This year will probably go down in my personal history as the “Museum Year”. I dropped by SAM to see the TransCool Tokyo Exhibit in January, June saw me visiting the ArtScience Museum for some Dali goodness, was fortunate enough to go for the opening ceremony of the ABBAS Photo Exhibit last July, and went for the Night Lights Festival in September!
After my stint volunteering at the Singapore Writers Festival on Wednesday at SMU, I crossed the road over to the National Museum. They were having an Open House because it was Deepavali. Even if I was tired that my knees were literally jell-o, I just couldn’t pass up the chance to see the Dreams & Reality Exhibit.
At the National Museum of Singapore website the exhibit is described as:
“From the collection of the world renowned Musée d’Orsay, over 140 Salon, Realists, Impressionists and Post-Impressionists paintings, photographs and drawings from the mid-19th century to the early 20th century will specially tour to Singapore this year. Titled Dreams and Reality: Masterpieces of Painting, Drawing and Photography from the Musée d’Orsay, Paris, the exhibition explores the reaction of man towards modernity at the turn of the century from 1848 to 1912. The changing social and industrial landscapes of Paris in early modernity forced artists and photographers to rethink their approach to the visual world around them. Their varied responses generated new ways of depicting reality and a proliferation of styles.”
Since it was an Open House, the queue to this exhibit was reasonably long, I waited in line for almost twenty-minutes. I didn’t manage to grab myself one of those headset thingamajigs that would provide audio commentary on the pieces though as I was having tunnel vision and becoming giddy with excitement.
I liked the blend of mythology and “real life”. I once again have failed to procure myself a decent camera, so all the pictures you see here on this post was taken by my Samsung Galaxy SII phone, and it barely had twenty percent of battery power left at that time so I only managed to take a few pictures. Anyway, onward to the paintings!