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Coronet Inside Out: National Gallery Singapore

(This is a past event and is no longer running)

For Coronet Inside Out, National Gallery Singapore have shared a short film about their online series Art + Live.


Redefining In Situ: Art + Live

The Covid-19 pandemic and the enforced lockdowns around the world have transformed the notion of site-specificity. At National Gallery Singapore, site-specific programmes in collaboration with artists from the fields of dance, music, theatre, literature, new media and performance had to be radically re-imagined.

The Artistic Programmes team piloted an online series, Art + Live. It comprised three programmes—Resonates With, An Ekphrastic Series and A Somatic Series, each inviting artists to respond to works in the Gallery’s collection through music, literature and movement. The connection between artist and audience was now mediated by a screen, and artists were challenged to engage audiences without being able to observe their direct reactions or receive feedback.

While this style of programming might have developed out of a need to adapt to the pandemic, it provided us a chance to open up new ways of engaging audiences beyond our immediate physical environment, and explore a different format of working with international artists.



Artistic Programmes: Vanini Belarmino, Maria Khoo Joseph, Lim Sin Hui, Nathaniel Mah, Nurdiana Rahmat
Director, Audience Development and Engagement: Suenne Megan Tan
Edited by Joseph Pe
Music by Chris Zabriskie | Preludes | 14 Prelude No. 14
Sogno Agitato by Livio Amato


About Artistic pROGRAMMES

Audience empowerment is at the heart of the National Gallery Singapore’s  artistic programming. Artistic programmes harness the power of storytelling to humanise artworks through presentations of interdisciplinary interventions, site-specific performances, and happenings. We collaborate with artists in the fields of dance, music, theatre, literature, new media and visual arts to offer unexpected encounters for our audiences. We create spaces and opportunities for visitors to discover different ways of seeing, experiencing and exploring our long-term and special exhibitions.


About National Gallery Singapore

National Gallery Singapore is a leading visual arts institution which oversees the world’s largest public collection of Singapore and Southeast Asian modern art. Situated at the birthplace of modern Singapore, in the heart of the Civic District, the Gallery is housed in two national monuments—City Hall and former Supreme Court—that have been beautifully restored and transformed into this exciting 64,000 square metres venue. Reflecting Singapore’s unique heritage and geographical location, the Gallery aims to be a progressive museum that creates dialogues between the art of Singapore, Southeast Asia and the world to foster and inspire a creative and inclusive society. This is reflected in our collaborative research, education, long-term and special exhibitions, and innovative programming. The Gallery also works with international museums such as Centre Pompidou, Musée d’Orsay, Tate Britain, National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo (MOMAT) and National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Korea (MMCA), to jointly present Southeast Asian art in the global context, positioning Singapore as a key node in the global visual arts scene.


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Archival Materials

Lynn Lu, Be Afraid of Only Standing Still (A Variation), August 2017.

Susan Sentler, Roof response to Dahn Vo, September 2017. An in situ performance in response to the Ng Teng Fong Roof Garden Commission: Dahn Vo.

Vivan Wang and Cyril Wong, Things to bring on a boat to nowhere and everywhere, November 2017. An in situ performance in response to the Ng Teng Fong Roof Garden Commission: Dahn Vo.

Lee Mingwei, Sonic Blossom, January 2018.

Ayumi Paul, We Are We, January 2018.

Rizman Putra, We Dance Alone: The Undefined Sphere, July 2018.

Tal Hadad, Recital for Masseur, January 2019.

Margaret Leng Tan, Minimalism Redux, January 2019.

Liz Santoro and Pierre Godard, Learning, with T.H.E. Company and T.H.E. Second Company, March 2019.

Sue Kim, Soodong Jung, Ji Hye Chung, Junbo, Jaehoon Kim and Chad Park, Happenings at Disappearance, Bar in the Gallery, June 2019. An in-situ performance in response to Disappearance, Bar in the Gallery (1973) by Lee Kang-So.

Vincent Yong, Somatic Series, August 2019.

INTER–MISSION, Life Circuit I/0, August 2019. Staged in conjunction Disappearance, Bar in the Gallery (1973) by Lee Kang-So. An in-situ performance in response to Disappearance, Bar in the Gallery (1973) by Lee Kang-So.

Jecko Siompo, Animal Pop, September 2019.

Robert Casteels, Pictures at an (SG) Exhibition, October 2019 & April 2020.

Jos Maceda, Cassettes 100, a restaging directed by Jonas Baes and choreographed by Elizabeth de Roza, November 2019.

Cake Theatre, in this new world: a presentation of Madeleine Lee’s regarding, directed by Natalie Hennedige, March 2020.

Vincent Yong, Art + Live | Somatic Series, May 2020.

Roberto Alvarez & Hunter Mah, Art + Live | Resonates With, May 2020.

Diana Rahim, Art + Live | An Ekphrastic Series, May 2020.

AJ Low, Art + Live | An Ekphrastic Series, June 2020.

National Gallery Singapore, Re-opening Video, June 2020.

Albert Tiu, Art + Live | Resonates With, June 2020.

BL Duo, Art + Live | Resonates With, 2020.

Nabilah Said, Art + Live | An Ekphrastic Series, July 2020.

Lynnette Seah, Art + Live | Resonates With, August 2020.

Ng Chor Guan, Art + Live | Resonates With, September 2020.

Norah Lea, Sekali Lagi, September 2020.

Kray Chen’s adaptation of Kuo Pao Kun’s Descendants of the Eunuch Admiral, October 2020. An in situ performance in response to the Ng Teng Fong Roof Garden Commission: Cao Fei.

Jia Lim, Art + Live | Resonates With, October 2020.

Cheyenne Alexandria Phillips, Art + Live | An Ekphrastic Series, July 2020.

Nita Aartsen, Art + Live | Resonates With, November 2020.

Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music, Art + Live | Resonates With, November 2020.

Tini Aliman, Pokoknya (3rd iteration), December 2020.

Coke Bolipata with Pundaquit Virtuosi, Art + Live | Resonates With, December 2020.