What's In My Portfolio: Chong Siak Ching

Photo by Chino Sardea
Shot on location at the National Gallery Singapore
17 Apr 2017

Chong Siak Ching became CEO of National Gallery Singapore in 2013; she was previously President and CEO of Ascendas.

In my previous role in Ascendas it was natural that my portfolio comprised real estate investments, properties and developments all across Asia.

But today I see my portfolio as my range of responsibilities at the gallery, which as you may know comprises 64,000sqm of space, of a historic monument that is dedicated to an art gallery, which in turn is dedicated to Singapore and Southeast Asian art.

My portfolio has kept me very busy over the last four years with activities that ranged from exhibitions to programs – visitor experience, fund-raising, and festivals – all of which have been really exciting and also very fulfilling.

We’ve just celebrated our one-year anniversary, which means that we’re a very young museum compared to the renowned international museums that we have been partnering with, such as the Tate, which is 120 years old, and Centre Pompidou, which is celebrating its 40th anniversary. You can say that we are just an infant child.

But as they say, Rome was not built in a day – a museum is not built in a year. There’s still so much for us to do, so much for us to learn, and so much for us to improve on.

National Gallery Singapore oversees over 8,000 works that chronicle the art history of Singapore and the region from the 19th-century to the present. Many of the artworks here are on public view for the first time. This comprehensive display includes loans from major museums, private institutions and collectors.