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100 Years of Singapore Art at SCCC

The 100 Years of Singapore Art exhibition at the Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre (SCCC) is a captivating showcase of Chinese paintings and calligraphic works by renowned Singaporean artists. Also known as the 100 Years Chinese Paintings as part of the Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre Cultural Extravaganza 2023.

Traditional "guo hua" Chinese paintings at 100 Years of Singapore Art at SCCC
Traditional “guo hua” Chinese paintings at 100 Years of Singapore Art at SCCC.

The centerpiece of the exhibition is a collection of 160 artworks sourced exclusively from Qiu Zhai Art Studio. Quizhai is Singapore based having his roots as a journalist, lover of the arts and avid collector of Chinese art. You start off in the gallery with three calligraphy pieces from the Chinese media group.

Qiu Zhai Art Studio introductions
Qiu Zhai Art Studio introductions.

100 Years Chinese Paintings

Also, this art exhibition is also made possible through a collaboration between Lianhe Zaobao and the SCCC. These diverse pieces encompass various mediums, including oils, pastels, watercolors, and Chinese inks. It provides for a comprehensive overview of the evolution of Singaporean art over the past century.

Gallery entrance introductions
Gallery entrance introductions.

Also, the exhibition celebrates the rich history and cultural significance of Chinese art in Singapore, bringing together both established masters and contemporary artists in a grand display of artistic talent.

Gallery grounds in the SCCC multi purpose hall on the building's 7th floor
Gallery grounds in the SCCC multi purpose hall on the building’s 7th floor.

Here, be captivated by its diverse collection of paintings and calligraphic works by esteemed local artists. The exhibition offers a comprehensive overview of Singaporean art history over the past century. The mix of modern and traditional art sees a remarkable convergence of artists from various generations over the past century. It features both pioneering masters and their contemporary counterparts. It truly magnifies the grandeur of local art history.

Nature paintings on traditional scroll paper
Nature paintings on traditional scroll paper.

One of the notable aspects of the exhibition is the inclusion of 21 paintings and calligraphy pieces from local Chinese newspaper Lianhe Zaobao’s private collection, and generously contributed by esteemed local art masters. It adds another layer of depth and significance to the exhibition, further emphasizing its importance in the centennial celebrations.

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Media group
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Scenery and wildlife paintings
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Hanging scrolls

Showcase of local art pinoeers

The exhibition features iconic works by renowned artists such as Georgette Chen, Liu Kang, and Chua Mia Tee. This is through scenery and still life pieces depicting iconic scenes of Singapore, both old and new.

Chua Mia Tee's painting of Boat Quay and the Singapore River.
Chua Mia Tee’s painting of Boat Quay and the Singapore River.

Notably, Chua Mia Tee’s painting of Chess game and Boat Quay and the Singapore River captures the bustling atmosphere of cranes loading goods from boats along the river dock loading areas, transporting you to a bygone era.

Chua Mia Tee chess game painting. Capturing an old scene from 1979
Chua Mia Tee chess game painting. Capturing an old scene from 1979.
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Vast galleries
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Calligraphy works
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Tiger family

Moreover, the layout of the exhibition creates an open and spacious environment, with five aisles running lengthwise in the SCCC’s multi-purpose hall. The artworks are thoughtfully arranged. Here, more prominent pieces placed along the main center aisle, drawing your attention to their artistic significance.

Highlight pieces on the gallery central aisle
Highlight pieces on the gallery central aisle.

Also, the exhibition encompasses art dating back to the 1920s, providing a glimpse into Singapore’s rich artistic heritage. Alongside the traditional pieces, there are also contemporary works, including abstract art and batik pieces that draw inspiration from Southeast Asian artistic traditions.

Batik works, a style drawing inspiration from Southeast Asian artistic traditions
Batik works, a style drawing inspiration from Southeast Asian artistic traditions.
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Newer additions
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Modern incarnations
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Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre hall

All in all, that wraps up our exploration of the 100 Years of Singapore Art (Cultural Extravaganza 2023) at the Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre. Entry is free and is worth a visit for art enthusiasts. Or for those interested in exploring Singapore’s vibrant art scene or if are just in the neighborhood checking out the museum’s own Singapo interactive permanent exhibition too.

It is a testament to the rich cultural heritage of Chinese art in Singapore and serves as a remarkable tribute to the creativity and talent of Singaporean artists. The event runs from Jun 02, 2023 – Jul 16, 2023, with the galleries are open daily from 10am- 6pm.

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