The Singapore Art Museum – Innocently Risque

What an incredibly beautiful day. The big fluffy clouds over the blue sky is gorgeous. I was tempted to lie down on the grass and just stare at the sky all day. It was a perfect way to spend national day.

Beautiful sky in Singapore

After finding out that the entry to the Singapore Museums would be free on national day,Β I finally decided to visit the Singapore Arts Museum.

It has been so long since I’ve visited the museum that I don’t even remember the year when I visited it last.

Singapore Arts Museum

But I still remember how beautiful the building was. The building was built at the year 1863, which explains the charming, colonial styled architecture. As I walked around the compound, I like to imagine how it was during those time.

Singapore Arts Museum

Every turn was a peaceful, beautifully quaint sanctuary. It was easy to get lost in one’s own imagination. And then we go back to the realisation of the present time with the large and colourful banners which was decorated around the area.

Singapore Arts Museum

Whilst inside, this charming display greeted me and as I walked up the staircase to see the gallery, I can’t help to notice the many wedding food recipes gracing the walls.

Singapore Arts Museum

When I reached the second floor, there was a bustling of activity. I see children participating in a competition, roaming around the museum, looking for the next station to retrieve their clues. I also see couples and families walking, pointing to what catches their eyes.

Singapore Arts Museum

I see this colourful canvas shoe display which was done by kids all over Singapore. This was to represent the diversity and uniqueness of Singapore.

I took my time taking in the views in the different galleries. The museum was segmented in different parts of South East Asia – I walked from Indonesia’s emotive expressionistic Affandi, to the peaceful works of Vietnam’s Le Pho.

Singapore Arts Museum

But in the seemingly innocent museum, lies some memorable pieces. Gallery 2.10 housed contemporary South East Asian works. I saw many abstract arts as well as some very interesting ones.

I can’t help but to chuckle out loud when I saw a huge canvas of a painting of a man sitting on top of a toilet looking horrified as a woman looked in his cubicle. In the real painting, there is no woman covering the man’s bits.

Singapore Arts Museum

But I think the highlight of the gallery was the video display of three different performance art. As I sat down and watched the show, my eyes nearly popped out at what I saw. Although the footage looked amateur and slightly grainy, the content was a little risque.

The first footage showed a many different people peeping in a kaleidescope and I heard suggestive human sounds. Eventually we find out what the curious view in the kaleidescope was and I felt a little uncomfortable, with the wide eyed young kids sitting beside me. But since their parents was right next to them, I guess it was their perogative.

The second footage showed a lady picking out random audiences to the platform and took off her apparel to be exchanged with the chosen audience. I think this particular performance was held in Vietnam. I doubt that the typical Singaporeans would be as daring to take off their clothing in front of everyone.

The third footage shows another lady asking some visitors to close their eyes while she puts her hands over them, but not touching the visitors. All I can think to myself was, “Huh? Is this art? Oh ok.”

Nevertheless, I did enjoy my tour around the Arts Museum. And the gallery certainly was a feast for the eyes and not to mention, an eye popper πŸ˜‰

It was truly an enjoyable an lovely day.

Singapore Arts Museum

Singapore Art Museum
71 Bras Basah Rd
Singapore 189555

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11 Replies to “The Singapore Art Museum – Innocently Risque”

  1. It’ll be some time till I go to New York. But from the sounds of it, the exhibition looks interesting.

    This reminds me of the south east exhibition in the Singapore Heritage Museum, there was one chinese exhibition which shows fruit ceramics that opens to reveal positions. These are gifts from mother to daughter on her wedding day.

  2. free entry to all spore museums?!! i didn’t know… πŸ™ πŸ™ hmm, now i’m itching to go visit the museums soon. πŸ™‚

  3. Myztika

    Yes, all of the museums and heritage centers in Singapore are opened for public on the national holidays.

    Free entry for days like Chinese New Year, Hari Raya Puasa, International Museum Day, NationalDay, Deepavali and Christmas. And also every friday 6-9pm. Hehehe

    Want to go? πŸ™‚


    Me too! Its a very interesting place indeed πŸ™‚

  4. Hi Marino, I’m currently collaborating with SAM. if my works are accepted they gonna use it as resources for visitors. Nothin much now but I see it as my stepping stone to a career in museum edu. after teaching. Glad U love SAM cos my students love it wen I conduct lessons in museums – narima.

  5. Narima

    You’ll be wonderful for being an educator in museums πŸ™‚ I wish you for all the best! Can I join you when you teach your kids in museums next? πŸ˜€


    Me too πŸ™‚ But I cant draw or sculpt or anything thats serious art πŸ˜›

  6. sure but not for this term, maybe nxt term. I usually plan on weekdays afternoon when there are lesser crowds so tht my students can just sit on the gallery floor while we have a dialogue session. Amazing hw a change of environment can change your normal minahs and lians into intellectuals taling abt art!

    regarding serious art, I fancy street art more these days. Don’t start with high-brow art cos tht will intimidate you, start off with smtg light. Anyway, my philosophy of teaching is if U can write, U can draw!!! ;o)

  7. Can I join you guys next term? Hehehehe

    Yeah, I can imagine that, people transforming differently according to their environment. Tharman Shamugaratnam did say that environment is very important in developing a person πŸ˜›

    By the way, who says I can write πŸ˜› I can only blog πŸ˜›

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