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A Changed World-Singapore Art 1950s-1970s

The World today is Changing, sometimes slowly, sometimes rapidly. How does Change affects a country? How does Change affects Singapore in the 19th century till today in the 20th Century? There had been so many changes in Singapore, from a sleepy fishing village to a major hub for the shipping route and today, it’s a major cosmopolitan country in the world. A Changed World seeks to explore the development of Singapore’s art scene in light of the rapid changes that took place in Singapore after the Second World War.


Walking through the A Changed World exhibition, it was like walking into a time machine and going back in time to Singapore’s history. The beautiful and amazing artworks by the talented artists were so powerful and absorbing, visitors were able to feel the artists’ own engagement with changes in Singapore’s political, economic, social and urban landscape, and how they expressed their responses through their beautiful and mesmerising artworks. From the post-war period till the 1970s, there are over 120 paintings, drawings , prints and sculptures from the National Collection.


When you are walking through the various artworks in the various segments such as Building A Nation, Embracing Modernism etc in the Exhibition Gallery, read the words and thoughts by the various artists that were penned down beside their works. You would be able to reinforce the words and thoughts that were put across when you are viewing their artworks. There are some artworks that blew me away, one of them is the oil on canvas painting by Lai Kui Fang, his big oil painting is on the “Construction of Sheares Bridge”. Do visit the exhibition and spot this oil canvas painting, you cannot miss it because it is not only big, it is also very beautifully painted!


Exhibition Details

Title: A Changed World – Singapore Art 1950s-1970s

Location: National Museum of Singapore, Exhibition Gallery 2, Basement

Period of Exhibition: 25th October 2013 to 16th March 2014

Opening Hours: 10am – 7pm (Last Entry at 630pm)

Admission: Free

Spread the word, tell your family members, loved ones and friends! Visit A Changed World and experience for yourself the history, developments and changes in Singapore’s (political, economic, social and urban) landscapes through the eyes and artworks of the various talented artists. It’s like going back in time, walking through the timeline of Singapore’s growth and development through Singapore Arts from the 1950s to the 1970s.


Through my photography journey over the past 25 years, I am able to appreciate the artworks, paintings, drawings, prints and sculptures that are exhibited at A Changed World – Singapore Art 1950s-1970s. Even though I failed terribly in painting and drawing back in school, over the years as I grew older, I slowly to appreciate and respect artists who produced such great and talented artworks.

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Special Visit to Dreams & Reality

Dreams and Reality : A wonderful and amazing exhibition of world class masterpieces comprising paintings, drawings and photography from Musée d’Orsay, Paris. This exhibition is now in Singapore from 26th October 2011 to 5th February 2012, at National Museum of Singapore, Exhibition Galleries 1 and 2.

A special private visit was arranged by Belinda Tan, who kindly planned and coordinated with Shaun from National Heritage Board, along with National Museum of Singapore as kind hosts for the tickets and guides. A group of friends from the social media/photography/blogging community with an avid interest in arts, culture and heritage met on 20th November 2011 at National Museum of Singapore, whereby our volunteer guide, Elaine Tan, led and guided us around this wonderful exhibition.

The masterpieces of paintings, drawings and photographs are from Musée d’Orsay, a world renowned art gallery, with masterpieces from 1848 to 1912, how man reacted and changed towards the turn of the century, the changing social and industrial landscape of Paris, all shown in the artists visual response towards them, displayed inside their paintings, drawings and photographs. In each individual artist, brought about each different individual aspect, visual and style of the arts scene.

Our lovely and friendly volunteer guide, Elaine, was awesome to share many of her knowledge and experiences with the different art works on display, from their influences, styles and history behind each of the masterpieces that she brought us around to view at. Some of the world class artists whose masterpieces are on display at the National Museum of Singapore include Vincent van Gogh, Édouard Manet and Paul Cézanne.

Visiting a special art works exhibition with a volunteer guide, makes the tour very interesting and informative. This allow us to learn more about the artists, their visual and with Elaine’s sharing, the participants (us) are able to view and appreciate the masterpieces better. This is an excellent exhibition to learn more about the arts, culture, heritage and history of France, definitely a must visit for arts lovers. For more information, please drop by National Museum of Singapore link for more information!

Here’s some key information for the arts lover visiting the Dreams and Reality exhibition !

Date : 26th October 2011 to 5th February 2012

Venue : National Museum of Singapore, Exhibition Galleries 1 and 2

Price : Tickets at $11 from SISTIC

Hope you all have a great time visiting Dreams and Reality ! More photos here on my Flickr!


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