Good things come in twos, as a “2-in-1”, in what is the National Gallery Singapore (NGS)’s current art-peritif, under the banner of Century of Light.
One, an original script called “Between Worlds: Raden Saleh and Juan Luna”, brings together for the first time two South-East Asian art titans who made their mark in nineteenth-century Europe.
The other, “Colours of Impressionism: Masterpieces from the Musee D’Orsay”, is a neat repackaging of selected works by iconic artists with an accent on colour evolution and permutations. The exhibitions run concurrently from November 16, 2017 to March 11, 2018.
Indonesia’s Raden Saleh (c. 1811-1880) and Juan Luna (1857-1899) of the Philippines are, by dint of their success, poster boys of the Dutch and Spanish colonial masters respectively. Born a half-century apart, they came from privileged backgrounds and spent a great part of their lives all over Europe. While Raden lived until he was 69, Luna died relatively young at 42, succumbing to a heart attack.
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