ART-THEMED FILMS AT PAINTING WITH LIGHT

Published on 3 October 2017

“Painting with Light: International Festival of Films on Art” at National Gallery Singapore will be screening over 30 films that uncover the transformative power of art.

By Melanie Lee

National Gallery Singapore will be presenting its first-ever film festival, “Painting with Light”, an extension from its monthly Southeast Asian film series of the same name that was presented last year. With this Festival, the Gallery hopes to encourage a stronger appreciation of the arts through the medium of film.

The selection of films explores a diverse array of subjects organised into four sections – films on institutions of art and their communities, films on artists and their interventions in society, commissioned works by master filmmakers and now restored classics, and short films on the art and culture of Southeast Asia.

“We hope that the festival will provide an interesting entry point to art for our audiences, as well as create space for dialogue about the relevance of art and the change it can inspire in society,” says Suenne Megan Tan, Director, Audience Development & Engagement, National Gallery Singapore.

Look out for some of these fascinating screenings:

The New Rijksmuseum (2013) by Oeke Hoogendik

Film still of The New Rijksmuseum (2013) by Oeke Hoogendijk

Sun, 22 Oct, 4.30pm
The Ngee Ann Kongsi Auditorium

The festival’s opening film documents The Rijksmuseum’s 10-year-long renovation process. The famous art institution closed in 2003 for what was supposed to be a five-year renovation but this soon spiralled into a decade of mounting controversy and cost. This will be the Southeast Asian premier of the film.

China’s Van Goghs (2016) by Yu Haibo and Yu Tianqi Kiki

Film still of China’s Van Goghs (2016) by Yu Haibo and Yu Tianqi Kiki

13 & 27 Oct 2017, 7.30pm
The Ngee Ann Kongsi Auditorium

Chinese painter-worker Zhao Xiaoyong discovers the work of Van Gogh and becomes obsessed with the artist. This film follows Zhao as he traces Van Gogh’s footsteps through Amsterdam, Paris, Arles and Auvers-sur-Oise. He also gets to see Van Gogh’s original works, and is inspired to find his own creative vision.

The Space in Between – Marina Abramovic in Brazil (2016) by Marco Del Fiol

Film still of The Space in Between – Marina Abramović in Brazil (2017) by Marco Del Fiol

15 & 29 Oct, 7.30pm
The Ngee Ann Kongsi Auditorium 

The film follows influential performance artist Marina Abramovic’s journey to Brazil as she searches for healing and artistic inspiration through its mystical practices. Part-documentary and part-video installation, Abramovic tests the limits of her body as she engages in these unfamiliar sacred ceremonies.

Manifesto (2015) by Julian Rosefeldt

Film still of Manifesto (2017) by Julian Rosefeldt

8 Oct, 7.30pm & 21 Oct, 4.30pm
The Ngee Ann Kongsi Auditorium

An experimental film that pays homage to the 20th century’s most impassioned manifestos on art that have revolutionised ways of seeing in society. The film stars acclaimed actress Cate Blanchett, who performs 13 monologues in different personas, and features influential thinkers such as Karl Marx, Andre Breton, and John Cage.

The Royal Ballet of Cambodia (1965) by National Archives and Records of the United States

Film still of The Royal Ballet of Cambodia (1965) produced by National Archives and Records Administration of the United States (NARA)

Sun 8 Oct, 2pm
The Ngee Ann Kongsi Auditorium

This is a rare documentary on the classical Khmer court dance and the work of the troupe, which is supported by the royal family of Cambodia. The film features a lavish dance performance, and reveals footage of rigorous dance rehearsals and the making of costumes, masks and jewellery. HRH Princess Norodom Buppha Devi, who once served as Cambodia’s Minister of Culture and Fine Arts, will be making an appearance at this screening.

FREE: Southeast Asian Shorts

Film still of The King’s Last Song (2016) by John Pirozzi

Auditorium Anteroom
Daily from 11am (new set shown every two hours)

A free programme of short films exploring Southeast Asian perspectives on self-mastery, death, currency and city living will be screened daily throughout the festival period.

“Painting with Light: International Festival of Films on Art” will run from 7 – 29 October 2017 at National Gallery Singapore. Click here for more information.

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