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National Gallery Singapore Children’s Biennale

A Biennale, this word originates from Biennale, an international art exhibition held every two years at Venice, Italy. In today’s context, it is a large art exhibition held biennially. I had visited the past few editions of Singapore Biennale, however, for a children’s biennale, this is something very new, interesting and exciting to me! A large art exhibition for the children, a Children’s Biennale at the National Gallery Singapore. The Gallery’s Children’s Biennale is about dreams and stories.

From 20th May 2017 to 8th October, the children in Singapore has a large art exhibition dedicated to them, to learn, participate and enjoy themselves at the National Gallery Singapore. Since June is the school holidays season, it’s a perfect time for parents to bring their children down to National Gallery Singapore for Children’s Biennale, the first ever Gallery Children’s Biennale!

At the Gallery Children’s Biennale, there are many artworks for the children to learn, enjoy and have fun. For the parents and adults, you can also participate together with the children too! What are the artworks and activities that you can do together with your children at Gallery Children’s Biennale?

Let me share with you my (back to being a child) journey into Children’s Biennale at National Gallery Singapore –

First and foremost, pick up a Gallery Children’s Biennale Art Pack at Level B1 ticketing counter, costing just $5, they are the passport kit set to have fun there, information and tools, consisting of activity cards, kid-sized festival pass, cute rainbow pencil and many more! Once you have the Children’s Biennale Art Pack, it’s time to start the fun rolling with your children!

Open the festival map, you can see that the artworks are spread over 4 levels, Level B1, 1, 2 and 3. You can choose your own adventure flow or you can start from Level B1, followed by Levels 1, 2 and 3. Every artwork tells a story, whereby the child can learn and see the world through the eyes of the artists. Let me start from Level B1

Level B1

Rock & Sphere

Ian Woo | City Hall Wing, Level B1, Auditorium Anteroom | Until 24th September  

What can happen with two objects that can be taken apart and rearranged into something else, new forms, shapes and sizes, based on your own imagination and creativity.

Time to let the children unleash their creativity and imagination!

Homogenizing and Transforming World

teamLab | City Hall, Level B1, The Ngee Ann Kongsi Concourse Gallery

Navigate your way through the maze of glowing orbs that change colour and produce sounds when touched. Probably another one of the visitors favourite artworks of Children’s Biennale!

The Obliteration Room

Yayoi Kusama | Supreme Court Win, Level B1, Concourse Gallery 2

This artwork, in my personal opinion, could be the most popular artwork of Gallery Children’s Biennale. A creative and colourful avenue for the children to paste colourful stickers all over the furniture and walls of this white room.

I can’t wait to see how this room transforms into on the last day of the Gallery Children’s Biennale. I haven’t paste my colourful stickers yet and I want to return back there again.

Firewalk: A Bridge of Embers

Mark Justiniani | Supreme Court Wing, Level B1, Outside Concourse Gallery 2

Take a walk, on this very special bridge. You MUST LOOK DOWN while you walk and do not be afraid! Observe and discover the many different artefacts and items, from the excavations of the former Supreme Court building below.

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Being Yourself

Chng Seok Tin | Padang Atrium, Level 1

The artist’s woodcuts on the wall tell a few stories. The children can feel, touch and colour out the stories from the woodcuts on a piece of tracing paper. This form of art and craft paperwork brought back memories to me when I was a young student doing such form of art and craft. Somehow, it can be pretty therapeutic art and craft activity.

From Rochor to Kallang

Vincent Leow | City Hall Wing, Level 1, City Hall Foyer

An interesting (and probably a little bit abstract) artwork, inspired by the iconic colourful HDB blocks of Rochor Centre, they had recently relocated to the Kallang area. Listen to the sounds of nature as you explore those wooden towers with interesting items kept inside the bird traps.

Let Your Imagination Take Flight

City Hall Wing, Level 1

Visit the refreshed Keppel Centre for Art Education, explore the spaces and activities that the children would love.

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A Guide to the Flora and Fauna of the World, Children’s Edition

Robert Zhao | City Hall Wing, Level 2, Social Table

The human race has changed the Earth landscape tremendously over the centuries. What are some of the animals, plants and environments that have been affected by the actions of the human race? Visit this artwork to discover and learn more about them!

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Lynn Lu | City Hall Wing, Level 2, Singapore Courtyard

This is an interesting artwork. There is a cloud artwork beside the wall, your family can sit down together below the cloud, then everyone of you pop your heads into the cloud, look at the questions posed by the artist and answer them.

