Princely Treasures from Liechtenstein at the National Museum

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Liechtenstein may not be a household name in Singapore but the House of Liechtenstein is firmly established in Europe with a history dating back 900 years.

Now, the exhibition, Princely Treasures from the House of Liechtenstein, brings some of that history and tradition to Singapore by showcasing European art the family has been collecting over the past 500 years.

Treasures from the Liechtenstein Family

From 27 June to 29 September 2013 at the National Museum of Singapore, Princely Treasures from the House of Liechtenstein treats visitors to a selection of 91 works of art that include paintings, prints, engravings, tapestries, sculptures and other decorative objet d’art.

Liechtenstein is a principality in Europe bordered by Switzerland and Austria. It is about 600 km away from Vienna, Austria where the The Princely Collections, Liechtenstein museum is located.

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In addition to the visiting collection, 16 oil portraitures from Singapore’s own National Collection, showing officials and local historical figures, complete the exhibition.


From Europe to the World

Touching on the artwork on display, Lee Chor Lin, Director of the National Museum of Singapore said, “The selection of artworks highlights the unique aesthetic values of the Princely family of Liechtenstein as well as their extraordinary dedication to art acquisition and preservation.”

Dr Johann Kräftner, Director of The Princely Collections, Liechtenstein museum, shared further that it has been a longstanding policy of the Princely family to show their collection to other people and countries.

“The collection’s enduring allure lies with its consistent expansion and enhancement through generations of acquisition of the highest quality artworks,” said Dr Kräftner, “The exhibition in Singapore will evoke the unique atmosphere of the Liechtenstein Palaces as the objects and showrooms merge into a total work of art.”

Explore Art Masterworks

Catching a glimpse into the opulence and splendour of the palaces of the Princes of Liechtenstein is only the start. The exhibition covers art from the Renaissance to the Baroque eras and the work of Flemish masters.

Visitors can see Raphael’s Portrait of a Man and Rembrant’s Cupid with the Soap Bubble on display along with many other works of art. The exhibition also features a room dedicated to one of the most successful Baroque artists of the 17th century, Peter Paul Rubens.

Portrait of a Man

Raphael (1483-1520). Portrait of a Man, c1502/1504. Oil on panel.
© LIECHTENSTEIN. The Princely Collections, Vaduz-Vienna

Cupid with the Soap

Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn (1606-1669). Cupid with the Soap Bubbe, 1634. Oil on canvas.
© LIECHTENSTEIN. The Princely Collections, Vaduz-Vienna
At the end of the exhibition, an interactive area has been setup for visitors to explore art through interactive tablets and even try their hand at sketching and drawing – with paper, pencils and still life subjects thoughtfully provided.

Interactive Room


Guided tours of Princely Treasures from the House of Liechtenstein commence from 8 July 2013 onwards. These take place from Monday to Friday at 11.00 am, and 11.30 am and 2.30 pm on Saturdays and Sundays.

Special interactive tours for children will be conducted on 27 July, 10 August and 21 September. These will run from 11.00 am to 12.00 pm and 2.00 pm to 3.00 pm. During these tours, actor-facilitators will impart interesting facts about different European artist and their works to participants through role-play.

Visiting the Exhibition

Princely Treasures from the House of Liechtenstein is open from 10.00 am to 6.00 pm daily from 27 June to 29 September 2013.

It is located at the Exhibition Galleries 1 and 2 at the basement of the National Museum of Singapore.

Admission fee to the exhibition is $10. Admission is free for children below the age of 6 or local students with a valid Student Pass.

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