Straddling two worlds
National Gallery’s Between Worlds: Raden Saleh and Juan Luna centres on the height of colonial rule in Southeast Asia in the 19th century. The exhibition tells the story of the two young men from Indonesia and the Philippines who sailed across the ocean to Europe to train under great painters of their time. The exhibition unites, for the first time, a selection of their masterpieces loaned from private and public collections around the world that traces their artistic journey from Southeast Asia to Europe and back again. It also tells of their struggle to reconcile their love for their homeland with their ambitions in Europe, where they established their careers.

The exhibition is part of Century of Light, a special presentation of two exhibitions focusing on art of the 19th century. The complementary exhibition, Colours of Impressionism: Masterpieces from the Musée d’Orsay, traces the history of Impressionism through the theme of colour, and features important works by masters such as Claude Monet, Auguste Renoir and Paul Cézanne.

For more information about the exhibition,
visit www.nationalgallery.sg/centuryoflight

Venue: The National Gallery Singapore, 1 St Andrew’s Road
Date: Nov 16, 2017 to March 11, 2018
Admission: $15 for Singaporeans and permanent residents; $25 for non-Singaporeans. Concession rates are also available at $10 and $20 respectively.

For a lustrous shine
Movember is a charity that addresses men’s health on a global scale while celebrating facial hair. This Movember, Oxwell & Co will celebrate the occasion with its very own Moustachio Oil. This is part of the restaurant’s recent launch of its Apothe cary Room, which serves tonics and tinctures crafted to heal ailments. The Moustachio Oil ($10 a shot) is a blend of Monkey Shoulder Whisky and Drambuie Whisky, infused with roasted pistachios, guaranteed to give even the feeblest facial hair a lustrous shine.

Oxwell & Co is among more than 20 other organisations raising funds for the Singapore Cancer Society as part of the Movember Foundation this year.

Venue: Oxwell & Co, 5 Ann Siang Road
Date: Until Nov 30

All in the family
If you enjoyed movies such as First Growth or A Year in Burgundy, you will enjoy this year’s offering Back to Burgundy. This French film tells the story of Jean who left his home in Burgundy 10 years ago to travel the world. He returns when he learns that his father is gravely ill. After his death, Jean stays to help harvest the vines and reconnects with his brother and sister. But will he stay and continue the family’s business?

Chilly Noir
Watch Wind River, a thriller based on a series of true events that happened on an Indian Reservation in Wyoming, US. The story opens with the murder of a girl that sees the arrival of an FBI agent (played by Elizabeth Olsen) to investigate the circumstances that led to the crime. Written and directed by Taylor Sheridan, the movie also stars Gil Birmingham, Jon Bernthal, Julia Jones, Kelsey Asbille and James Jordan.

Society and Art
Art Seasons Singapore presents a duet exhibition by Malaysia’s leading contemporary artist, Ahmad Shukri Mohamed, and Umibaizurah [email protected] Ismail, titled New Landscape. The husband-and-wife team has won numerous art awards in Malaysia and the region. They have held many prominent and important solo and group exhibitions in galleries, museums, biennales, important art institutions and fairs in Malaysia and worldwide. Their artworks are in both private and public collections of important collectors and art institutions in Malaysia and the region.

New Landscape is about communication between human beings and the environment as well as a record of individual and inner spiritual growth. It is about the modernisation of life, which brings changes in the lives and thoughts of the community and how it affects the environment, society, culture, economy and politics.

Date: Until Nov 26
Admission: Free
Venue: Art Seasons Singapore,
50 Genting Lane, 03-02 Cideco Industrial Complex

Festive draws
Within Studio offers a festive series of botanical art workshops and courses in November and December that celebrate the art, science and beauty of nature. They include the “Art & Dine” Christmas Workshop and Lunch at COMO Cuisine restaurant; and an “Art, Science & Beauty of Nature” Plant Taxonomy and Art Course to discover and draw our native plants at the Singapore Botanic Gardens. At the Tropical Christmas Botanical Art & Tea Workshop at Pollen, you will learn to draw in mixed media and watercolour pencils with Lucinda Law in collaboration with Faber-Castell. For reservations, visit www.within.sg or email [email protected].

Venue: Pollen Terrace, Level 2,
Flower Dome, Gardens by the Bay.
18 Marina Gardens Drive, #01-09. Singapore 018953
Date: Nov 25
Time: 2.30pm to 5.30pm

Price: $168, includes:
• Use of all materials;
• A choice of tea/coffee and dessert after the workshop;
• Free entry to the Flower Dome at Gardens by the Bay;
• Guided tour of Christmas show Poinsettia Wishes at the Flower Dome;
• Complimentary Creative Studio range of 12 watercolour pencils, water brush and artist PITT pen from Faber-Castell worth $50; and
• Discount voucher for Faber- Castell products.

This article appeared in Issue 806 (Nov 20) of The Edge Singapore.

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