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Singapore Airlines Cargo Transports Belgian Masterpieces for Exhibition

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Singapore Airlines Cargo, in support of the National Heritage Boards programme to enrich the local arts and cultural scene, has transported 150 valuable works of art from world-renowned museums in Antwerp.

The airline transported the exhibits, which were on display in Shanghai, to Singapore on 28 June 2009, and will ship them from the city-state to Brussels when the exhibition ends in October this year.

Titled A Story of the Image: Old & New Masters From Antwerp, this ambitious exhibition surveys historical and contemporary works of art to explore the evolution of the image and its commercialisation.

This is not the first time that Singapore Airlines Cargo is partnering the National Heritage Board to promote the arts and culture in Singapore. Last year, it sponsored three exhibitions, namely VOOM PORTRAITS by Robert Wilson, Doubleness : Photography of Chang Chien Chi and Vietnam! From Myth to Modernity exhibition; and in 2007, it sponsored shipments for the Greek Masterpieces from the Louvre exhibition.

The latest exhibition at the National Museum of Singapore features 13 paintings by old Flemish Masters from the Royal Museum of Fine Arts of Antwerp, 25 prints from the Museum Plantin-Moretus Printroom and 112 contemporary Flemish artworks from the Museum of Contemporary Art.

Masterpieces by old Flemish masters like Peter Paul Rubens (1577 1640) and Anthony van Dyck (1599 1641), which are not usually loaned for overseas exhibitions, will make their debut appearance in Singapore.

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