The Art of Collecting: Masterpieces from the Pinacothèque de Paris


Singapore Pinacothèque de Paris, a private museum (i.e. one that features works drawn from private collections), will open in 2015 in Fort Canning Centre in Fort Canning Park. The museum in Singapore will mirror that of France, a fine art museum known for its critically acclaimed exhibitions that celebrate transversality and the dialogue between different works of art. From September 14 to December 31, 2013, the museum is hosting a “pop-up” exhibition, The Art of Collecting: Masterpieces from the Pinacothèque de Paris, in its space.

The Art of Collecting presents paintings from vastly different genres and epochs side by side. Thus, Sandro Botticelli’s Christ Carrying the Cross (1490) is paired with George Rouault’s Christian Intimacy (1952), Andy Warhol’s Marilyn (1967) with Ter Brugghen’s The Singing Lute Player (1624), and Amedeo Modigliani’s Young Lady with Earrings (1915, above, bottom left) with Claude Monet’s Suzanne with Sunflowers (1889).

Art historian and Singapore Pinacothèque de Paris’ President Marc Restellini said that the works should not be contemplated individually, but “should be observed together within their referential aspects.”

The Art of Collecting offers a glimpse of 19 spectacular privately owned pieces that otherwise would be behind closed doors. Go, go, go!