This Changed My Life

Lynn Lu | City Hall Wing, Level 2, Singapore Courtyard

This is one of my favourite artworks! We usually pen down our memories, thoughts and feelings on pieces of paper, at this particular artwork station, it’s slightly different. The children (and adults) can pen down a significant memory on a piece of ribbon. Thereafter, bring it into the room and tie it across the room, forming a web of shared memories.

I am wondering how all those web memories would transform into, as more visitors contribute and pen their significant memories?

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The Sonnet in Blue

Tran Trong Vu | Supreme Court Wing, Level 3, Supreme Court Foyer

This is like a playground, a maze of handmade flowers with poems and stories written on the petals. The children will love to play hide and seek with you at this artwork!

As an adult, I really had a great time at the first Gallery Children’s Biennale! Personally, I think inside every adult, there is a child inside you that is waiting to appear again, enjoying the carefree childhood fun days.

To all parents with children and adults with nephews and nieces, the National Gallery Singapore Children’s Biennale is something magical, fun, experential, interactive and learning. This is an excellent and wonderful family bonding time, the young children can learn about artworks, explore their curiousity and creativity.

If you are an adult (young or old), why not visit Gallery Children’s Biennale, explore the artworks and be a young child again? I am planning to go back and revisit the National Gallery Singapore Children’s Biennale again. There are some artworks that I haven’t fully cover/photograph in detail and I also want to play with the artworks again. Which artworks do you think that I would be going back to?

For more information and details of the Children’s Biennale and other programmes, visit their website – www.childrensbiennale.com. If you are sharing your Children’s Biennale adventure photos on social media platforms, do hashtag #childrensbiennale !


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Singapore Biennale 2016 – An Atlas of Mirrors

The Singapore Biennale 2016, with the theme “An Atlas of Mirrors”, was recently concluded on the 26th February 2017, having started on 27th October 2016. This was the fifth edition of the Singapore Biennale and I am glad that I managed to visit most of the artwork exhibitions present at Singapore Biennale 2016 before it ended. Looking back at my own personal Singapore Biennale visits, I covered four out of five editions, starting from year 2008, 2011, 2013 and 2016, with photographs that I took during my visits to Singapore Biennale curated and consolidated inside this Flickr collection.

The theme “An Atlas of Mirrors” for Singapore Biennale 2016, was on the instruments of vision and navigation to explore around the world used by the human race. The atlas was used by the human race to explore and venture all around the world, to discover the unknown and open up new chapters in history and time, not just in terms of landing on a new country, it’s also about the cultural, sociological and psychological revolution and evolution. As the human race used atlas and maps over centuries of exploration, scientific development and technology growth, coupled with more rapid and intense human movement around the world.

Do we know, how and where we see ourselves, see the world, see the future, from we we are right now? With the growth and boom of information technology, internet and social media, are we even learning more about each other from different parts of the world? Or have we retreated into mountains and caves, becoming even more isolated than the industrial revolution era? Do we need the mirror to constantly look at ourselves and ask ourselves questions?

Over my four visits to Singapore Biennale, from 2008 to 2016, they had always been an eye opener for me, not just for my eyes, also for my heart, mind and soul. There were times when some of the artworks by the artists were too deep and complex for me to understand and relate. There were also some artworks that clicked immediately with my mind, heart and soul. The Singapore Biennale is one mega arts event that allow me to explore and learn more about contemporary art in Singapore, the region and around the world.

Couple an atlas and mirror together, that’s the theme for Singapore Biennale 2016 “An Atlas of Mirrors”. While I can’t say that I have every answer to the things I said in my earlier paragraphs, at the very least, it pushed me to think beyond the views and experiences that I have inside me currently, in the business world, in my photography and in life.

Due to personal situations that happened in the last quarter of 2016 and early 2017, I wasn’t able to split my time and visit the Singapore Biennale 2016 a few times, to slowly absorb and understand the artists abstract artworks and the meanings behind them. I only managed to visit them just four days before her closing day. Nevertheless, I am very glad that I did it, feeding my my mind, heart and soul with contemporary art from Singapore Biennale.

Some of the artworks at Singapore Biennale 2016 connected with me in some ways or another, here are some of them

  • There are those who stay / There are those who go
  • The Great East Indiaman
  • Cooking the World
  • “If you can dream a better world you can make a better world or perhaps travel between them”
  • Black Forest 2016
  • History Repeats Itself
  • One Has to Wander through All the Outer Worlds to Reach the Innermost Shrine at the End
  • The Covenant
  • Melampaul Batas (Beyond Boundaries)
  • SONICreflection

Do visit my Flickr folder – Singapore Biennale 2016 and view more photographs that I took during my exploration and adventure of the contemporary art festival!

