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Exhibition displays from 16 Nov 2017–11 Mar 2018

Century of Light features two exhibitions, Colours of Impressionism: Masterpieces from the Musée d'Orsay and Between Worlds: Raden Saleh and Juan Luna, that demonstrate the range of painting styles and art movements that developed in 19th century Europe during the post-enlightenment period of innovation and change. Don't miss this rare opportunity to view masterpieces from leading European and American museums that have never been shown in the region before, alongside major paintings from Southeast Asian collections. 

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National Gallery Singapore - Exhibitions - Century Of Light - Colours Of Impressionism

COLOURS OF IMPRESSIONISM: MASTERPIECES FROM THE MUSÉE D’ORSAY

16 NOV 2017–11 MAR 2018

SINGTEL SPECIAL EXHIBITION GALLERY A & B

 

This exhibition tells the story of Impressionism through the colours that painters used at different stages in their careers. Taking us from the deep blacks of Manet's Spanish-influenced paintings, to the green and blue landscapes of Cézanne and Monet, and the soft pinks of Renoir's classical female figures, it traces the importance of colour to the Impressionists' radical reshaping of painting in the 19th century. 

 

Colours of Impressionism features over 60 masterpieces from the renowned collection of the Musée d’Orsay, Paris, including key works by Monet, Renoir, Manet, and Cézanne

 

SEE HIGHLIGHTS FROM COLOURS OF IMPRESSIONISM

 

National Gallery Singapore - Exhibitions - Century of Light - Between Worlds

BETWEEN WORLDS: RADEN SALEH & JUAN LUNA

16 NOV 2017–11 MAR 2018

SINGTEL SPECIAL EXHIBITION GALLERY C

 

Explore the extraordinary life stories of two artists who are considered national heroes in their home countries––Indonesian painter Raden Saleh (c.1811–1880) and Filipino painter Juan Luna (1857–1899). Drawing from important collections around the world, this landmark exhibition brings together more than 80 of their works for the first time.  

 

Between Worlds takes you through significant chapters of each artist’s journey, uncovering parallels and differences in their experiences, from their emergence as artists in Java and the Philippines; to their subsequent training and participation in artistic and social circles in Europe; and their later return to Southeast Asia. 

 

SEE HIGHLIGHTS FROM BETWEEN WORLDS

 


HIGHLIGHTS FROM COLOURS OF IMPRESSIONISM

Claude Monet. Le Bassin aux nymphéas, harmonie rose (Water Lily Pond, Pink Harmony)

National Gallery Singapore - Exhibitions - Monet - Le Bassin aux nymphéas, harmonie rose (Waterlily Pond, Pink Harmony)

 

1900. Oil on canvas. 90 x 100.5 cm. Bequest of Count Isaac de Camondo, 1911. RF 2005. Photo © RMN-Grand Palais (Musée d’Orsay)/Hervé Lewandowski.

 

 “My greatest masterpiece is my garden,” Monet once said.  When the artist moved to Giverny in 1883, he created a Japanese-style garden that is the subject of many of his most famous works. The interplay between its different elements—water, plants and bridge—inspired him to experiment with colour to create a harmonious composition. 

 
Auguste Renoir. Gabrielle à la rose (Gabrielle with a Rose)

National Gallery Singapore - Exhibitions - Century of Light - Renoir - Gabrielle à la rose (Gabrielle with a Rose)

 

1911. Oil on canvas. 55.5 x 47 cm. Gift of Philippe Gangnat in memory of his father Maurice Gangnat, 1925. RF 2491. Photo © RMN-Grand Palais (Musée d’Orsay)/Patrice Schmidt.

 

 A leading chronicler of the emerging Parisian middle-class, Auguste Renoir shifted his focus to painting rosy nudes and portraits in later life with works such as this that evoked a warm sensuality. Inspired by Renaissance and Baroque painters like Titian and Peter Paul Rubens, he moved away from the experiments of Impressionism towards a more classical approach to painting.

