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Visit to the new Botanical Art Gallery curated by an Italian researcher

Date:

04/29/2021


Visit to the new Botanical Art Gallery curated by an Italian researcher

The Singapore Botanic Gardens are the third botanic gardens to be included in the UNESCO World Heritage List, after London's Kew Gardens and the Padua Botanic Gardens.

A new area (Gallop Extension) has recently been inaugurated which increases its surface area by about 10%. In this new area there are also valuable historic buildings (Houses n.5 and n.7), in the characteristic black and white style of the late 1800s and early 1900s, which have recently been restored and used for exhibition spaces: the Botanical Art Gallery and the Forest Discovery Center. In particular, the Botanical Art Gallery hosts temporary and permanent exhibitions, curated by the Italian botanist Michele Rodda of the National Parks Board, a scholar of plant taxonomy.

The exhibition was visited by the Italian Ambassador, Raffaele Langella, accompanied by the Italian Scientific Attaché, Nicola Bianchi. In the exhibition, there are currently about 100 exhibits of the approximately 2,000 watercolors and drawings of the botanical archives, some dating back to the eighteenth century.


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