Cynthia and I love to visit museums. There is always something to learn from these exhibitions. Last week, we were invited for an exhibition opening at National Art Gallery, Singapore – “Realism in Asian Art”. And we had the opportunity to hear from the experts in this field talking about the art, the process of setting up the exhibition in Singapore, and the collaboration with our Korean counterpart.
What struck me as distinctly different from most of the exhibitions we have seen overseas is this Asian theme. As one of the Korean presenters has mentioned that in many ways, we – the Asians – are connected and what one nation has experienced can be related by people of another nation, even if we are living in different locations. To that extend, realism – an attempt to represent things as they are in real life – is the main theme of this exhibition in walking us through our last century of rural era, worker movement, the war, nationalism, and more.
Cynthia got really excited to see some of the famous Indonesian artists, whom she has studied when she was in Indonesia, featured (see picture above). It has been an eye opening experience for me to admire the 80 significant artworks from eight Asian countries. Unlike Cynthia, I don’t have the knowledge of who is who. Nevertheless, I have enjoyed the event and below are some of the photos I have taken.
If you have time, from now till July 4, do visit our Singapore Art Museum for “Realism in Asian Art”. Admission is free on Fridays, 6pm to 9pm. More details can be found in the official website here.