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National Gallery Singapore - Awakenings: Art in Society and Asia 1960s - 1990s

This exhibition investigates how experimental artists acted as catalysts for change during some of Asia’s most turbulent decades. It spotlights artistic responses to major global events such as the Cold War, and explores how artists challenged political, social and artistic conventions.

Co-organised by National Gallery Singapore, the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Korea and the National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, and the Japan Foundation Asia Center, Awakenings draws connections across Asia through over 150 artworks by important artists from China, India, Japan, Taiwan, Korea, Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, the Philippines, Myanmar, Thailand and Cambodia.

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14 June 2019, 9am

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14 June 2019, 10am



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Exhibition Admission Terms and Conditions

  • Concessionary tickets shall only be used by those who satisfy the concessionary requirements.
  • Not for sale or exchange.
  • Non-refundable.
  • Void if altered.
  • This ticket admits one only; unauthorized duplicates will not be granted entry – if another ticket holder has already used this ticket or a copy of it, you must purchase a new ticket to gain admission.
  • The Gallery retains full discretion to grant or deny visitors entry into any exhibition.
  • The Gallery reserves the right to ask any person(s) to leave the premises due to unruly or objectionable conduct and behaviour.
  • The Gallery is not responsible for any loss, damage or personal injury sustained by the ticket holder. 
  • Ticket prices and condictions are subject to change without prior notice.
Only still photography (no flash) for non-commercial use is permitted.
No flash photography, Videography, use of selfie sticks, Tripods and Monopods is permitted in the galleries.

Please do not touch the artworks. 

Food and drink (including bottled water) are not permitted in the galleries.
Strollers are permitted in the galleries. Large strollers should be parked at the designated stroller parking area at Level 1.
Please store bulky items and bags larger than: 40cm (width) x 35cm (height) x 15cm (depth) in the Locker Room at B1
Pencil sketching is permitted in the galleries with sketchbooks no larger than 8 ½ x 11 inches (22 x 28cm).
Pen, eraser, charcoal, pastel, permanent markers, watercolour and oil paint are not permitted.
No easels or sketching while sitting on the floor is permitted.
All galleries and facilities are wheelchair accessible.
Standard-size motorised wheelchairs are permitted in the galleries.
Wheelchairs are available for loan at the Gallery
Speak in soft tones. Talking on mobile phones is not permitted in the galleries.
Roller shoes should not be worn in the galleries. 
The use of laser pointers is not allowed in the galleries.
There is no dress code for the Gallery.
The Gallery reserves the right to remove any person acting in an unacceptable manner.

This year's National Day Parade will take place at the Padang. We are proud and honoured to be the venue partner for the NDP 2019 celebrations! Due to rehearsals, previews and actual day requirements, there are some changes to our opening hours. Learn More


Admission tickets for the following dates can be purchased at Gallery's ticketing counter onsite:

6 & 7, 13 & 14, 20– 26, 29 - 31 July

1, 5 – 7 August


Opening Hours

The Gallery will be open as usual in July except for early closure (from 2:30pm) on 6, 13, 20 July 2019.


Full Day Closures

Full day closures in end July and early August:

27 & 28 July

2- 4, 8 – 10 August


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Event Date
Fri, 14 Jun 2019 - Sun, 15 Sep 2019

Sat - Thu: 10am - 7pm
Fri: 10am - 9pm

Ticket Pricing

Standard Adult: S$25
*Standard Concession: S$20

All Access Pass (Awakenings + General Admission)
Standard Adult: S$30
*Standard Concession: S$25
Local Adult: S$15
*Local Concession: S$10

Singaporeans and PRs are advised to purchase the All Access Pass with complimentary General Admission tickets.

*Concession applies to

  • Children aged 7-12
  • Seniors aged 60 and above
  • Full-time National Servicemen (NSF) excluding foreign personnel
  • Overseas students and teachers