Housed within the Gallery's Rotunda, located at the heart of the UOB Southeast Asia Gallery, it is a site of historical importance and now serves as a research hub for the study of art history in Singapore and Southeast Asia.
No prior appointments need to be made or admission tickets need to be purchased to enter the Rotunda Library & Archive. However, users must register at the counter to access the collection.
National Gallery Singapore was established in 2015 as a leading visual arts institution overseeing the world’s largest public collection of Singapore and Southeast Asian modern and contemporary art. Guided by its curatorial vision to present the art histories of Singapore and Southeast Asia; reflexively (re)write the art histories of Singapore and Southeast Asia; and examine these art histories in relation to the global history of art, the Gallery has developed a significant collection of artists’ archives and a reference library focusing on Singapore and Southeast Asian art.
The Gallery’s Rotunda, located at the heart of the UOB Southeast Asia Gallery (Level 3, Supreme Court Wing), is a site of historical importance. During the building’s former life as the Supreme Court of Singapore, the Rotunda served as the Law Library. Housed in this historical space, the Rotunda Library & Archive extends the memory of this site while serving a new function as a research hub for the study of art history in Southeast Asia.
The Rotunda Library & Archive aims to be a leading library housing one of the world’s most comprehensive collections of Singapore and Southeast Asian art-historical resources from the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries.
Their collection currently holds over 20,000 physical and digital items, including rare publications, exhibition catalogues, ephemera and digital archives, made possible through generous donations, publication exchanges with various art institutions in the region, and partnerships with the estates of Southeast Asian modern art pioneers, such as Georgette Chen and Lim Hak Tai (Singapore), S. Sudjojono (Indonesia) and Kalaw Ledesma Foundation (the Philippines).
Most archival acquisitions are conducted through loans or donations from the archives’ owners (artists, artists’ families, estates and art communities). The Library & Archive preserves the donated physical archives and digitises loaned archives.
A large selection of materials in their Library & Archive collection is searchable here (You will be redirected to their Collections Search Portal). Due to copyright restrictions and levels of permission from the archive owners, some items are only available for viewing onsite. You can view these items in the Collections Search Portal with our digital viewing facility at the Gallery’s Rotunda Library & Archive.
Master Chef Chan Kung Lai brings more than 20 years of culinary experience to his present designation as Master Chef of Yàn. Born and raised in Hong Kong, the cradle and epitome of haute Cantonese cuisine, he believes that a good balance of wok hei – the unique fresh-out-of-the-wok flavour – is the soul of a dish, as well as the key to differentiation between good and exceptional Cantonese food.
With a mind of a true culinary artist, Master Chef Chan reveals that cooking is best compared with creating an art piece. Inspiration, time and all of one’s senses are required in order to visualise creations and to keep up with diners’ evolving expectations for exceptional food.
Violet Oon’s unabashed love for and knowledge of the Peranakan culinary delights and culture of Singapore has manifested into cookbooks, Violet Oon Singapore, and, more recently, National Kitchen at the National Gallery.
Peranakans didn’t shy away from colour and were known for their intricate or opulent decorations and you’ll definitely see hints of this philosophy in National Kitchen. Decadent dark panels and mirrored walls are lit up by elegant wall sconces whilst references to the Peranakan way of life are peppered throughout the space. Rattan ceiling fans, distinctive tiles, and typical Singaporean foliage like palm leaves and orchids are just a few of the touches that make National Kitchen special.
The food is an excellent introduction into some of the more famous Peranakan dishes like Sambal Timun Nanas (pineapple and cucumber with chillies, onions and lightly sweet rice vinegar), Kiam Chye Ark Thng (soup of duck with salted mustard greens and a hint of spice chillies), and Buah Keluak Ayam (a stew of tangy chicken and the traditional buah keluak nuts). National Kitchen has also opened its menu’s borders a little, offering other cultural favourites like Eurasian Beef Brisket Semor and Hakka Abacus Beads.
A progressive retail and F&B destination with a bookstore, café, cafeteria, bar and store in a continuous space, Gallery & Co. is housed within the historic City Hall wing of the National Gallery Singapore.
Distinctly Asian yet possessing a global perspective, it is a unique platform spanning art, design, culture, F&B and retail, to inspire curiosity and a sense of discovery. Through projects that respect craft, creativity and the creative process, Gallery & Co. espouses an artful way of living.
Comprising Singaporean industry leaders Loh Lik Peng (Unlisted Collection), Yah-Leng Yu and Arthur Chin (Foreign Policy Design), as well as Alwyn Chong (Luxasia), & Co. is a collective with a shared vision to create interdisciplinary concepts that promote cross-cultural dialogues.
Smoke & Mirrors is a destination rooftop bar atop one of Singapore’s most historically and culturally significant icons. The unblocked panoramic view of the Padang and Marina Bay is reason enough to visit.
Upon entering, one will be floored by the stunning sculptural bar, anchoring the space which is designed to allow for the seamless transition between the indoors and outdoors.
With plenty of woods, copper tones and warm lighting, the bar exudes a magnetic intimacy. The service reflects this persona too; discreet and engaging.
Experience modern Indian cuisine with an innovative interpretation by renowned Chef Patron Abhijit Saha. Saha’s menu offers an array of eclectic flavours originating from the rich culinary tapestry of various Indian regions, recreated with a twist.
SAHA by award-winning Chef Abhijit Saha presents Regional Indian cuisine with modern techniques of avant-garde gastronomy and international aesthetics.
Aura is a vibrant all-day dining destination featuring a 90-seater Italian Restaurant and a sprawling 200-seater rooftop Sky Lounge overlooking the spectacular skyline of Marina Bay.
Brilliantly highlighted in rich hues of polished brass and bronze, Aura Restaurant is a disarming blend of energy and elegance. Treating diners to classic Italian cuisine and a world-class contemporary dining experience, the menu is an extensive expression of Italian creativity, showcasing a variety of antipasto, pastas and wholesome mains that features the finest, freshest ingredients from the land and sea.
Aura Sky Lounge moves from day to night with its lunch and hi-tea options in the afternoons, and become the ultimate rooftop bar with superb happy hours in the evenings, including Raw Bar, a sumptuous free flow buffet of hearty roasted vegetables and specialties inspired by the conscious Mediterranean diet, Hi-Tea Set and Lounge Bar, for after-hour drinks and deluxe bar grub, reimagined extravagantly at accessible prices.