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NUS Museum, NUS Centre For the Arts
Singapore, Singapore
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Country Singapore Website www.nus.edu.sg/museums About Us Established in 1997, the NUS Museum is aligned to the broad directions of the University and aims to contribute to and facilitate the production of knowledge and its reception. The museum focuses on Asian regional art and culture and through its collection and exhibition practices, synergises the visual arts with other academic disciplines keeping in sight enterprise development through internal and external partnerships. The Museum has three main collections comprising over 7,000 artworks and artefacts. These are the Lee Kong Chian Art Museum collection, The Ng Eng Teng collection and the South and Southeast Asian Collection. The Lee Kong Chian Art Museum is named after the first Chancellor of the former University of Singapore, Dato Lee Kong Chian. With close to 4,000 pieces of ceramics, paintings and calligraphy, archaic jade, bronze and sculptures, this collection is valuable for understanding the rich and diverse culture of China. Established in 1970 with a grant from the Lee Foundation set up by Dato Lee Kong Chian, the museum was originally located at the former Nanyang University. In 1980, with the merger of the University of Singapore and Nanyang University, the museum came under the management of the National University of Singapore. The Ng Eng Teng collection represents the most comprehensive collection of works by a single artist in Singapore. The late artist and cultural medallion winner Ng Eng Teng made three donations to the university totalling 1,147 drawings, sculptures, figurines and pottery. A selection of works that span over four decades of artistic creations is displayed in the Ng Eng Teng gallery making it a vital centre for the study of Singapore art. Initiated as a teaching resource in 1955, the South and Southeast Asian collection comprises paintings, classical and modern sculptures, textiles and ceramics. The collection is well represented by works of pioneer Malayan artists such as Chen Wen Hsi, Cheong Soo Pieng and Liu Kang as well as early works of 2nd generation Singapore and Malaysian artists. Hindu and Buddhist classical sculptures, Southeast Asian ceramics and textiles and Chinese trade ceramics complete the collection. Selections from this collection are displayed in the South and Southeast Asian Gallery. A new exhibition space, the NX gallery, was opened in April 2006. Conceived as a venue for hosting fast-paced exhibitions, this gallery hosts a wide range of shows incorporating visual, literary and performing art elements.

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Address
50 Kent Ridge Cresecent 
City
Singapore
Country
Singapore 
Website
http://www.nus.edu.sg/museum/
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Devika Murugaya 

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