Gallery & Co in Singapore is the new-style museum store we like to see in every cool museum around the world. On a location formerly home to the Supreme Court and City Hall, The National Gallery of Singapore opened in 2015 and already has the largest collection of art from Southeast Asia. Apart from the exhibitions – Yayoi Kusama’s exhibition ‘Life is the heart of the Rainbow’ opened last week – the building houses several restaurants, including Odette, a high-end restaurant of French chef Julian Royer.
Eating is our National Sport
Gallery & Co was established in collaboration with Singapore’s best brands (hence the name & Co). Such as Foreign Policy Design (for branding, design and interior), Loh Lik Peng of the Unlisted Collection (for food and beverages) and Alwyn Chong of Luxasia (for retail). A true dream team. The products make you greedy. From a tea towel saying ‘Yes. You could say that eating is our national sport’ to an eraser with the text ‘artist block’. In the bar with furniture designed by Nathan Yong, you can have a homemade cocktail, but don’t forget to try some dishes on the menu. You’ll find salads and poke bowls on it, but the lemongrass ribs are favorite because of the tenderness.
Terrace with a view
New is their stunning outside terrace named the Papaya Paddling Club which has an outstanding view over the cricket field of the Singapore Cricket Club and behind that the famous Marina Bay Sands. It’s already the place to go to for a drink with a view in Singapore.
Polkadots and pumpkins
Also I like to draw some attention to the museum shop collection. After you visited the exhibition it’s always possible to buy a book or a postcard of the artist’s work. But at Gallery & Co they take it one step further. They design a small collection with artist goodies you definitely like to have. Especially now the Yayoi Kusama exhibition just opened you can find polkadots and pumpkins everywhere. The best museum souvenir ever. And super exclusive too!
Check it out: www.galleryand.co
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