I leave you with this short video recording (that I did with the Canon EOS M5 review camera unit that I was reviewing during the time when I was at Singapore Biennale 2016) on the artwork produced by Melissa Tan from Singapore, titled “If you can dream a better world you can make a better world or perhaps travel between them”

As the Singapore Biennale 2016 concluded her fifth edition, have you ask yourself, from where you are right now, how do you visualise the world, and see for yourself where you are right now and into the future?


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What is Not Visible is Not Invisible ?

A contemporary, modern and abstract art exhibition based on the article title above “What is Not Visible is Not Invisible”, what comes to your mind when you read this sentence? What do you think would be the different types and artwork mediums that define this type of contemporary art exhibition?

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I visited the world of “What is Not Visible is Not Invisible” in Singapore, they are currently being hosted at the Exhibition Galleries, Basement of The National Museum of Singapore. Upon entering into this world, some parts are imaginary, some are tangible, some require your imagination to see the invisible behind the visible. Some artworks can be pretty abstract and not easy to understand, that is also the beauty of contemporary and modern art.

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There must be questions inside your mind now, where is “What is Not Visible is Not Invisible” from? Who are the artists behind them? What is the exhibition about?

This special and unique contemporary art exhibition features selected artworks from the French Regional Collections of Contemporary Art (FRAC). They explore with a broad perspective, surveying and sharing their thoughts, ideas, feelings and emotions through their artworks. A total of 34 artworks by 32 French and international artists, navigating a transient journey through philosophy, tangible, some are conventional, some are unconventional, some are pretty abstract and deeply rooted, profound, mind-boggling yet modest and grounded.

As you walked through the exhibition galleries, the artworks attract you, calling out to you, encouraging you to come into their world, to play, interact and immerse yourself inside the artworks. What do you see? What is Not Visible? What is Not Invisible? What is Not Visible is Not Invisible? Can you feel the intangible, the emotions and relationship with the artworks?

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Visit The National Museum of Singapore and have an experiential artwork journey into the world of “What is Not Visible is Not Invisible Exhibition”. They can open up your mind, eyes, heart and soul, to relate, connect and understand relationships, the tangible versus the intangible, the abstract between the organic, structured and finally the visible and invisible in our world.

If you a fan of the Biennale, the What is Not Visible is Not Invisible Exhibition fits in perfectly for the upcoming Singapore Biennale 2016. Don’t miss it!

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What is Not Visible is Not Invisible Exhibition

  • Location: Exhibition Galleries, Basement, The National Museum of Singapore
  • Period: 7th October 2016 to 19th February 2017
  • Opening Hours: 10am to 7pm (from 1pm on Thursdays)
  • Fees: Free admission for Singaporeans, Permanent Residents and visitors aged 6 years and below

Admission Charges (Source: The National Museum of Singapore website)

  Citizens & Permanent
Residents
(Please present your identification card)
Non-Citizens & Non-Permanent
Residents
Adult Free $8
Concessions1
Senior Free $4
Student2 Free $4
Special Access (Adult/Senior/Student) Free  $4
SIA-Krisflyer Special Rate Free  $6

*NTUC Cardholders: Present your membership or credit card at the Visitor Services counter to enjoy special admission privileges. 

Valid proof of identity must be presented at the Visitor Services counter. Terms and conditions apply.

2Applies to non-Singaporean and non-Permanent Resident students from the following types of schools:

  • Govt Aided Schools / Singapore Universities: eg. NAFA, LaSalle, SOTA, Sports School, NUS, NTU, SMU, SUTD
  • Independent Local Schools: eg. Hwa Chong School Int’l, NUS High
  • Private Schools and other non-member International Schools in Singapore: eg. Kaplan, MDIS, SIM, LaSalle International
  • Students from Overseas Schools

A valid School Pass/ID must be presented to enjoy concession price.


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Singapore Biennale Closing Weekend

Singapore Biennale is drawing to a close this coming weekend of Saturday 15th February and Sunday 16th February. The Singapore Biennale journey had been a fun and interesting adventure for me, with many different photographs over the various unique, artistic, abstract and wonderful artworks by many different artists. If you haven’t visited the Singapore Biennale yet or haven’t visited all of the Singapore Biennale artworks, do come down to the various venues this coming weekend of 15th and 16th February 2014!

