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05 Unexpected Fun Facts About the National Gallery Singapore You Have to See for Yourself - For the art enthusiasts!

The National Gallery of Singapore is a world-renowned art museum with almost 9,000 artefacts. It houses the largest collection of both Singaporean as well as Southeast Asian art. Here are some things to keep an eye out for when visiting the gallery!


The Ceiling Panel is Essentially a Pool

This phenomenon is something you might miss if you plan to visit The National Gallery Singapore in the late evenings. The City Hall Wing's ceilings are essentially ponds from the rooftop garden. They aren't just a lovely sight to witness while enjoying a leisurely stroll through the manicured gardens, but they also serve as the wing's skylights, allowing only natural light to pass through them. You can see a variety of shadows in the courtyards below formed by bright lights, which are shown through the clear waters and glass above. If you would like to find accommodation close to the National Gallery Singapore, then check out a City Hall Hotel in Singapore the likes of Grand Park City Hall.


The Original Art That Appears on the $50 Bills Is Housed in the Gallery

Yes, most of us are more preoccupied with what we can do with our $50 bills rather than being concerned with the very fine details on the notes. And that's really fine. However, when you head to the gallery you will get to know that the artwork you are admiring has been sitting on your $50 bill this whole time. This is sure to astound you! In 1978, the artwork 'Drying Salted Fish' was curated, depicting a daily routine that was common in Southeast Asian culture. In 1999, a fresh batch of $50 notes with the image was released.


...and the Unfinished Work of Art That Will Forever Be Veiled in Mystery

The painting titled "National Language Class" would tell us a lot about Singapore's turbulent times back in the year 1959, but the gallery label will neatly leave out one detail: the shadowy mass hovering behind the teacher. The curator claims that this work was purposefully left unfinished. People are speculating that this was a spirit haunting the classrooms or that this artist, Chua Mia Tee, was enraged and angrily deleted someone from the picture.


Take a Trip Back in Time with the DBS Singapore Gallery

DBS is well-known in Singapore, but did you know that it is a big supporter of the arts and a significant sponsor of this gallery? DBS conveys the Singaporean story to the audience through fascinating visual arts with the 3 galleries that actually make the DBS Singapore Gallery. These galleries allow visitors to travel through time. You can also look more closely at significant moments in Singapore's history, with each concentrating on life throughout distinct periods in Singapore beginning in the 1900s. However, art isn't solely concerned with the past. There's also a contemporary collection with a few unique installations that will leave you speechless.


You Can Now Gain Entry to a Secret Library That Has Been Concealed from the Public at Large for Decades

The Rotunda Dome, now restored to its former splendour, was previously a law library reserved solely for judges and lawyers to do some undisturbed reading or serious research in order to crack a puzzling case. For privacy and little disruption, the tables were built in a circular arrangement. Each one of the sixteen columns completely align with those on the floor above. Also, the windows on the upper tier are perfectly aligned with the column spacings below.

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