Held at the National History Museum (it is now called National Museum of Singapore, we lost our “History” !!!) from 14 Aug 2009 until 31 Oct 2009 (extended from 4 Oct), “a Story of The Image – Old & New Masters from Antwerp” is a small exhibition showcasing a collection of modern and early works (from the the 1500s onwards) from the Belgian city in the Flanders region, curated from 3 museums, namely, Royal Museum of Fine Arts, Museum Plantin-Moretus and Museum of Contemporary Art (MuHKA). Due to the behind-the-scene hardwork of the SFS, audience who attended the film screening of ‘Waltz with Bashir’ at the Animation Nation 2009 were able to exchanged their ticket stubs for free entry to this exhibition as well as the History Gallery permanent exhibition (normal entry at S$10 for adults as of Oct 2009).
So of course I went. 😀 On the 2nd last day.
Since flash photography was not allowed, please excuse the quality of these handphone camera pictures, though I was surprised by the clarity of the some of the close-ups of the etchings and engravings. Anyway, I feel the lighting is too uneven and dim to enable any good photos to be taken without long exposures, the colours never come out right 😦
And these are some of the works I saw:
|In Flanders Field by Berlinde de Brucykere|
Probably the biggest installation art piece there (and probably got the most number of photos taken) is Berlinde de Brucykere’s In Flanders Field, 2000 in Room 12. Made of life-sized casts of horses and covered with real horse-fur, this is the only thought-provoking modern piece for me, personally speaking. Especially since it came so soon after I watched ‘Waltz with Bashir’. The artist was said to have been inspired by photos of dead horses in WWI battlefields. More close-ups here:
More snapshots of some of the modern pieces :
|235 more or less important photographs from the second half of the 20th Century (1986-95), by Guillaume Bijl.|
|Dog in snow …||Dog not in snow …||Dog in bath tub …|
The above are 3 of the more or less important photographs for me from the 235 more or less important photographs from the second half of the 20th Century …
|Personage (1991) by Narcisse Tordoir|
|Drawings from 1974 to 2002 by Anne-Mie Van Kerchhoven|
|Pushing (1994) by Liza May Post|
For those people (like me) who are unable to appreciate art like, quote “a sordid sheet with dried semen and photographs …”, the less said the better. 🙂
For the classic pieces, the focus is on Antwerp’s famous son Peter Paul Rubens, one of the Baroque masters, though only a few oil pieces of his were featured and the rest of the art pieces are by other notables such as Jan Breughel I and Anthony Van Dyck. Many etchings and engravings done by printing presses from the 1500s were also displayed, which for me, were the highlight of this show really. Call me an old fogey, yeah :). Take a look at the museum’s introduction to this exhibition here, to see some of the pieces and their artists highlighted …
|A House of Ill-fame, engraving by Joannes I Sadeler based on Judocus Winghe.||A House of Ill-fame, close-up of engraving.|
|Portrait of the Archduke Albert and Portrait of the Archduchess Isabel, engravings by Jan Muller||Masked People with Rumbling Instruments, engraving by Jacob II de Gheyn|
|The Holy Virgin in a Garland of Flowers, oil by Daniel Seghers and Cornelis Schut||The Holy Virgin in a Garland of Flowers, close-up of oil painting.|
|The Temptation of Saint Anthony of Egypt, oil by David Teniers II||The Temptation of Saint Anthony of Egypt, close-up of oil painting.|
|The Five Senses: Seeing, Feeling, Hearing, Tasting, Smelling, oil by Gonzales Coques||The Five Senses: Seeing, Feeling, Hearing, Tasting, Smelling, close-up of oil painting showing Hearing.|
|The Gathering of the Animals to Embark on Noah’s Ark before the Flood, oil by Jan van Kessel. Similar composition and style(?) to his grandfather’s piece, Noah’s Ark by Jan Breughel de Velours (Velvet Breughel)|
Lamentation over the Dead Christ, oil by Peter Paul Rubens.
This is the only piece that could fit into my handphone camera and without artefacts/ reflections, so small was the display room. 😦
For more images on the art work and their artists, there is a page at the MuHKA showing some photos taken during the opening ceremony at NHM (National HISTORY Museum).
This list of artists as listed in the guide as follows, with the number of pieces shown indicated behind their respective names, with the ‘old masters’ shown in bold: