National Gallery Singapore

The National Gallery has a significant collection of Amorsolos, including this atypical piece painted in 1945. Defend thy Honor by Fernando C. Amorsolo. Image courtesy of National Heritage Board, Singapore

Established in 2015, National Gallery Singapore (Gallery) is home to more than 8,000 artworks from across Southeast Asia spanning the 19th century to the present. “Southeast Asia” here refers to the region encompassing Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Vietnam, The Philippines, Thailand, Myanmar, Cambodia, Laos and Brunei.

This unique transnational approach and collection forms the basis for the Gallery’s curatorial and research efforts to (re)write the art histories of this region. As of 2022, there are 160 works by over 50 known artists from the Philippines in Gallery’s collection ranging from the late 19th century till the 1990s including painting, works on paper, sculpture, and video works. Included in the Mapping Project are the Gallery's 31 pieces whose date of creation range up to 1959. We chose to include four early 20th c. albumen print photographs  for reference. *

Gallery has produced several exhibits that have showcased Philippine artists, including Reframing Modernism: Painting from Southeast Asia, Europe and Beyond (2016), and the very well-received Between Worlds: Raden Saleh and Juan Luna (2017-2018). It also continues to regularly show Philippine works through its long-term exhibition, Between Declarations and Dreams: Art of Southeast Asia since the 19th Century, which features both works from their collection and loans from institutional and private collections.

*MPMC  does not ordinarily include photographs in the database following the parameters of the Mapping Project

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