Saturday, January 28, 2012

Singapore - Dreams and Reality Exhibition at National Museum of Singapore

OK, back to the Singapore trip after the excitement I had of me winning the NST contest. Right after the seven hours of train ride and before the greatness that is Wicked the Musical at night, we did went to places around Singapore. After all, there was an afternoon to spend and we can't possible spend the whole time preparing for the night event.

National Museum of Singapore

After checking in at the Five Foot Way Inn which I think is quite nice and worth the penny, we went straight to the National Museum of Singapore for the Dream and Reality Exhibition where some of the most beautifully painted and drawn arts are put on display. All these paintings came from Musee d'Orsay, Paris, for a short duration of time so that people of this region will get to see some of these paintings and arts. 

Dream and Reality Exhibition

I must say, the National Museum of Singapore is quite a piece of art by itself. The building gives off a colonial feel and I really like these kinds of buildings. There are a lot of these neo-colonial buildings in Malaysia as well but not all of them are well kept and some of them are left unattended or unused. How sad that the government does not put in enough money to maintain or reuse it. 

Anyway, back to the art exhibition. The entrance fee is SGD $11 but they let us enter for free since we were all 'students' with student cards. We were SGD $11 richer but even if we were to pay for the entrance fee, it is still worth it. 

There are a lot of Impressionist era paintings that we got to see, from masterpieces by Vincent Van Gogh to Claude Monet. The exhibition is being categorized into eight categories in accordance to the themes these artists were fascinated throughout the era in chronological order. I'll let the pictures do the talking from here on.

All these paintings are very fascinating to me and while I do not claim to know anything about art, I do know that these paintings gave me pleasure aesthetically. Another bonus point was that we were at the right time for there was a tour being given by a British lady, I believed, and we just joined in the fun. She gave her own interpretations and opinions of some of the paintings and it was certainly delightful to hear her views. 

The guide gave an entertaining and informative tour

Out of all the paintings, one that I liked the most has to be Vincent Van Gogh's Starry Night. I'm not sure why I liked it. Maybe it's the magical blue sky he painted or the loving couple at the bottom of the painting. Whatever the reason may be, I just find it enchanting.

The famous painting of Van Gogh


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Dreams and Reality: Masterpieces of Painting, Drawing, and Photography from the Musee d'Orsay, Paris will be in the National Museum of Singapore from 26 October 2011 until 5 February 2012. The entrance fee for adults is SGD $11 while for senior tourists (60 years old and above), NSF, HSBC credit card holders and NHB museum pass holders, the entrance fee is SGD $6. For students, children and senior citizens, it is free of charge. For the guided tour, the English version is on 11.30am and 2.30pm for everyday. You still have around two weeks time to catch it, so hurry up and go for it. For more information, click here


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  2. I went to a contemporary art fair in Shanghai recently, which was a real eye-opener. Chinese contemporary art
    has come leaps and bounds from the watery Zen landscapes to huge canvases of strange-looking beings. The
    prices being asked and paid were huge too.
    Oriental, if not Chinese, my print of Jean-Léon Gérôme's painting,,
    bought some time ago from, is as lovely as ever.