National Gallery to exhibit artworks by Matisse and Picasso, as well as Nam June Paik

A woman walks by a painting of Spanish painter, Pablo Picasso during the exhibition in Albertina Museum. (Photo by Omar Marques/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)

SINGAPORE – Art lovers, you’re in for a treat! National Gallery has partnered Singapore Tourism Board to bring us two special international art exhibitions. One features the works of Pablo Picasso and Henri Matisse, and the other, works by Nam June Paik. The first exhibition Matisse & Picasso will open in May 2020 and Nam June Paik is slated to open in October 2021.

The three-month Matisse & Picasso exhibition, organised in partnership with the National Gallery of Australia, tells the story of the artistic relationship between two of Europe’s greatest twentieth-century artists. Henri Matisse (1869-1954) and Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) met in 1906 and for more than half a century, closely followed each other’s creative developments and achievements. Following its presentation in Australia, the exhibition, which features works from collections around the world, will travel to Singapore, its only stop outside of Australia.


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The late Seoul-born Nam June Paik, who’s also known as The Father of Video Art, was one of the first artists to use a portable video camcorder to create experimental and playful works. The namesake exhibition will bring together over 200 works from his innovative five-decade career, while shining a spotlight on his collaborations with cellist Charlotte Moorman, John Cage, Merce Cunningham and Joseph Beuys. Singapore will be the only stop in Asia for the exhibition, which is organised in partnership with Tate Modern and San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

There are also plans to bring in two other international special art exhibitions; details will be unveiled at a later date. All four exhibitions will be held at the National Gallery’s Singtel Special Exhibition Gallery.

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