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Raden Saleh masterpieces to grace Singapore exhibition

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The Jakarta Post

Jakarta | Thu, November 9, 2017 | 04:16 pm
Raden Saleh masterpieces to grace Singapore exhibition

Raden Saleh's 'Lion Hunt.' (Via National Gallery Singapore/File)

Masterpieces of Indonesian maestro painter Raden Saleh will be on display in Singapore from Nov. 16 until March 11, 2018, alongside the works of Filipino painter Juan Luna in an exhibition at the National Gallery Singapore.

Titled "Between Worlds: Raden Saleh and Juan Luna", the exhibition will highlight both artists' artistic journey from Southeast Asia in the 19th century to Europe to hone their craft.

As the first Indonesian artist to receive training in Europe, Raden Saleh (1811 - 1880) is said to receive recognition in Germany and Paris for his signature Orientalist animal hunts and fights. Bestowed with the "King's Painter" title by King Willem III of the Netherlands, his 3-by-4 meter painting Boschbrand (Forest Fire) ( 1849 ) depicting "a dramatic scene of animals chased by flames over the edge of a precipice" could be found on display at the gallery's UOB Southeast Asia Gallery. 

Meanwhile, Juan Luna (1857 - 1899), who studied in Madrid and Rome under the wing of Spanish painter Alejo Vera, was particularly famous for his painting Spoliarium, which earned him the First Class medal at Spain's annual art exhibition in Madrid in 1884.

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Raden Saleh's 'Javanese Temple in Ruins.'Raden Saleh's 'Javanese Temple in Ruins.' (Via National Gallery Singapore/File)

“Raden Saleh and Juan Luna are two of the earliest and most significant artists who propelled the prestige of Southeast Asian art around the world in the 19th century," said the gallery's director Eugene Tan in a press release on Thursday. "'Between Worlds' will enable the works of Saleh and Luna to become more accessible to our audiences while furthering our understanding of the art histories of Southeast Asia in the 19th century.” 

More than 100 paintings, drawings and archival materials from Southeast Asian, European and American museums and private collections are said to have been gathered for the exhibition. Among the highlighted artworks are Raden Saleh's two landscape paintings of Java from the Smithsonian's collection and the spectacular Arab Horseman Attacked by a Lion ( 1842 ); and Juan Luna's Cleopatra ( 1881 ) and Ignorés (The Unknown Ones) (1890-1891).

The exhibition is part of a project titled "Century of Light" that focuses on the art of the 19th century. The project features another exhibition titled "Colors of Impressionism: Masterpieces from the Musée d’Orsay" that showcases works by Claude Monet, Auguste Renoir and Paul Cézanne, also set on the same date with "Between Worlds."

Entry to the exhibition starts at S$15 (US$11) for Singaporeans and permanent residents and S$25 for non-Singaporeans. (kes)