Jun 22 2011
Art fans in Singapore are in for a real treat: the ArtScience Museum is hosting exhibits by Salvador Dali and Vincent van Gogh until close to the end of 2011.
Like the rooftop observation deck and indoor skating rink, the ArtScience Museum is one of the family-friendly attractions added to Marina Bay Sands to prove this luxury hotel and casino complex isn’t just for high-rollers. Since its opening in February reviews of the museum have been mixed, especially considering the hefty S$30 admission fee, but with exhibits from two of my favourite painters, now seemed like the right time to go.
Dali: The Mind of a Genius is a fitting tribute to the world’s most famous surrealist. The first piece of the exhibit is the iconic melting clock and then visitors walk through Dali’s face to a room filled with bizarre sketches and sculptures. The exhibit may not have any of his famous paintings, but there’s plenty of interesting pieces like the long-legged elephants, drawings of insect-women, and a cherry-red sofa shaped like actress Mae West’s lips.
A warning to the prudish – there’s a lot of nudity (yes, even in Singapore).
Though Dali is the surrealist, it was Van Gogh Alive: the exhibition that left me bewildered: the museum does not have any of his original art. If I had read the official description of the exhibit more carefully – “an artistically choreographed sequence of sights and sounds” – maybe I would have been less surprised.
Call me old-fashioned, but projecting images of paintings onto the walls and playing classical music isn’t really an art exhibit, it’s more like a van Gogh-themed listening party. That said, it is an impressive room and van Gogh’s paintings of starry skies and ruddy-cheeked Dutch children cover every surface. In one corner of the room are prints of his most famous paintings like Sunflowers and Starry Night with information about what inspired them. Photography and filming are not permitted in this exhibit, but I managed to snap one shot to give a general idea what visitors can expect.
While these two exhibits are on, the ArtScience Museum is offering hands-on creative workshops for children. Aspiring artists can bake some Dali-inspired shrinky-dinks or try to paint like van Gogh. There is no additional cost to participate and the activities schedule can be found online.
The ArtScience Museum presents Dali: Mind of a Genius until October 30 and Van Gogh Alive until November 6, 2011. Admission is S$30 for adults, S$27 for seniors, S$17 for children age 2 – 12, and free for children under 2.
The ArtScience Museum
T: (65) 6688 8826
Open daily 10:0 –22:00 (last admission at 21:00)
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