The past year saw a meteoric rise in blockbuster exhibitions. Major institutions such as the V&A Museum and the National Gallery in London showcased the works of canonical artists (think Leonardo Da Vinci and Vincent Van Gogh) and established fashion designers to draw in the crowds. 

National Gallery Singapore follows these footsteps with its two upcoming exhibitions ‘Matisse & Picasso’ and ‘Nam June Paik,’ which are slated for release in May 2020 and October 2021 respectively. The Singapore Tourism Board (STB) is on board to facilitate this, having supported the Gallery for previous shows in 2017 and 2018.

Pablo Picasso
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‘Matisse & Picasso’ will run for three months, organised in partnership with the National Gallery of Australia. The show will chart the relationship between artistic luminaries Henri Matisse (1869 – 1954) and Pablo Picasso (1881-1973), who met in 1906. The two European painters remained in contact for over 50 years and fostered a friendly rivalry that encouraged them to constantly innovate with colour, form, and space — thus defining 20th Century Western art. Singapore will be the only destination for the show outside of Australia. 

Nam June Paik Guggenheim Bilbao
(Image Credit: Guggenheim Bilbao)

‘Nam June Paik’ is run in partnership with Tate Modern and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and will showcase over 200 works from the Korean-born artist’s extensive career. Paik is most known for the playful utilisation of television and video in his art to examine society’s relationship with new media and music. Singapore will be the only destination in Asia for the show. 

“These exhibitions play a key role in opening visitors’ minds to important artists and artworks that have had a deep influence not only on the global art scene but also the development of modern art in Singapore and Southeast Asia,” says Dr Eugene Tan, Director of National Gallery Singapore. 

This falls in line with the museum’s vision to bring international art movements and the works of seminal practitioners to Singapore while fostering partnerships with major cultural institutions. The National Gallery Singapore previously collaborated with Centre Pompidou, Musée d’Orsay, and the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Korea.

Stephanie Yeap
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Stephanie writes about food and culture. She has a soft spot for the visual and literary arts and can be found at the latest exhibition openings. Currently, she's on a quest to devour as much SingLit as possible.