With museums yet to fully open after the coronavirus lockdown, Pangzi was surprised to learn that I was taking him to Gallery 1819 in the Tan Boon Liat Building.
“How to practise social distancing in an enclosed gallery full of people?” he asked.
“Don’t worry, nobody knows Tan Boon Liat. We’ll have the place all to ourselves,” I assured him.
“But I know Tan Boon Liat! He’s the brother of Tan Kah Kee. They make furniture together!” he said.
”That’s so untrue. Where did you hear that?” I said. “Anyway this factory building now houses over 10 floors of cool shops. Gallery 1819 is just one of them.”
“Yes, I think they manufacture things here last time.”
“Any toy shops?”
“Now they mainly sell furniture and other products for home improvement, but let’s stay focussed on Gallery 1819.”
“Gallery 1819 is right beside LivingwithArt which sells affordable art pieces for homeowners. I guess they go hand in hand.” I hazarded.
Gallery 1819 is quite a new addition to the art scene in Singapore. It features contemporary art from Southeast Asia, and some of the pieces are as quirky as the factory building it is in.
And I was dead wrong about the crowd.
The place was very much alive, despite being located in the middle of nowhere along Outram Road.
We were the ones late to the party.
They were not cheap.
If only he knew.
We were here: