Inauguration of Reframing Modernism, the new exhibition at the National Gallery Singapore
The inauguration of this first major international temporary exhibition at the National Gallery Singapore, co-curated and co-presented with Centre Pompidou, Paris, took place on 31 March in the presence of French Ambassador to Singapore, Mr Benjamin Dubertret, Singaporean Minister for Foreign Affaires, Mr Vivian Balakrishnan, Centre Pompidou President, Mr Serge Lasvignes and National Gallery Singapore Director, Mr Eugene Tan.
- From left to right : Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mr Vivian Balakrishnan and his wife, French Ambassador to Singapore, Mr Benjamin Dubertret and Centre Pompidou President, Mr Serge Lasvignes.
Reframing Modernism showcases more than 200 works from about 50 artists, with approximately half from Centre Pompidou and the other half from Southeast Asia. This is also the first time that an exhibition displays significant Southeast Asian and European artists in parallel through its study of one of the most influential artistic and intellectual drives of the 20th century – modernism – from the perspective of Southeast Asia.
Throughout the exhibition, visitors are invited to draw their own connections and conclusions about the history of modernism and its relevance to the development of art in Southeast Asia. The unprecedented presentation includes works by Southeast Asian artists such as Le Pho (Vietnam), Nguyen Gia Tri (Vietnam), S Sudjojono (Indonesia), Affandi (Indonesia), Latiff Mohidin (Malaysia), Galo B Ocampo (Philippines), Georgette Chen (Singapore) and Tang Chang (Thailand), as well as European masters Vassily Kandinsky, Fernand Léger, Marc Chagall, Jean Dubuffet, Pablo Picasso and Henri Matisse.
A cocktail was held at the Residence of France to celebrate this collaboration between these two major art institutions.
Note that the exhibition will run from 31 March to 17 July. More information here.
Read the media release here.