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Arthouse: Artist's impressions of the National Gallery Singapore facade and a section of the South-east Asia Gallery (above). The latter was a courtroom in its previous incarnation, and most of the furniture will be conserved as part of the gallery space.

Home of SE Asian art, old and new

National Gallery Singapore eyes a leading role in the study and showcase of South-east Asia's artistic legacy, writes RACHEL LOI

WHEN the National Gallery Singapore opens next year, it will be a game changer - it will be the first institution to champion both the modern and contemporary visual art traditions of South-east Asia. Not only will it have two permanent galleries - one dedicated to Singapore art history and the