Great Impression

Published on 26 November 2017

Juan Luna. Les Ignorés (The Unknown Ones), also known as Héroes Anónimos (Anonymous Heroes). 1890. Oil on canvas. 195 x 358 cm. Collection of Biblioteca Museu Víctor Balaguer, Vilanova i la Geltrú, Spain.

Monet, Renoir and other masters of the art world headline National Gallery Singapore’s landmark Century of Light showcase.

Art lovers, don’t miss this rare chance to savour 19th-century masterpieces at National Gallery Singapore’s latest offering Century of Light. This amazing showcase comprises two exhibitions, each featuring a selection of important artworks from renowned European and Southeast Asian masters.

The first of the two exhibitions, Colours of Impressionism: Masterpieces From the Musée d’Orsay, presents the story of Impressionism through the colours employed by various artists of the movement. Famous works by Claude Monet, Auguste Renoir, Edouard Manet and Paul Cézanne from the collection of France’s Musée d’Orsay will be on display, offering visitors a precious glimpse of landmark works that defined this period in art history. Walk through the colour evolution of Impressionism with the romantic hues of Monet’s ‘Water Lily Pond, Pink Harmony’ and the brooding darkness of Manet’s ‘Moonlight Over the Port of Boulogne’, among others.

Between Worlds: Raden Saleh and Juan Luna examines the creations of two leading Southeast Asian painters. Works of Indonesian painter Raden Saleh and Filipino artist Juan Luna have been gathered from collections around the world, including Southeast Asia, Europe and North America. Through more than 80 fascinating artworks, the lives and artistic journeys of both artists are recounted and witnessed side by side, offering a glimpse into the socio-political contexts of Southeast Asia and Europe during the 19th century through the eyes and brushes of these two highly regarded artists.

Want to maximise your enjoyment of these special exhibitions? Get a guided experience with the docent-led tour, or opt for the curator-led tour for insights into the exhibition’s curatorial framework. You can also wander the exhibition at your own pace with a self-guided tour accompanied by audio guidance via the museum’s free app, either on your mobile device or on a tablet available for loan from the museum.

There’s more! Watch out for exhibition programmes such as kid-friendly art and storytelling events, and a series of talks discussing the lives and works of the artists and various facets of art of the era.

Century of Light is on at National Gallery Singapore from now until 11 March 2018. Book your tickets online at #centuryoflight

WHEN: Ongoing until 11 March 2018

WHERE: Singtel Special Exhibition Gallery,  National Gallery Singapore 1 St Andrew’s Road


Auguste Renoir. Gabrielle à la rose (Gabrielle with a Rose). 1911. Oil on canvas. 55.5 x 47 cm. Gift of Philippe Gangnat in memory of his father Maurice Gangnat, 1925. Collection of Musée d’Orsay, Paris. RF 2491. (Photo: © RMN-Grand Palais (Musée d’Orsay)/Patrice Schmidt.)
Raden Saleh. Arab Horseman Attacked by a Lion. 1842. Oil on canvas. 154 x 168.5 cm. Private collection.
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