When the old parliament house was transformed into an art gallery, the developers did more than just clear out the rooms within and retrofit them for hanging works of art. There are some significant new architectural transformations. One of the most outstanding changes is this giant tree-like pillar added as a roof support in one of the courtyards.
Another notable change is that the height of the building was actually raised. The new ceiling now covers the original rotunda, and an intricate series of pillars and beams now hold up the new roof over the original structure. An open-air garden and two F&B outlets now reside on the roof.
This ends this series of architectural images of the Singapore National Gallery. Maybe I will add another entry when I have a chance to re-visit and take another series of pictures of the different places. If you are planning a visit, you can find out more at the official site.
Oh before I end, you may have noticed that I did not take any images of the artwork on display. That was intentional. I generally do not make any images from other people’s images of art and pass it off as if I had anything to do with how good that is. 🙂 But how is the quality of the art on display? A lot of art in SEA have their roots in the political and social upheavals and struggles of the region, so expect to see many such themes on display. Art in South-East Asia also did not enjoy a long history of practice and prestige compared to Europe, so the work on display will not compare as well as the most prestigious art museums in Europe and America. However, what is on display is still enjoyable, and art lovers will be glad to spend half a day here.