So glad that the ArtScience Museum @ Marina Bay Sands made the decision to lower their ticket prices for exhibitions for Singapore residents. ‘Cos for sure locals and residents will keep going back to see what they have in store. Last week, I was chuffed to find out that I just need to pay $20 for an all-access pass to see both Da Vinci: Shaping the Future (RP: $25; $19 for SG) and Prudential Singapore Eye: Celebrating Singapore’s Contemporary Art (RP: $13; $9 for SG), as well as to the permanent ArtScience gallery (“which really doesn’t have much to see,” the nice staff hinted).
Well, the star exhibition is worth the ticket price money alone… Da Vinci: Shaping the Future focuses on the work and life of artist and scientist Leonardo da Vinci, showcasing his brilliance in science, maths, architecture and art primarily though his original notes which has been compiled into a gigantic book form called the Codex Atlanticus, and which is presented here in Southeast Asia for the very first time.
The displays are easy to follow and there are also many interactive elements for visitors to try their hands (and brains) to work out what went through Da Vinci’s mind when he was inventing. Look out for “hidden” rooms where local and foreign artists are asked to create installations based on the scientist’s findings. As for videos, my favourite is the one on “The Mapping of The Last Supper” as experts explain just how well-structured artistically and architecturally Da Vinci’s most famous religious painting is (pictured below). The artist’s famous paintings (Mona Lisa, The Last Supper, et al) are exhibited here via his students’ reproductions which ain’t half bad – at least you get to see the details up close and not behind a barrier and bullet-proof glass…
Prudential Singapore Eye
It’s great that there are more venues in Singapore that showcase contemporary artwork by local and other Asian artists, because in recent times, there have been a couple of real memorable ones. Prudential Singapore Eye: Celebrating Singapore’s Contemporary Art features the works of 17 local contemporary artists the likes of Angela Chong, Justin Loke and Mintio, as well the finalists of this year’s Prudential Eye Awards.
Here’s are my 5 fave exhibits (which are mostly of the nominees):
Crystal City 006 by Wu Chi-Tsung, Taiwan
– This is really cool. A LED light on a moving track, throwing light on plastic boxes pasted on a wall. As the light moves, the shadows projected from the boxes make them appear like buildings growing in a city. Awesome.
Bottles and Fans (2010) by Chen Sai Hua Kuan, Singapore
– Not a 2015 nominee but you can’t miss this exhibit as it produces musical sounds that you are familiar with thanks to mini travelling fans placed on top of glass bottles of various sizes filled with water. Super cool.
Da Vinci: Shaping the Future runs till 17 May 2015.
Prudential Singapore Eye: Celebrating Singapore’s Contemporary Art runs till 28 June 2015.
For more info, visit www.marinabaysands.com/museum.html
P/S: In the month of Feb 2015, an all-access ticket offers a free Chinese New Year Fanta Orange bottle which is redeemable at the museum retail shop at B2. Only noticed the promo when I got home… Was not informed by ticketing staff, not even the retail shop staff when I bought not one but two soft drink bottles to quench my thirst after walking for hours… Miffed…
All Photos by Marguerita Tan Photography 2015. No text or images are to be used without permission from the blog author.