SMU Art Collection

The SMU Art Collection is an integral part of the cultural and intellectual life on campus. It enlivens SMU’s city campus and encourages lively discourse on aesthetics, history and socio-political issues on SMU Campus and beyond.

The Collection comprises artworks in SMU’s permanent collection and those on loan. The Collection reflects SMU’s vision as a global-city university in Asia with its mix of Singapore, Southeast Asia and international modern and contemporary artworks. SMU wishes to recognise the generosity and commitment of donors, artists and supporters who have made the SMU Art Collection possible.

The Collection is on display at various locations on campus. Here are highlights from the SMU Art Collection at a glance:

Administration Building

Artworks on display includes Ian Woo’s The Lock (2000), Indra Leonardi’s Indonesian Portraits series, Nasirun’s Chair of the Punakawan (2008), and many more.

Image: Ian Woo, The Lock, 2000, acrylic on linen, 160 x 170 cm

School of Accountancy

Artworks on display includes historical artefacts from the Sum Yee Loong Collection.

Campus Green


Artworks on display includes Bernar Venet’s 97.5° Arc x 8 (2004), Bill Woodrow’s Sitting on History I (2003), and Tan Swie Hian’s ASEAN 50 Commemorative Sculpture (2017).

Image: Bernar Venet, 97.5° Arc x 8 , 2004, corten steel, 245 x 215 x 750 cm

School of Economics

Artworks on display includes the Pacita Abad Collection.

Li Ka Shing Library

Artworks on display includes the Thukhuma Collection @ Library, Ho Chee Lick’s Symphony No. 4 (2008-2009), and Entang Wiharso’s The Story of Super Hero and the Black Goat II (2008).

More information on the Thukhuma Collection and contemporary Myanmar art is available on

Image: Shwe Thein, Rakhine Sailboats, 2014, acrylic on canvas, 121 x 181 cm

School of Social Sciences

Artworks on display includes the Thukhuma Collection @ SOSS.

More information on the Thukhuma Collection and contemporary Myanmar art is available on

Image: Thar Tint Htet, Untitled, 2004, watercolour on paper, 28 x 38 cm

Lee Kong Chian School of Business

Artworks on display includes Chua Ek Kay’s Street Scenes Collection.

Image: Chua Ek Kay, Street Scene at Jalan Sultan, 1997, ink and colour on paper, 97 x 91 cm


Visit art@level4 at Li Ka Shing library to see an exhibition featuring selected artworks from the SMU Art Collection. 
For more information on art@level4 and the exhibition, click here.

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