 
Paul Cézanne. Le Golfe de Marseille vu de L'Estaque (The Gulf of Marseilles Seen from L'Estaque)

National Gallery Singapore - Exhibitions - Century of Light - Cezanne - Le Golfe de Marseille vu de L'Estaque (The Gulf of Marseilles Seen from L'Estaque)

 

1878–1879. Oil on canvas. 59.5 x 73 cm. Bequest of Gustave Caillebotte, 1894. RF 2761. Photo © RMN-Grand Palais (Musée d’Orsay)/Thierry Le Mage.

 

Paul Cézanne was born in Provence and returned often to its landscapes in his art. The intense sunlight there led him to explore the definition of forms such as houses, roads and trees through light and shadow, depicting them as silhouettes and blocks. This distinctive style had a huge influence on Cubism.

 
Édouard Manet. Clair de lune sur le port de Boulogne (Moonlight over the Port of Boulogne)

National Gallery Singapore - Exhibitions - Century of Light - Manet - Clair de lune sur le port de Boulogne (Moonlight over the Port of Boulogne)

 

1869. Oil on canvas. 81.5 x 101 cm. Bequest of Count Isaac de Camondo, 1911. RF 1993. Photo © RMN-Grand Palais (Musée d’Orsay)/Hervé Lewandowski.

 

Considered the father of modern French painting, Édouard Manet was a pivotal figure in the transition from Realism to Impressionism. His masterful use of black was influenced by Spanish painters Francisco de Goya and Diego Velázquez. Here, his free brushwork captures the mysterious mood of the port of Boulogne at night, with the black silhouettes of the boats’ sails providing the focus for the scene.

 


HIGHLIGHTS FROM: BETWEEN WORLDS

Raden Saleh. Javanese Temple in RuinsNational Gallery Singapre - Exhibitions - Century Of Light - Raden Saleh - Javanese Temple in Ruins

 

1860. Oil on canvas. 105.2 x 187 cm. Gift of Mrs. Sally Burbank Swart. Collection of Smithsonian American Art Museum.

 

This is one of four Javanese landscapes that Raden Saleh was commissioned to paint in the late 1850s. It depicts the 9th century Buddhist temple of Mendut, located near the monumental Borobudur temple. The temple had only recently been excavated in 1835, after being buried in a mound of earth and ashes from the nearby Merapi volcano.

 

 
Juan Luna. España y Filipinas (Spain and the Philippines)

National Gallery Singapore - Exhibitions - Century Of Light - Juan Luna - España y Filipinas (Spain and the Philippines)

 

Left: 1884. Oil on canvas. 229.5 x 79.5 cm. Collection of National Gallery Singapore.

 

Right: c. 1888–1893. Oil on canvas. 249.3 x 79.5 cm. Collection of Lopez Museum and Library.

 

Luna made several different versions of this allegorical and idealised image of the relationship between Spain and the Philippines, two of which have been united in this exhibition. They were painted at a time of great change in their colonial relations, as Filipinos were appealing for reforms and Spain declined as a colonial power.

 
Raden Saleh. Wounded Lion

National Gallery Singapore - Exhibitions - Century of Light - Raden Saleh - Wounded Lion

 

c. 1838. Oil on canvas. 88 x 108.5 cm. Collection of National Gallery Singapore.

 

Raden Saleh was inspired to paint lions from animal shows he attended in The Hague and Haarlem in 1836 and 1837, performed by the famous French animal tamer Henri Martin. Having spent considerable time closely studying their anatomy, Raden Saleh went on to paint the dramatic Orientalist scenes he would be remembered for: horsemen attacking animals and fights between animals.

 

 
Juan Luna. Les Ignorés (The Unknown Ones), also known as Héroes Anónimos (Anonymous Heroes)National Gallery Singapore - Exhibitions - Century Of Light - Juan Luna - Les Ignorés (The Unknown Ones), also known as Héroes Anónimos (Anonymous Heroes)

 

1890–1891. Oil on canvas. 195 x 358 cm. Collection of Biblioteca Museu Víctor Balaguer, Vilanova I la Geltrú, Spain.

 

Featuring a funeral of an unknown and likely poor individual, Les Ignorés is Luna’s major surviving realist painting. Realism was a movement that began in France in the mid-1800s and emphasised the ordinary lives of the poor and working classes. It reflects Luna’s radical turn from historical scenes on which his reputation was founded.

