For a city renowned for its modernity and opulence, it should come as no surprise that Singapore is home to some excellent art galleries and art institutions. In a country where spraying graffiti can get you a serious prison sentence and even corporal punishment, even the street artists bring their work indoors. The following are just a few of the galleries that the city has to offer.
1). The Substation
Singapore’s first independent contemporary arts center, the Substation was founded in 1990 by the famous theater personality Kuo Pao Kun. The facility includes a black box theater, gallery space, dance studio, and a multifunction classroom. Located in the city’s civic district, this institution is a must for visitors who are interested contemporary and performance art.
2). Art Facet
With an emphasis on international contemporary art, Art Facet is a welcome counterpoint to the Asian-centric focus embraced by the majority of arts institutions in Singapore.
Established in 2004, Aryaseni Art Gallery is the premiere institution for lovers of Indonesian art. Some of the biggest names in the contemporary Indonesian art scene are represented here, including Zam Kamil, Qayan Sudiarta, Suharmanto, Rudi Mukahar, Wayan Sujana (aka Suklu), and many others.
Dynasties Antique and Art Gallery houses upwards of 10,000 works of art collected by the organization that effectively pioneered the high-price private art market in Singapore. Play it safe and leave your checkbook at home.