National Museum of Singapore: Masterpieces from the Musee d’Orsay, Paris (Part 1 of 6)

There is always so much to see even before I entered the special exhibition – Dreams and Reality. The ticket was a steal at just S$11. You can then opt for an audio guide for another S$3. I found it useful although the headphone set was not very comfortable (just like the ones you get on the plane).

It’s always nice to spot a bridal photo shoot. I think the National Museum building makes for a wonderful backdrop.

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We were delighted by this beautiful display of red balloons as we entered the museum.

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Held up by these whimsical little critters.

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Picked up a brochure.

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Head towards the Salon on the same level where you purchase the tickets.

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Photographs pale in comparison to the real deal. I would go back multiple times to see the works of genious all over again. That is how good it was. And to think that you are saving on a plane ticket to Paris. We are very lucky to have these paintings lovingly selected and shared. Viewing art revives my soul. Reminds me that there is a lot more to depth to life than all the superficial things. Truly felt the emotion conveyed in each painting. Some more than others. I guess everyone has their own favourites.

Loving the softness and curves on Venus.

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Another painting that greatly impressed me. The Birth of Venus. I am the first to confess that I don’t have much knowledge about fine art, but I am so eager to learn. B knows a whole lot more than I do.

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The female form on the water, had me entranced. Now, this to me is my notion of curvy. Not what is insisted on in fashion magazines. Again, if you think this is beautiful, wait till you see this painting up close. I was very surprised that photography was allowed (but understandably no flash photos of course).

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Loving the pretty colours of this dreamy piece. I am already thinking of bringing my cousin to this exhibition when she’s down in Singapore. I wonder if she saw any of these paintings when she was in Paris.

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I thought the curator, Caroline Mathieu, did an incredible job in the selection of the paintings. Here is a description of the exhibition at the official Musee d’Orsay site.

The 19th century artist had to reconcile a desire to live in the contemporary world, accepting the realities of industrialisation and new working conditions, with a desire for an “elsewhere” drawn from mythology, legend and ancient civilisations, or drawn from the inner world of dreams, imagination and the mind.

Before they came to Singapore, these precious paintings were displayed at Seoul’s National Art Centre for a few months. I wonder where they will travel next. Perhaps, back to Paris.

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10 Responses to National Museum of Singapore: Masterpieces from the Musee d’Orsay, Paris (Part 1 of 6)

  1. Darthycdious says:

    Thanks for sharing! Looks like I’ve to make a trip there sometime! 🙂

  2. Cherry Tan says:

    I have visited this year’s Singapore Biennale and it was such a fulfilling trip to discover about the art scenes in Singapore. By stumbling by your blog (everyday 😉 ), I am delighted that you shared about this wonderful visit of yours. I will be bringing my sister there soon after my O’s ends!

  3. Crystal says:

    Yet another to do for my list!

    • bookjunkie says:

      Of all the exhibitions I have attended so far, in Singapore, this one impressed me the most and the ticket was so cheap in comparison.

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