 

 


 A Curator's Journey to Select Artworks for Between Worlds

 

To tell a comprehensive tale of the lives of Raden Saleh and Juan Luna, exhibition curators Russell Storer, Clarissa Chikiamco and Syed Muhammad Hafiz travelled around the world. They viewed works and negotiated loans from museums, private institutions and collections in Europe, the United States and Southeast Asia to present this major exhibition of their works, brought together for the very first time here in Singapore.

 

SEE THE CURATORS' JOURNEY HERE

 


TOURS

Tours | Curator-led Tours for Colours of Impressionism
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Curator-led tours are immersive tours conducted by Gallery curators who share insights on the exhibition's curatorial framework and anecdotes on displayed artworks. Registration is required and comes inclusive of a Special Exhibition Ticket. Please be at Visitor Services on Level B1 before the tour begins.

 

FRI 8 DEC 2017

7–8.15pm

$25

 

Led by Russell Storer (Deputy Director, Curatorial & Collections Department)

 


Tours | Curator-led Tours for Between Worlds
National Gallery Singapore - Century Of Light - Tours  

Curator-led tours are immersive tours conducted by Gallery curators who share insights on the exhibition's curatorial framework and anecdotes on displayed artworks. Registration is required and comes inclusive of a Special Exhibition Ticket. Please be at Visitor Services on Level B1 before the tour begins.

 

FRI 9 FEB 2018

7–8.15pm

$25

 

Led by a Gallery curator. Details to be announced.

 

FRI 9 MAR 2018

7–8.15pm

$25

 

Led by a Gallery curator. Details to be announced.

 


Tours | Daily Docent-Led Tours for Century of Light (Through 11 Mar 2018)
National Gallery Singapore - Century Of Light - Tours  

Docent-led tours offer visitors a guided experience through the exhibition. Please register at least 20 minutes before the tour begins at Visitor Services on Level B1. Registration is on a first come, first served basis.

 

ENGLISH

Daily | 2.30pm

Sat–Sun | 4pm

Free with Special Exhibition Ticket | 20 slots available per session

 

MANDARIN

Fri–Sun | 4.30pm

Free with Special Exhibition Ticket | 20 slots available per session

 

JAPANESE

Sat 25 Nov, 30 Dec, 27 Jan, 24 Feb | 11.30am

Free with Special Exhibition Ticket | 20 slots available per session

 


Tours | Self-Guided Tours
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Enjoy the exhibitions at your own pace through a rich and descriptive audio tour available on our Gallery Explorer App that is free to download.

 

New features in our latest update!

  • Scan Art: Learn more about the artworks featured in the Between Worlds: Raden Saleh and Juan Luna as well as Colours of Impressionism: Masterpieces from the Musée d’Orsay exhibitions. Look out for QR codes next to selected artworks and scan them with the Gallery Explorer app to access the content.
  • Hold to ear: You can enjoy the content in the audio guide by simply holding your phone next to your ear! No more fumbling with cables or having to worry about making loud noises within the galleries!

 

Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 devices are available for loan at Visitor Services on Level B1.

 

LEARN MORE ABOUT GALLERY EXPLORER

 


PROGRAMMES

Films
Heneral Luna by Jerrold Tarog  

 

SUN 18 FEB 2018

4–6.30pm (Cocktail reception starts at 3pm)

Free (Registration required)

City Hall Wing, Level B1, The Ngee Ann Kongsi Auditorium

 

Register here

 

Watch the trailer | Synopsis & Details

 

National Gallery Singapore and Embassy of the Philippines present the Singapore premiere of General Luna/Heneral Luna by Jerrold Tarog. This movie is inspired by Juan Luna's approach to light and shadow, as well as Spolarium - arguably the most well-known artwork in the Philippines and a painting of national significance.

 

This film programme will begin with a welcome address by Philippines Ambassador, Joseph Del Mar Yap, and end with a post-show Q&A with exhibition curator Clarissa Chikamco andfilm director, Jerrold Tarog.

 

Please note that doors will open at 3.45pm. For visitors without a confirmation email or invitation, admission will begin 5 minutes before the screening on a first come, first served basis as seats become available.

