National Gallery

Pt 4: I was really excited to see the new National Gallery so I went the day after it opened with Shu! We took selfies with my selfie stick until the security guard told us not to bleagh because we may accidentally damage some art piece 😡 The interior is super spacious and aesthetically pleasing haha it is the perfect balance of minimalistic and grand architecture! Lighting was also fab (y)

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Forest Fire is one of the biggest paintings in the Gallery and the colours are super vibrant, which really brings it to life. It depicts animals being pushed to the edge of the cliff during a forest fire and shows their desperation very realistically.

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Forest Fire by Raden Saleh

This painting wasn’t meant to be a painting but a “study” for a larger mural. In real life you can see faint gridlines across the whole canvas which the artist would have referenced to create the larger painting. Also the background around the basket is painted halfway and above that you can see a draft for the hand! I thought this piece was really unique and it was my favourite piece of all those I paid attention to 🙂 (Because we didn’t have time to pay close attention to everything :()

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La Tonkinoise au Panier (Tonkin woman with a Basket) by Victor Tardieu

 

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The two bridges connecting the City Hall wing and the Supreme Court wing.

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The sign at the side of The Bait reads, ” The loose and expressive brushwork is not mean to resemble any realistic physical object. Rather, it expresses the artist’s inner reality: his feelings, thoughts and imagination.”

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Umpan (The Bait) by Syed Ahmad Jamal

A painting of a barricade thing (idk the proper term!) complete with a real life barricade thing in front of it. #art

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The End by Gerardo Tan

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Dont’t Give Money to the Arts by Tang Da Wu

The two paintings below of a male and female are composed of Chinese characters which are literally the body part. E.g. the ears are represented by 耳朵。

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I’m Chinese Too by Aira Lim

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From left to right: The Swearing Palette, Pizza The Hutt, Chlorophyll Palette by Aira and Renn Lim

Aira and Renn are young siblings whose art work have been in exhibitions since 2012. There is an exhibition space next to the museum gift shop dedicated to all their works!

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The interactive art space for children allows them to create their own animals and see them projected on a screen in front of them. We didn’t try it out but it looked like a really cool idea 🙂

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I went back yesterday night to see the Share The Hope light show where the organisers lit up the facade of the National Gallery! They showcased some art pieces from the museum’s collection and animated them in the form of the light show!

 

 

I’ll definitely be back to finish looking at the exhibitions although I doubt it’s possible to complete walking through and admiring everything within a day 😡

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