4 new must-sees at National Gallery Singapore

4 new must-sees at National Gallery Singapore

Don’t miss National Gallery Singapore’s newest exhibition, featuring the works of internationally renowned British artist, Antony Gormley.

Exploring the relationship between the human body and space, the exhibition showcases sculptures, large-scale interactive installations, and public artworks at site-specific locations throughout the Gallery.

The free exhibition, which is on until 30 Oct, traces four decades of Gormley’s work and invites visitors to reimagine their relationship with the surrounding space. 

Here are four not-to-be-missed exhibits when visiting the Gallery:

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Check out this sculpture cast from the artist’s body in solid iron, which takes an unusual position at the UOB City Hall Courtyard. Lying face-down on the floor, the sculpture weighs 7.5 times the mass of an average human and takes the form of a man hugging the ground. The work draws visitors’ attention to ideas such as stillness and movement and invites them to reflect on the connection between space and time.


Antony Gormley, Sense (1991) for Antony Gormley at National Gallery Singapore, 2021

Don’t miss this minimalistic sculpture located at the UOB Southeast Asia Gallery that represents the human form as a void or absence compressed within a concrete cube. The cube features the impressions of two palms and the top of a head as if someone has bowed down into it – suggesting a continuum between human consciousness and the world that surrounds us. It demonstrates the artist’s long-standing exploration of the body as an architectural unit, using a material that is ubiquitous in the construction of cities everywhere.


Antony Gormley, FERMENT (2007) for Antony Gormley at National Gallery Singapore, 2021

While you are at the Gallery, don’t forget to look up. This complex life-sized figure, suspended above the iconic staircases at the Supreme Court Foyer, presents the human body as a dynamic energy field. Inspired by frothing bubbles, this hanging installation made of stainless steel bars is captured in mid-motion, and the figure seems to be either emerging from or disappearing into this mass of irregular geometric polygonal shapes.

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Antony Gormley, Horizon Field Singapore (2021). Ng Teng Fong Roof Garden Commission at National Gallery Singapore

Situated on the Ng Teng Fong Roof Garden, this outdoor installation invites visitors to walk through a vast matrix of coiling aluminium rings, making our bodies a part of the work as we twist and turn our posture to select the route of our choosing. The participatory experience of stepping through the almost five-metre tall installation intensifies our awareness through its continually shifting dynamic between our bodies, the material, and space.

Learn more about Antony Gormley here.

(Photos: Claudio Chock for the A List)

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