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There are many exciting programs lined up for the Singapore Biennale Closing Weekend, check out their Facebook Events page for more details here! For the Singapore Biennale Closing Weekend, it is Free Admission and Extended Opening Hours!

Here are some quick details attached below (from Singapore Biennale Facebook Events Page) –

Fri, 14 Feb – Sat, 15 Feb: 10am – 9pm
Sun, 16 Feb: 10am – 7pm

1. From 14 – 15 Feb, gallery opening hours will be extended to 9pm for SB exhibits at the following venues: SAM, SAM at 8Q, NMS and TPM.

2. From 14 – 16 Feb, there will be free admission to the SB exhibits at the following venues: SAM, SAM at 8Q, NMS and TPM.

3. To sweeten the deal for SB visitors, there will be free admission for all from 14 – 16 Feb to the SB parallel exhibition, “A Changed World: Singapore Art 1950s – 1970s”. This gallery will also offer extended opening hours to 9pm for both 14 and 15 Feb.

For more information on the Singapore Biennale Closing Weekend and its programmes, please visit www.singaporebiennale.org

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This is my 3rd Singapore Biennale that I attended, the memories from my three Singapore Biennale adventures can be found here in my Flickr collection! Do take the chance to visit Singapore Biennale during this closing weekend, have a fun time, viewing and enjoying the many artworks on display there at Singapore Biennale!


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Singapore Biennale 2013 – 26 Oct 2013 to 16 Feb 2014

Singapore Biennale 2013 – If The World Changed, the title of the 4th Edition of Singapore Biennale. In the 21st century, the pace of change, transformation and metamorphosis is at an unprecedented pace beyond any experience by any preceding generations. The changes are great and they are making changes to how we view our time and world in both the external and internal worlds of ours. Singapore Biennale 2013 explores this continuous changes with their artists line up through their own interpretations, meditations, reflections and making propositions through the displays of their artworks at Singapore Biennale 2013.

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While this is the 4th edition of Singapore Biennale, this is the 3rd time I am following Singapore Biennale, with my first encounter in 2008 and second encounter in 2011. Here’s my Singapore Biennale photographs collection on Flickr! Singapore Biennale always intrigues me and I am amazed by the various artists artworks, their interpretations, thoughts, feelings and ideas through their marvellous and sometimes abstract artworks. In this constantly changing and evolving society, I am seeking to explore and capture the changes in Singapore’s history, heritage, architecture, landscapes and culture before they are changed into something else. Like the title for Singapore Biennale 2013 “If The World Changed”, I hope to seek inspiration and ideas from the various artists and their artworks to continue my own personal photojournalistic adventure in documenting, photographing, writing and sharing the old and new things in Singapore when it change.

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I had just started photographing Singapore Biennale 2013 artworks and I hope to cover all of them during this exhibition period from 26th October 2013 to 16th February 2014. Along my journey during Singapore Biennale 2013, if I discover an artwork that strikes me deeply and emotionally, I will share it with my readers and followers here.

The artworks that I covered from 26th October 2013 to 2nd November 2013 were as follows (with the links to the respective artist’s bio and profile) –

Road to Nirvana

Wormhole

National Theatre @ 50

Toy (Churning of the Sea of Milk)

2243 : Moving Forward

Bamboo-Bonsai-ing

Lumbung Ilmu

Among the initial artworks that I visited and photographed, the artworks Road to Nirvana, Wormhole, Bamboo-Bonsai-ing and National Theatre @ 50, gave me a lot to ponder, reflect and explore it further. How will these different intriguing, amazing and wonderful artworks be able to give me the ideas and directions to capture Singapore’s changes better? While I seek an answer or many answers, I will continue to explore and share about Singapore Biennale 2013 here with my photographs and thoughts.

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If you are visiting and exploring Singapore Biennale 2013, here are useful links and information for Singapore Biennale 2013

Singapore Biennale 2013 website

Singapore Biennale 2013 Facebook Page

Singapore Art Museum Twitter Account

Singapore Art Museum Instagram Account 

Singapore Biennale 2013 promisees to be an exciting and intriguing arts event and exhibition. Share it with your family, loved ones and friends, visit Singapore Biennale 2013 and explore “If The World Changed”. Do keep a lookout here on my photography site, Facebook Page, InstagramFlickr and 500px when I share my Singapore Biennale 2013 journey, photographs, thoughts and feelings, in my journey to explore “If The World Changed”.