 


Kids & Families
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Visit the Education Station to create your own colourful landscape, or join a weekend art workshop or storytelling session that explores key themes of the exhibition. Visit our Kids & Families page for more information!

 

KIDS & FAMILIES

 


Talk | The Impressionists and Colour: Another History
National Gallery Singapore - Programmes - Talks  

 

FRI 17 NOV 2017

7.30–8.30pm

Free

City Hall Wing, Level B1, The Ngee Ann Kongsi Auditorium

 

This talk by Paul Perrin (Curator of Paintings, Musée d’Orsay, Paris) examines the Impressionists’ use of colour and their diverse sources of influence, in relation to fields such as drawing, colour theory and Neo-Impressionism.

 

UPDATE:
Due to overwhelming response, this talk has now been shifted to the Ngee Ann Kongsi Auditorium. Admission is free with seats available on a first come, first served basis.

 


Panel | Raden Saleh and Juan Luna: Between Worlds
National Gallery Singapore - Century Of Light - Talk  

 

SAT 18 NOV 2017

3–4.30pm

Free (Registration Required)

City Hall Wing, Level B1, The Ngee Ann Kongsi Auditorium

 

Join distinguished scholars Dr Werner Kraus, Prof. Ambeth Ocampo and Dr Marie-Odette Scalliet as they discuss the lives, practices and reception of Saleh and Luna in Europe and Southeast Asia. Moderated by art historian, curator and critic T.K. Sabapathy.

 

UDPATE:
Due to overwhelming response, only registered guests are guaranteed seats within the Ngee Ann Kongsi Auditorium.
Visitors who have not registered may join the queue for admission as seats become available on a first come, first served basis.
An overflow seating area will be provided for in the Foyer with a live feed of the panel.  

 


Talk | Raden Saleh's Four Views of Java
National Gallery Singapore - Century Of Light - Talk  

 

SAT 25 NOV 2017

5–6pm

Free

City Hall Wing, Level 3, Singtel Special Exhibition Gallery C

 

From 1859 to 1860, Raden Saleh was commissioned to paint four Javanese landscapes, two of which are being displayed for the first time in this exhibition. Join Dr Marie-Odette Scalliet as she traces the journey of these key works from Java to Washington DC, and their significance to his practice.

 


Talk | From History to the Real: Two Sides of Juan Luna
National Gallery Singapore - Century Of Light - Talk  

 

SAT 16 DEC 2017

5–6pm

Free (Registration Required)

City Hall Wing, Level 3, Singtel Special Exhibition Gallery C

 

Learn about the different sides of Luna’s artistic practice in this talk by Clarissa Chikiamco (Curator, National Gallery Singapore) which examines his shift from history painting to realism during his time in Paris.

 


Talk | Why Impressionism (Still) Matters
National Gallery Singapore - Century Of Light - Talk  

 

SAT 6 JAN 2018

3–4pm

Free

Supreme Court Wing, Level 5, Glass Room

 

Impressionism is known for capturing the pleasures and freedoms of a new, modern world in the 19th century. This lecture by Dr Kevin Chua (Associate Professor of 18th and 19th century European + Southeast Asian Art History, Texas Tech School of Art) looks at recent interpretations of the movement and considers its relevance to society today.  

 


SHOPPING & DINING

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PROMOTIONS

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  • Offer is valid from 16 November 2017 to 11 March 2018 only.
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Win tickets to the Singapore premiere of Loving Vincent by Dorota Kobiela and Hugh Welchman
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In partnership with Shaw Organisation

 

Recently nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Animated Motion Picture, the film tells the story of one of the most celebrated artists of all time, Vincent van Gogh, by reconstituting his paintings through montage. This film programme is held in conjunction with the exhibition, CENTURY OF LIGHT, which runs from 16 Nov 2017 to 11 Mar 2018 and includes a post screening Q&A with exhibition curator Russell Storer and local animation filmmaker Ang Qing Sheng.

 

To win a pair of tickets to the Singapore premiere of 'Loving Vincent' on 26 Jan 2018, tell us what you love most about Impressionism on the National Gallery Singapore Facebook post ! 10 lucky winners will selected before this giveaway closes on 22 Jan, 10am.

 

Take part on our Facebook Page

 

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ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

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