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In the three years since it opened, the Na­tional Gallery Sin­ga­pore has ce­mented its place as one of the most beloved cul­tural es­tab­lish­ments in the coun­try. Last Novem­ber, art lovers and col­lec­tors gath­ered at the award-win­ning mu­seum for its bi­en­nial fundraiser, the Na­tional Gallery Gala 2018. Dur­ing the cock­tail re­cep­tion at the Padang Atrium, guests pre­viewed in­stal­la­tions by artists Anish Kapoor and Tat­suo Miya­jima ahead of the open­ing of the Min­i­mal­ism: Space. Light. Ob­ject. ex­hi­bi­tion. Or­gan­ised by the Na­tional Gallery Sin­ga­pore, in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the Artscience Mu­seum, the ex­hi­bi­tion fea­tures more than 150 sem­i­nal works dis­played across the two venues, and is the largest show­case of min­i­mal­ist art in South­east Asia. The gala proper took place at the el­e­gant Supreme Court Ter­race, where guests decked in their min­i­mal­ist best feasted on a menu cre­ated by chefs Julien Royer of Odette

and Vi­o­let Oon of Na­tional Kitchen by Vi­o­let Oon. The evening was pep­pered with en­ter­tain­ment by Ja­panese mezzo-so­prano Seia Lee as well as rous­ing speeches, in­clud­ing one by the guest of hon­our, ed­u­ca­tion min­is­ter Ong Ye Kung. The evening’s high­light was the ex­hil­a­rat­ing live auc­tion, which saw a Yayoi Kusama art piece gar­ner five times the start­ing bid. In the end, the gen­eros­ity of both cor­po­rate spon­sors and art pa­trons helped raise over $1.6m, which will go to­wards fund­ing the Na­tional Gallery Sin­ga­pore’s myr­iad pro­grammes.

Clarinda Tjia-dhar­madi

Hsieh Fu Hua, Ong Ye Kung and Eu­gene Tan Kola Luu and Paige Parker

Choo Oi Yee, Hong Zhu An and Jazz Chong

Adam and Brit­tany Levin­son

Seia Lee

Guests pre­viewed the in­stal­la­tions by artists Anish Kapoor and Tat­suo Miya­jima (pic­tured) ahead of the open­ing of the block­buster ex­hi­bi­tion, Min­i­mal­ism: Space. Light. Ob­ject., which runs un­til April 14 ROOM FOR THOUGHT Robert Hu­ray, Cheryl Ong, Mon­ica Ru­fina and Us­manto Njo Lito and Kim Ca­ma­cho Chong Siak Ching

June Rin

Joanne Ho-wee and Heng Yeow Kwang

Mal­colm Tan and Ju­nie Foo

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