One day at La Pinacothèque de Paris, Singapore

Last 30th May 2015, La Pinacothèque de Paris opened in Singapore. This is the first international private museum in Singapore. Its aim is to make art accessible to the greatest number. HASHT-ART decided to go there to discover this new exhibition space.

The new space is located in the center of the city, in a neo-colonial building in the middle of Fort Canning Park. First, we must get out of the Dhoby Ghaut MRT station, go up few steps to the Fort Canning Park, and here we are at the entrance. There are a lot of greenery around the building, which changes on the Place de la Madeleine,  where parisian space is located.

We enter into the building. We choose to visit the collections permanently fixed, all installed in a single room, closed and guarded by a guard. No open space as we can see in some Parisian museums, here there is a door that separates the gallery from corridor. And we are now in the gallery !

At first sight, the gallery shows paintings and sculptures from around the world, of every centuries, and different artists, whose names are frequently quoted in the History of Art (Tintoretto, Anthony Van Dyck, Pablo Picasso, Claude Monet, Amedeo Modigliani, George Rouault, etc.)

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View of “the Cabinet of Curiosities”, at La Pinacothèque de Paris, Singapore © Hasht-Art

We stop in front of the explanatory text. Marc Restellin (director of La Pinacothèque de Paris), begins by quoting a sentence of André Malraux (old ex-French Minister of Culture), “The museum should not become a graveyard.”. Then, he exposes us his perspective through the presentation of the works exhibited. Leaving traditional classifications of the artist or movement, and favoring transversal themes, this gallery shows to the public one “imaginary museum” and made of La Pinacothèque Paris a true cabinet of curiosities (an intimate place which, in the Renaissance, made tribute to the passion of the collectors).

We note that works of art can not be photographed. These are mostly works of contemporary art (Picasso, Brancusi, Arp, etc.) In fact, our pictures will be brought about modern art.

We still hear the works noise. We imagine that this museum is very young, and there is a good chance for him to grow up quickly. This gallery will she therefore enlarged ? What will be the next artists exhibited ?

This is very representative of the goal set itself the art and its market here in Singapore: to discover, to love, to educate, to teach, to sell, to buy. To see how this French space will evolve in the Asian environment, and what will be its impact in Singapore… To be continued …

La Pinacothèque de Paris, Singapore
Fort Canning Centre, 5 Cox Terrace, Singapore, 179618
Phone : (+65) 6883 1588
Opening Hours : Sun-Thu 10am-7:30pm ; Fri-Sat 10am-8:30pm
MRT : Dhoby Ghaut
Official website : here

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