In Singapore, artworks by Pablo Picasso and more are hidden in plain sight

Jan 31, 2018

What do Pablo Picasso, Yayoi Kusama and Anish Kapoor have in common? Their artworks, along with those of other renowned artists, can be found in Singapore.

 Dancing Girl by Lim Nang Seng, Tiong Bahru estate

dancing girl statue lim nan seng tiong bahru estate

The rather abstract-looking sculpture (Seng Poh Road) of a girl dancing joyfully, created in just two weeks, has been a central feature of the hip housing estate for 45 years. Installed in 1972, it was made by Sarawak-born sculptor Lim Nang Seng, who also crafted the two original Merlion statues at Merlion Park. Lim was commissioned by Ch’ng Jit Koon, then a Member of Parliament for Tiong Bahru, who wanted the 1.2m-tall concrete piece ready in time for the official launch of Seng Poh Garden.

Toros series by Pablo Picasso, The St Regis Singapore

toros series pablo picasso st regis singapore

Created by the master himself, this series of 10 lithographs decorating the walls of the hotel’s Astor Bar revolves around the art of bullfighting. Named after John Jacob Astor IV, the hotel’s founder, the bar – and the art – brings you back in time to the days of jazz and Picasso’s stay in Paris; be sure to order a Chilli Padi Mary, a local homage to the Bloody Mary believed by most to have been invented at The St Regis New York. For a self-guided art tour of the hotel, borrow an iPod from the concierge; you don’t even have to be a guest there.

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Let’s Go To A Paradise Of Glorious Tulips by Yayoi Kusama, Orchard Central

let's go to a paradise of glorious tulips yayoi kusama orchard central

The Japanese conceptual artist in her late 80s is the current darling of the contemporary art world. Though her exhibition’s run at National Gallery Singapore recently ended, you can still admire her work here, for free. This cheery cluster of sculptures stands on the rooftop garden of downtown mall Orchard Central. Installed in 2009, the figures are covered in Kusama’s trademark polka dots, a process she calls obliteration.