Monday, October 19, 2009

Singapore Art Museum

A Darth Vader like figure, from the inside looking out. Series of small sculptures...

Stand in the middle of this portico or porch-like alcove, turn your back to statue and look up to see...

...this preserved pediment, circa 1852, when the building was built.

One of the two those palm trees set against the classical columns and the old fountain.
One of the stations of the cross in the former chapel.

And this is the facade of the Singapore Art Museum at 71 Bras Basah Rd. It occupies the former St Joseph's Institution, a Catholic boys secondary school that has moved on to Malcolm Rd.

You can still see the school's name inscribed on that arch and that's the statue of St. John Baptist de la Salle, the founder of the Christian Brothers Schools, that you first saw from his black robed back.

Finally, an Oriental maiden with an Apple notebook, one of a few such maidens lending a touch of whimsy on art and technology on the wall of the reception area of the museum. The museum showcases travelling art collections.

That's my World


  1. What a beautiful old building! And your shots are terrific, Irene! Such a great and interesting tour! Thanks!

    Have a great week!


  2. I really like it that Singapore is really making an effort to preserve old buildings and then, use them well. I wish we do the same effort in my country. My world entry is up too.

  3. looks like a nice place to visit. thanks for sharing.

  4. I love art museums, and this one looks terrific. The floor in the first picture struck me as really beautiful as well as the curry-colored walls in a later photo. Nice post!

  5. Hi Irene that isnt a statue of St. Joseph's at the old SJI. Its St. John Baptist de la Salle, the founder of the Christian Brothers Schools, of which SJI is a part of.

  6. Rajesh, thanks so much for the correction.

  7. No problem irene :) maybe you want to feature another Christian Brothers School, St. Patricks, over in Katong. It was built in 1933 and has had couple of extentions since but is still beautifully maintained.


Great to see you ~Irene