Monday, 2 January 2012

Dreams & Reality - Musee d'Orsay Paris - Paintings, Drawings & Photography

Starry Night (1888-1889) by Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890)

From 26 October 2011 to 5 February 2012, you don't have to travel to Paris to view paintings, drawings and photographs from the collection of the Musee d'Orsay Paris. In Singapore exclusively for a limited time at the National Museum of Singapore, this exhibition comprises 145 works from this collection, spanning the period of 1848 to 1914, a period of change and contrast for France and Europe.

The Exhibition comprises of 4 main themes:
1. Allegory & History
2. Man and Contemporary Life
3. Man and Nature
4. Solitude

There is a story to each piece, you can read the plaque beside each work - or for a more indepth look I would recommend taking a free guided tour. Really lets you take in each piece, and view it from a different angle, exploring the artist's impression of a time and place gone.

Highlights of the exhibition include Paul C├ęzanne’s The Card Players, Vincent van Gogh’s Starry Night and Alexandre Cabanel’s The Birth of Venus.

My personal favourite was Vincent van Gogh's Starry Night (1888-1889), in the Man and Nature theme of the Exhibition. Van Gogh explored different aspects of this theme, and also experimented with a freer technique evident by his informal brush strokes in this painting.

At the end of the Exhibition, is an area for you to explore your inner artist - with books, paper, drawing tools for you to create your own drawing.

Entry is S$11 per person, which also includes entry to the National Museum of Singapore. Discounts available for senior citizens, children, HSBC credit card holders, NSF, NHB Museum Pass Holders.

Note: Cameras ok, but no flash allowed inside.

Venus at Paphos, circa 1852, Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres (1780-1867)

War or The Cavalcade of Discord, circa 1894 by Henri Rousseau (1844-1910)

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