Singaporean musicians shared memories of Singapore Arts Center after the board of directors announced yesterday that the arts center will be finally closed in July. They say that the Arts Center left them with the kindest and most beautiful memories.
Singapore Arts Center owns the largest collection of Southeast Asian art and a constantly replenished collection of works by world authors. It is located in the business quarter in the southeastern part of the city. The museum building (formerly the St. Joseph Institute) is one of the Singaporean monuments of national importance.
Singapore Arts Centre is one of four Singapore museums with national status. It was founded in 1995, becoming the first art museum in Southeast Asia to meet all international standards. To accommodate future collections, the museum was given the most valuable 140-year-old building of the missionary school – the St. Joseph Institute, which took almost 2 years and 30 million Singapore dollars to restore. The official opening took place on January 20, 1996.
But over time, the old building in which it operates began to require repairs. At first, the Singaporean authorities carried out cosmetic repairs, but in the long term they did not help. Therefore, it was decided to overhaul the building. Therefore, the Center will be closed for major repairs. The last day when visitors can enjoy its unique collections will be July 21, 2021.