TEXT BY PAMELA HO
Published on 17 February 2015
Get to know the masterpieces of Singapore and Southeast Asia through celebrity eyes.
Twelve paintings created by 12 key artists from Singapore and Southeast Asia, chosen by 12 local personalities who will explain why these works resonated with them.
This is the essence of National Gallery Singapore’s My Masterpiece series, which seeks to foster real connections between people and art.
The chosen artworks, which reflect key moments in the region’s art histories, will be featured in the permanent galleries when the Gallery opens its doors in November.
One ambassador will be revealed each month: In January, MediaCorp actress Joanne Peh talked about Singapore realist painter Chua Mia Tee’s Epic Poem of Malaya (1955) while February saw celebrity chef Willin Low reflecting on Filipino artist Fernando Amorsolo’s Marketplace During the Occupation (1942).
A travelling showcase of local creative talents set to promote Singapore.
From April 2015, some of Singapore’s contemporary creative talents will be taking on the international stage as part of the travelling showcase, Singapore: Inside Out.
An initiative of the Singapore Tourism Board (STB), this showcase will tour Beijing, London and New York to help broaden the international community’s perception of Singapore.
Over the course of five days, each city will enjoy live performances, film screenings and artists’ talks — not just by the 20 featured individuals and groups, but also by Singaporean talents based in the respective cosmopolitan hubs.
A diversity of genres will be presented: from literary, visual and performing arts to food and fashion. The showcase will take place within a 25m-by-30m scaffolding structure (above), to be constructed at each destination.
To find out who the featured artists are, visit www.singaporeinsideout.com.