering Colonial Legacies

6 October 2016 – 26 March 2017

​Organised in association with Tate Britain, Singtel Special Exhibition Gallery’s second international exhibition explored the different ways in which the British Empire has been represented and contested through art.

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Reframing Modernism

31 March 2016 – 17 July 2016
Vassily Kandinsky, Impression V (Parc), Collection of Centre Pompidou, Paris

The Singtel Special Exhibition Gallery at the National Gallery Singapore (NGS) opened with its first ever exhibition on 31 March 2016.

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