Today the Singapore Pinacotheque de Paris is closing, after Paris, Madeleine place, leaving some slates. This space has opened his doors in May 2015, at Fort Canning Park.
Just a little over a year since it opened, Singapore Pinacotheque de Paris will close on Monday, April 11, due to “weaker than expected visitorship and other business and financial challenges faced,” according to an official statement.
According to the Singapore newspaper The Straits Times, the Singapore Pinacotheque de Paris closed April 4, 2016 without notice. As in Paris, the Asian museum showed a permanent collection, unseen since mid-February « for renovation » and temporary exhibitions. The Pinacotheque’s permanent gallery was presenting 40-50 paintings by masters such Claude Monet, Renoir and Modigliani, while its Feature gallery was hosting exhibitions, the current one, “Pressionism : Graffiti Masterpieces,” including pieces by Futura, Dondi White, Lady Pink and Rammellzee.
The announcement of the closure by stealth has not really surprised us, if one refers to methods with which Marc Restellini led his Parisian space, established in 2007. On February 15, he put the key under the door of the establishment of Madeleine place, saying the museum was victim of attendance drop, after the attacks of November 13 2015, but did not say that the rent was unpaid already for two years. He left a number of slates, its communication box various cultural providers.