City of Antwerpen, Belgium

City of Antwerpen, Belgium

This is an interesting exhibition which I visited some weeks back, together with a bunch of omy.sg invited bloggers.

The Story of the Image is an exhibition initiated by the non-profit organization SingAnt (SingaporeAntwerp) and curated by the Royal Museum of Fine Arts Antwerp (KMSKA) and the Museum of Contemporary Art Antwerp (MuHKA), which have also lent the works of art together with the Museum Plantin-Moretus/Print room Antwerp. The logistic organization was provided by the City of Antwerp, together with the Shanghai Art Museum and the National Museum of Singapore. In short, a multinational ensemble came together to make this exhibition possible. 🙂

The exhibition presents a collection of artworks from the city of Antwerp (Belgium), which is both an historical and contemporary centre for the development of the possibilities of the image. The artworks embody the balancing act between the visible and the invisible.

The exhibition features classical masterpieces by well-known names like Peter Paul Rubens (1577-1640) and Anthony van Dyck (1599-1641), as well as works by top contemporary artists such as Luc Tuymans, David Claerbout, Francis Alys, Marlene Dumas and Berlinde de Bruyckere. An unique mix.

Selected pieces from the Royal Museum of Fine Arts Antwerp (KMSKA):

Curator introducing Anthony Van Dyck ( 1599-1641)s Portrait of a Nobleman on a Horse

Museum curator introducing Anthony Van Dyck ( 1599-1641)s Portrait of a Nobleman on a Horse

David Teniers II (1610-1690): The Temptation of Saint Anthony of Egypt

David Teniers II (1610-1690): The Temptation of Saint Anthony of Egypt

Abel Grimmer (1555/75-1610/30): The Four Seasons, Autumn, 1607

Abel Grimmer (1555/75-1610/30): The Four Seasons, 1607

David Rijckaert III (1612-1661): Soldiers engaged in plundering a Farm and a Church

David Rijckaert III (1612-1661): Soldiers engaged in plundering a Farm and a Church

Peter Paul Rubens (1577-1640): Lamentation over the Dead Christ - the most expensive piece on exhibit

Peter Paul Rubens (1577-1640): Lamentation over the Dead Christ - the most expensive piece on exhibit

Selected pieces from the Museum Plantin-Moretus/Print room Antwerp:

Joannes I Sadeler (1550-1600), after Judocus Winghe: A House of Ill-Fame, 1588

Joannes I Sadeler (1550-1600), after Judocus Winghe: A House of Ill-Fame, 1588

A piece depicting war

A piece depicting war

Pieter van der Heyden (ca. 1530-1572/92), after Pieter I Brueghel (the elder): The Thin Kitchen, c.1563

Pieter van der Heyden (ca. 1530-1572/92), after Pieter I Brueghel (the elder): The Thin Kitchen, c.1563

Abraham Verhoeven (1575-1652): The Battle at the Blokkersdijk near Antwerp, 1605

Abraham Verhoeven (1575-1652): The Battle at the Blokkersdijk near Antwerp, 1605 - Hand coloured engraving

Selected pieces from the Museum of Contemporary Art Antwerp (MuHKA):

Marlene Dumas: Indian Summer, 1996

Marlene Dumas: Indian Summer, 1996

These look like rows of bums to me

These look like rows of bums to me

Interesting piece that plays with optical illusion

Narcisse Tordoir: Personage, 1991 - piece that plays with optical illusion

– a series of fading images on cibachrome that seek to show the transient nature of some images”]Charif Benhelima: Park, 2005 [series Black-out] - a series of fading images on cibachrome that seek to show the transient nature of some images
Literal Hot Cross Buns

Literal "Hot Cross Buns"

Vaast Colson: Helena’s Sculpture, 2007 - A large, rectangular piece of furniture houses several portraits that Vaast Colson painted of Helena, the daughter of the artist Martin Kippenberger.

Vaast Colson: Helena’s Sculpture, 2007 - A large, rectangular piece of furniture houses several portraits that the artist painted of a girl

These are artworks too

These are artworks too

Photograph of a brick wall, made to look like a painting

Photograph of a brick wall, made to look like a painting

A sheet with soiled semen

A sheet with soiled semen

Francis Alÿs: When Faith Moves Mountains, Lima, Peru, April 11, 2002 - 500 volunteers answered an invitation by the artist to pick up a shovel to displace by a few centimetres a large sand dune near the slums surrounding Lima.

Francis Alÿs: When Faith Moves Mountains, Lima, Peru, April 11, 2002 - 500 volunteers pick up a shovel to displace a large sand dune by a few cm

Video showing the dune being displaced

Video showing the dune being displaced

Nude artist frolicking on screen

Nude artist frolicking on screen

An arresting photo portrait

An arresting photo portrait

An interactive video installation that features a rat which will run from one screen to another as a person approaches either side of the work

An interactive video installation that features a rat which will run from one screen to another as a person approaches either side of the work

Berlinde De Bruyckere: In Flanders’ Fields, 2000

Berlinde De Bruyckere: In Flanders’ Fields, 2000

Five life size casts of horses, wholly covered in horse fur and adorned with manes, lie on the ground or balanced on trestles.

Five life size casts of horses, wholly covered in horse fur and adorned with manes, lie on the ground or balanced on trestles.

This installation was inspired by photographs of battlefields during the First World War,

This installation was inspired by photographs of battlefields during WWI

The artist presents an image of beauty and sorrow, security and suffocation that seems to be fighting for attention.

The artist presents an image of beauty and sorrow, security and suffocation that seems to be fighting for attention.

Blogger, Aussie Pete examining one of the horses up-close

Blogger, Aussie Pete examining one of the horses up-close

A black horse

A black horse

If you are interested to visit this exhibition, more details are available at the National Museum of Singapore website:

VENUE: National Museum of SIngapore, Exhibition Galleries 1 & 2
DATE: FRI 14 AUG 2009 – SUN 31 OCT 2009
TIME: 10:00am – 6:00pm

TICKETING INFORMATION:

S$8 Adult
S$4 Senior (above 60 years old) & NSF
Free for all students with a student pass.
Free admission for children 6 years and under.
Free entry to all galleries for seniors (locals and PR’s), everyday.
Free entry to all galleries for seniors (tourists), every Monday.

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