"Spring" by Jean-François Millet
Art lovers are in for a treat as works by some of the art world’s biggest names can be enjoyed right here in Singapore.
Dreams & Reality: Masterpieces of Painting, Drawing and Photography from Musee d’Orsay will feature 140 works of art from the likes of realist, impressionist and post-impressionist painters Paul Cezanne, Vincent van Gogh, Alexandre Cabanel, Edouard Manet, Eva Gonzales and Berthe Morisot at the National Museum of Singapore from October 26 to February 5, 2012.
Located in Paris, France, Musee d’Orsay is well known for its extensive collection of realist, impressionist and post-impressionist paintings, which is said to be one of the largest in the world.
“Starry Night, Arles“ by Vincent van Gogh
Rarely exhibited elsewhere, the museum’s best pieces have made their way here as the museum has recently undergone a series of renovations over the past two years. This Singapore stop follows a similar show at the Seoul Arts Center in southern Seoul.
“This exhibition is really our biggest so far,” says National Museum of Singapore’s director Lee Chor Lin. “This show also marks the fourth installment of the fantastic Memorandum of Understanding on Museum Cooperation between France and Singapore, and it is through this partnership that we are able to enjoy so many amazing works of art here in Singapore." Previous shows that resulted from this partnership include Christian Lacroix the costumier in 2009, also at National Museum of Singapore as well as Video, an Art, a History 1965-2010. A Selection from the Centre Pompidou in 2011 at Singapore Art Museum.
“Dreams & Reality is not merely an exhibition of art. These works are sort of ambassadors of the French genius of the 19th century which is one of the greatest periods of art,” says Musee d’Orsay’s president, Guy Cogéval.
Dreams & Reality explores the reaction of man towards modernity at the turn of the century from 1848 to 1912. The show also does an amazing job of organizing the artwork around specific themes, which include Mythology, History and War, Leisure, Family and Modern Life. The exhibition makes a case that art is a collective effort by artists of an era with similar sensibilities.
“Dancers Climbing the Stairs” by Edgar Degas
The majority of the works exhibited here are from the late 19th and early 20th century with a focus on Impressionism and Post-Impressionism, which are the museum’s strengths. But outside of some notable paintings--such as “Starry Night, Arles“ by Vincent van Gogh, “Dancers Climbing the Stairs” by Edgar Degas and “Card Players” by Paul Cezanne which played a central role in the exhibition posters--a large part of the exhibit is composed of relatively minor works from that period.
Other works to look out for include “Venus in Paphos” by Jean-Auguste Dominique Ingres, “Study of A Figure Outdoors: Woman with a Parasol Looking to the Right” by Claude Monet and “The Female Clown Cha-U-Kao” by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec.
Of the 140 works on display, only 77 are paintings. The exhibition also features never seen before drawings, sketches and photography to widen the scope of the show.