The Singapore Art Museum
, ) houses the national art collection of Singapore
. It possesses a collection of 7,750 pieces of Singaporean and Southeast Asian
modern and contemporary art
, and has an expanding collection of new Asian and international contemporary art.
Officially opened in 1996, it is one of the first art museums with international standard museum facilities and programmes in Southeast Asia.
The museum, then known as the Fine Arts Museum
, was borne out of a project by the National Museum
to set up of a five-museum precinct in the city. The other four museums that make up the precinct are known as the Singapore History Museum
, Asian Civilisations Museum
, People's Museum and the Children's Museum. The Fine Arts Museum project began with the restoration of the former St. Joseph's Institution
building. At the same time, the appointment of artist and surgeon Dr Earl Lu
to head an 11-member Fine Arts Museum Board was announced on July 18, 1992, by the Minister of State (Information and the Arts and Education) Dr Ker Sin Tze
. The 11-strong Board was tasked to acquire works of art by notable painters from Southeast Asia
and East Asia
, and by upcoming potential artists from these regions, for the benefit of the visual arts heritage of Singaporeans in centuries to come. Low Chuck Tiew, a retired banker and prominent art collector, served as museum adviser, along with Mrs Shirley... Read More