Reframing Modernism at National Gallery Singapore

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{Media Invite and Reframing Modernism at National Gallery Singapore}

It’s a dream come true for art lovers!  You will be able to admire and appreciate modern artworks from Southeast Asia that will be exhibited together with works from the Centre Pompidou collection, featuring European artists such as Pablo Picasso, Marc Chagall and Vassily Kandinsky and Southeast Asian artists such as Latiff Mohidin, Affandi and Le Pho.

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Guest-of-honour Dr Vivian Balakrishnan, Minister for Foreign Affairs was at the opening launch of Reframing Modernism exhibition. This is National Gallery’s first international collaboration organised with Centre Pompidou, Paris, the exhibition will feature over 200 iconic works by 48 modern artists from Southeast Asia and Europe. 

With the launch of this new exhibition, it also introduce the museum’s Singtel Special Exhibition Gallery. The whole exhibition is spread over three rooms with National Gallery and Centre Pompidou, Paris contributed around half of the collection.

Visitors are invited to explore and enjoy a visual feast of the artworks by different talented artists working in different parts of the world and how they can be connected to one another. We can examine how these artists working in different contexts approached modern art and modernism in the 20th century.

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The Hunt, 1923 by Vicente Do Rego Monteiro, referring to the patterns on ancient ceramics from his native Brazil to develop his innovative approach to modernist painting. 

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Georgette Chen, an artist trained in Shanghai, New York and Paris who eventually settled in Singapore in 1953. Her works were inspired by her travels. 

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The Fairies by Vietnamese artist Nguyen Gia Tri in 1936. Nguyen Gia Tri was a vital figure in transforming lacquer into a modern painting. 

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Working Life by Henry Valensi in 1949, Henry Valensi’s approach to painting by combining forms and colours in a kind of musical orchestration based on rhythm and harmony.

With such a wide variety of modern art works from famous artists from European and Southeast Asian masters all in the same space at National Gallery, visitors are in for a visual feast from now till July 17, 2016. 

Additional Information:

Reframing Modernism: Painting from Southeast Asia, Europe and Beyond

Organised by National Gallery Singapore and The Centre Pompidou, Paris

Date: 31 March to 17 July 2016

Venue: Singtel Special Exhibition Gallery

Level 3, City Hall Wing

Tickets: Singaporeans/PRs $15, Non-Singaporeans $25. Concessions available.

Please click HERE for more information and to purchase the tickets from National Gallery’s website.

Please click HERE to purchase tickets from SISTIC. 

Tinkering Sundays – Wooden Toy Car II Workshop at Playeum

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{Media Invite: Wooden Toy Car II Workshop at Playeum} 

Playeum is Singapore’s first Children’s Centre for Creativity, this is a fun and creative place where it encourages parents and children to play, create and be inspired together. Please read about our earlier visit to Playeum at this LINK.

We have been to Playeum several times on our own and each time, the children look forward to simply have fun playing with the facilities and making their own creative project at the workshop space using its recycled materials.

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This time we are at Playeum to attend its Tinkering Sundays series of workshops. The workshop’s theme is on “Wooden Car II” where we will get hands on with our parents to make our very own wooden cars!

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The workshop is conducted by artist Debra Raymond. This talented and experienced artist has shown work in Cemara 6 Galeri-Museum, Jakarta, Indonesia; Culture Station Korea; Societe Generale at Alliance Francaise de Singapour; and many other contexts locally and internationally.

All kinds of tools from recycled wood, paints, sticks, sawing equipment and many more are available for parents and children to exercise their creativities to make their own wooden cars under the guidance of Debra Raymond and Playeum team. 

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It is really exciting to see our wooden car takes form starting from scratch. First use your imagination and creativity to design your car, pick up your recycled wood provided in the large basket, draw your design on the wood, shape out your car by sawing the piece of wood. Next choose your wheels, different sizes of the wheels are provided and the shaft and insert the wheels into the car. 

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After you have made your wooden car, you can decorate your car by painting it. 

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The boys love cars and they are pretty excited to be able to make their very own wooden cars.

It is amazing to see how the piece of wood transformed into a toy car at the end of the workshop. You will get to keep and bring home your car after the workshop. 

Once you have made your car, you have the opportunity to showcase your car and give it a test drive on Playeum’s many ramps. 

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Thank you Debra Raymond and Playeum team for the wonderful experiences! The boys will treasure their handmade wooden cars. They can’t wait to show their friends, their new toys that they made themselves.

Additional Information:

Playeum, The Children’s Centre for Creativity. 

Blk 47, Malan Road

Gillman Barracks


Singapore 109444

Opening Hours:

10am to 6pm and closed on all Mondays and Christmas Day. 


Child (1 to 12) $20

Accompanying adult: Free

Additional Adult: $10


Promotional rate for school and groups at $10 per student.


Tinkering Sunday Workshops 

The workshops will take place on the last Sunday of every month, Tinkering Sunday sessions are suitable for parents and children (from the age of 5 to 12) to do together. The activities are open-ended but within a theme, and carefully curated materials and tools are available. The aim of these facilitated sessions is to try out things, explore, experiment and create. Most of the time, you will not go home with a product but with a set of experiences.

Please click HERE for more information on the workshops schedules and registration details. 

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