Painting with Light is an international festival of films on art, presented by National Gallery Singapore. In showcasing a selection of award-winning films that feature the work of artists and art institutions in relation to their societies, the Festival is scheduled for the four weekends from 7 to 29 October 2017. There will be over 30 feature-length and short films, most of which will be premiering in Singapore for the very first time. With insightful post-show dialogues with the filmmakers, and a public forum that addresses the particularities of film commissions, the Festival offers a thoughtful consideration of the role of art in the human experience. Through films, it encourages the audience to ponder over how art can sustain, mediate, or even interrupt life.
Some film highlights include:
Manifesto (2015) by Julian Rosefeldt – Performed by acclaimed actress Cate Blanchett, the film pays homage to the 20th century’s most impassioned statements on art—from influential thinkers such as Karl Marx and André Breton—that have revolutionised ways of seeing in society
The Space in Between – Marina Abramović in Brazil (2016) by Marco Del Fiol –A documentation of influential performance artist Marina Abramović’s journey to Brazil in search of healing and artistic inspiration through its mystical practices
The Royal Ballet of Cambodia (1965) produced by National Archives and Records Administration of the United States (NARA) – A rare documentary on classical Khmer court dance and the work of the troupe, supported by the royal family of Cambodia, and starring HRH Princess Norodom Buppha Devi
China’s Van Goghs (2016) by Yu Haibo and Yu Tianqi Kiki – The film follows Chinese painter-worker Zhao Xiaoyong to discover the work of Van Gogh for himself. Obsessed with the artist, he traces Van Gogh’s footsteps through Amsterdam, Paris, Arles and Auvers-sur-Oise.
Venue: Ngee Ann Kongsi Auditorium and Foyer (inclusive of Anteroom), City Hall Wing, Basement 1, National Gallery Singapore, 1 St. Andrew’s Road, Singapore 178957
When: 7 - 29 Oct 2017,