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Parisian museum sets up in Singapore

To open in 2015, Singapore Pinacotheque de Paris will be housed at Fort Canning Centre

Published on May 30, 2013 8:55 AM
The partners behind Singapore Pinacotheque de Paris are (from left) Mr Alain Vandenborre, chairman of the Singapore Diamond Exchange; Ms Ong Chih Ching, chief executive officer of KOP Group; Ms Leny Suparman, chief executive officer of KOP Properties; and Mr Marc Restellini, founder of Pinacotheque de Paris. -- ST PHOTO: LAU FOOK KONG

Art lovers here will get to see masterpieces from private collections when the acclaimed independent French museum, Pinacotheque de Paris, opens a second home in Singapore in 2015.

The art museum will be located at a made-over Fort Canning Centre, which previously housed the Singapore Dance Theatre and At-Sunrice GlobalChef Academy. The 1920s building will retain its historic facade but boast state-of-the-art interiors for the display of prized paintings.

People can glimpse what the museum has to offer in a pop-up exhibition at Fort Canning Centre in September. The two-month-long showcase will feature about 20 masterpieces, including works by Botticelli, Rembrandt and Picasso on loan from private collectors around the world.

The Singapore museum is a partnership between the creator and founder of Pinacotheque de Paris, art historian Marc Restellini, Singapore Diamond Exchange chairman Alain Vandenborre, Singapore Freeport chairman Yves Bouvier and integrated investment company KOP Group with businesses in luxury properties.

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