Singapore Art Museum organised the Singapore Biennale for the first time, which featured 161 works by 63 artists from over 30 countries in its third edition.
The most popular NHB exhibition – Terracotta Warriors: The First Emperor & His Legacy
From 24 June to 16 October 2011, Asian Civilisations Museum brought the Terracotta Army along with other magnificent Han and Qin objects to Southeast Asia for the first time. The exhibition was co-organised by the Asian Civilisations Museum, the Shaanxi Provincial Cultural Relics Bureau and the Shaanxi Cultural Heritage Promotion Center. More than 170,000 visitors – the most visited exhibition to date – saw the exhibition and learned about early China’s rich cultural legacy through stories about the First Emperor, his unification of China, and his monumental burial complex.
Groundbreaking ceremony of the National Art Gallery, Singapore
The groundbreaking ceremony of the National Art Gallery, Singapore, took place on 27 January 2011. Slated to open in 2015, the Gallery will be a leading cultural destination in Singapore for both locals and tourists alike.
Re-opening of the Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall
Following a year of redevelopment, the revamped Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall re-opened on 8 October 2011. The refurbished memorial hall offers visitors insights into the lives of Dr Sun Yat Sen’s local supporters, as well as highlights the pivotal role that Singapore and Nanyang played in the success of the 1911 Revolution.
Launch of Ang Mo Kio Heritage Trail
The Ang Mo Kio Heritage Trail was launched by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and the Ang Mo Kio Group Representation Constituency Advisors in conjunction with Singapore HeritageFest 2011. It was created in partnership with grassroots organisations, schools, long-time residents, business owners in Ang Mo Kio, as well as Members of Parliament.
The collaboration with the community stakeholders allowed NHB to weave personal memories and stories into the trail’s markers and brochure, thus documenting the rich history and heritage of one of Singapore’s oldest towns.