Century of Light at the National Gallery of Singapore brings together two exhibitions showcasing the best of European and Southeast Asian art from the 19th century. On display for the first time in the region are masterpieces of French impressionism from the likes of Monet, Renoir, Manet and Cézanne, on top of a collection of paintings by two of the most important voices in Southeast Asian art – Raden Saleh from Indonesia and Juan Luna of the Philippines. The exhibitions chronicle the rise of the post-Enlightenment impressionist movement, its influence on Southeast Asian art and the journeys of Saleh and Luna through Europe, where they struggled to negotiate a balance between their artistic identity in the continent and the strong pull homewards.
WHERE AND WHEN? SINGAPORE, UNTIL 11 MARCH
“Javanese Temple in Ruins” by Indonesian artist Raden Saleh “Road Near Mont Sainte-Victoire” by Paul Cézanne (far right); “The Cliff Walk at Pourville” by Claude Monet