The National Gallery Singapore has tied up with leading European museum the Musee d'Orsay for a blockbuster exhibition from November.
Titled Century Of Light, it will feature masterpieces from the 19th century, including works by French artists Claude Monet and Pierre-Auguste Renoir.
Consisting of two parts, the exhibition offers visitors the rare opportunity to see masterpieces from leading European and American museums, including the Smithsonian American Art Museum, that have not been shown in the region before, along with major paintings from South-east Asian collections.
The first section, Colours Of Impressionism: Masterpieces From The Musee d'Orsay, traces the emergence of modernism in Europe through major Impressionist works from the collection of the museum in Paris. The exhibition features more than 60 masterpieces, including key works by French masters Edouard Manet and Paul Cezanne. Visitors will get a chance to view famous works including Monet's Le bassin aux nympheas, harmonie rose (Waterlily Pond, Pink Harmony, 1900) and Renoir's Gabrielle a la rose (Gabrielle With A Rose, 1911).
The second section, Between Worlds: Raden Saleh And Juan Luna, brings together, for the first time, the works of two significant South-east Asian artists who were active in Europe in the 19th century - Indonesian artist Raden Saleh (1811-1880) and Filipino artist Juan Luna (1857-1899).
Visitors will be able to compare the significant phases of each of these artists' lives and how their experiences in Europe influenced their art.
Century Of Light will run from Nov 16 to March 11 next year. It will be held at the Singtel Special Exhibition Gallery, City Hall Wing, Level 3, National Gallery Singapore.
Admission fees are $15 for Singaporeans and permanent residents, and $25 for non-Singaporeans.
The exhibition is free for children aged six and under, and seniors aged 60 and above.