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     FrontPage Edition: Mon 5 June 2006

Artist Lim Tze Peng donates 45 paintings to NAFA


NAFA receives largest single donation of artworks from Cultural Medallion artist Lim Tze Peng
The Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA) is proud to be the recipient of 45 Chinese ink and colour works by celebrated local artist and Cultural Medallion winner, Lim Tze Peng (ÁÖ×Óƽ).
This donation is by far the largest single contribution of a group of works by an artist to the Academy¡¯s permanent art collection.
The paintings will be displayed at Tze Peng in Paris, an exhibition to be held from 15 ¨C 23 June 2006 at NAFA Galleries 1 & 2.
Among the works are depictions of iconic landmarks such as the red windmill above the Moulin Rouge, the Arc de Triomphe and the Eiffel Tower, as well as quintessential Parisian scenes ¨C of side streets and caf¨¦s, the various views from the Seine River, and selected façades of the generic houses of Paris.
Says Ms Bridget Tracy Tan, NAFA¡¯s Director (Gallery & Theatre): ¡°The rich colour and precise marks from Tze Peng¡¯s brush compare admirably with the fleeting and talented paint strokes of the Impressionists. Tze Peng¡¯s buildup however, does not create merely impressions, but produces a cross between plain, agile drawing and the contouring textures of painting.¡±
All the works were produced on-site during the 82-year-old painter¡¯s two-month visit to the French capital city in 2000, where he stayed at the Cit¨¦ Internationale des Arts (¡°International City of Arts¡±), occupying one of two apartments belonging to NAFA. These apartments were acquired by the Academy in the late 1990s to be used as studios by artists, particularly NAFA alumni, lecturers, students or artists who have made contributions to NAFA. (Please refer to ANNEX for more info.)
Mr Choo Thiam Siew, President of NAFA, describes Lim¡¯s donation as ¡°a homecoming of sorts, from the master painter to his potential erudite, in a learning environment such as NAFA.¡±
He adds: ¡°In 2003, Lim Tze Peng was conferred the Cultural Medallion by the Singapore government. His contributions to the arts and culture in Singapore go beyond simply being a practitioner. Through his art, he has not only demonstrated talent but both strength and dedication. It is an exemplariness that all students of art and life can all benefit from.¡±
Exhibition Details:

Exhibition Period     : 15 ¨C 23 June 2006

Exhibition Hours     : 10am ¨C 7pm daily

Venue             : Galleries 1 & 2, NAFA Campus 1, 80 Bencoolen Street, S189655

Admission              : FREE

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About the Cit¨¦ Internationale des Arts (International City of Arts)
The Cit¨¦ Internationale des Arts in Paris, France was established in 1960, under the management of the International City of Arts Foundation. Members of the Council of Administration include the President Mdm Felix Brunau and the French government officials.
The City of Arts is located in the centre of Paris. It consists of 270 studio apartments for artists (visual and performing arts) and art facilities, such as exhibition halls, workshops and concert hall.
The average area of a studio apartment is about 40 square metres, with an attached bathroom/toilet and a kitchenette. All studio premises are fully furnished, including bed linen and an easel for painters.
The City of Arts is subsidised by the French government and is offered to all arts institutions and organisations worldwide, in order to create financially affordable workshops for international artists to interact with a lease of 99 years till 2060.
NAFA has leased two units of the above studio apartments (atelier), located at unit Nos. 2213-A and 2214-A, with a floor area of 30 and 38 square metres, respectively. Each unit consists of a studio with two single beds, a kitchenette and an attached bathroom/toilet.
NAFA presents artist candidates to the Admission Council based on the required criteria (professional artists, NAFA staff/lecturers, potential graduates), the duration of the stay in the City of Arts, ranging from two to six months. Resident artists will also be issued a privilege card by the City of Arts to visit art museums in Paris via express lane free-of-charge.
The service charge for resident artists is minimal:
2213-A: € 263 per month for one person and € 337.50 for two persons
2214-A: € 274.50 per month for one person and € 348.50 for two persons
(A refundable deposit equivalent to one month service charge is required.)

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