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Singapore Biennale 2011 – The Merlion Hotel

The Marina Bay Singapore, an area that went through many transformations, changes, expansion and growth, along with Singapore’s prosperity and success. It’s not just a business hub now, new parks and leisure activities are coming up, the Marina Bay would be converted into a leisure lifestyle area with water and recreational activities, with the business and hospitality elements along with it.

For Singapore Biennale 2011, it was one of the 4 venues and this year, they made something very unique and exceptional to me and others, however, it has its critics too. There was this something special known as The Merlion Hotel! There were people asking, “Is there such a hotel?”, for the Singapore Biennale 2011, Singapore’s iconic landmark, The Merlion, was transformed by Japanese Artist, Tatzu Nishi, with his combination of art object and viewer experience, into a luxury hotel suite armed with a beautiful and panoramic view of the Marina Bay, from the Esplande Bridge to Esplanade, Marina Square, Helix Bridge, Marina Bay Sands and Marina Bay Financial District.

This experience of being so close to an iconic giant landmark (you are quite close to The Merlion head) and the feeling is, you are looking out, admiring the beauty of Marina Bay, along with The Merlion! For visitors who managed to book this special and unique suite for the night, I reckon they would have an awesome and very unique experience that would probably not be available again! On the last day of Singapore Biennale 2011, I was very lucky to squeeze into the last few batches of visitors (it was past their last entry time) to see, feel and touch The Merlion up close and personal!!

Ladies and Gentlemen, welcome to The Merlion Hotel!


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Singapore Biennale 2011 – SAM at 8Q

Singapore Biennale 2011 may have ended recently and I used the very last day to rush down visiting/touring the other venues of Singapore Biennale 2011, Singapore Arts Museum and SAM at 8Q, before the beautiful artworks would no longer be around. Similar to my Biennale experiences at Old Kallang Airport, I was just as impressed and mesmerised by the artists art works at Singapore Arts Museum and SAM at 8Q.

Some artists works were very tangible and abstract, while some others were imagery and media connectivity. Each displayed their own unique artistic views and displays, from their point of view, embracing their deep thoughts, ideas and emotions. With their own uniqueness, I greatly admired 2 local artists works, Tan Pin Pin and Koh Nguang How, they brought back part of my childhood and teenage memories of growing up, remembering the history and changes of Singapore during my period of growing up.

I shall rest my writing and let my photographs from the wonderful and talented artists of Singapore Biennale 2011 share their artistic adventures


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Singapore Biennale 2011 – Old Kallang Airport

The Singapore Biennale 2011, in its third edition, a very interesting and big eye-opener for the arts scene in Singapore. The theme this year is “Open House”, presented and hosted across 4 different venues in Singapore, Singapore Arts Museum, National Museum of Singapore, 8Q and Old Kallang Airport. What is “Open House” all about ? From the Singapore Biennale website, ” ….. ‘Open House’ brings together artworks that offer multiple perspectives and myriad creative approaches to questions of how we move across borders, see other points of view, and form connections with others.”

Of the 4 locations, my first stop was at Old Kallang Airport, I have been looking forward to visiting the Terminal building of Old Kallang Airport, to mesmerise myself with looking out from the viewing gallery/windows and admiring the landscape. More information on the Old Kallang Airport venue for Biennale 2011, can be found here. With a rich and old history, Singapore’s first civilian airport opened in 1937 to 1955, it is now an iconic landmark in Singapore. The exhibits and artworks at the Old Kallang Airport venue were placed inside the East Block, Garden, West Block, Hangar and Terminal Building. With an extensive list of artists line-up there, with the theme for Old Kallang Airport venue – of international air and sea ports fitting in perfectly for the venue.

My experiences and time spent at the Old Kallang Airport were awesome and fun. Some artworks and exhibits were intriguing, participative, challenging and mind opening, while the segment on Self-Portrait, Our Landscape was very heartwarming. I might not be able to cover all the artists artworks, exhibits and displays here or on my photos on flickr, nevertheless, the artists on the site of Old Kallang Airport deserves a big round of applause and recognition.

Personally, my most memorable experience at Old Kallang Airport was climbing up the flight of stairs of the Terminal Building control/lookout tower, intrigued by the words and exhibits of Nedko Solakov, it began an adventure of searching and finding words and phrases scribbled and written across at odd places while I am climbing up the stairs and if you looked hard enough and opened your eyes, observing very well, the rewards were simply great views of the landscape around the Old Kallang Airport.

Long words and stories do not do justice to the artworks and exhibits at Old Kallang Airport venue, I shall now let my photographs do the talking ……….


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