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An Infinity Rainbow World of Artworks with Yayoi Kusama

I entered the National Gallery Singapore and I was greeted by big yellow balls with black dots hanging from the courtyard ceiling of the City Hall. These unique and special artworks welcome us visitors into a very special, different, unique and abstract world, of one of the world’s most influential artists, Yayoi Kusama.

This marked the start of a rainbow journey, from a very colourful start with the brightest and most colourful artworks into the other end of the rainbow, into a black and white world. Located in three galleries (Gallery A, B and C) and the City Hall Chamber, visitors have over 120 works across media to view, explore, interact and connect with Yayoi Kusama, starting with her paintings from the 1950s to her modern artworks of today.

Entering into the world of artist Yayoi Kusama at the National Gallery Singapore, it’s more than just having the best Instagram worthy locations, it’s more than taking selfies and wefies with her mirrors artworks. Yayoi Kusama iconic and abstract artworks are more than just for photography opportunities, her artworks engage us in many ways of our life, space and fashion.

Upon entering into the world of Yayoi Kusama, I spotted and discovered, trends, patterns, colours, from polka dots and nets, pumpkins, infinity mirrors. I also started exploring space, colour and form from her amazing artworks across different media, from paintings to sculptures, collages and videos.

Yayoi Kusama works are bold, captivating, abstract, intriguing, mind blowing. With over 120 of her works on display, I just want to share these few key works below, that you have to visit:

The Spirits of the Pumpkins descended into the Heavens @ Gallery A

Infinity Mirrored Room – Gleaming Lights of the Souls @ Gallery B 

With all my Love for the Tulips, I pray forever @ Gallery C 

Life is the Heart of a Rainbow @ Gallery C

 Are we able to view and connect with her artworks in our daily life today? That’s the rainbow question for you, seeking the golden pot at the end of the rainbow, by visiting and discovering YAYOI KUSAMA: Life is the Heart of a Rainbow exhibition at the National Gallery Singapore.

When you enter into the world of Yayoi Kusama, do not rush, engage yourself and be involved with her artworks, the interaction and connection, feel them and capture them down in your memories, through your eyes, heart, soul and cameras. Remember to hashtag #SGLovesKusama, share your photos along with your inner most thoughts and feelings about/with Yayoi Kusama.

Personally, as a commercial/events/travel photographer, while I seldom enter into the foray of artistic/abstract photography, there is something very magical that feeds our creative soul, to learn from the creative artists of another discipline, through their eyes, heart, soul, ideas and ultimately their artworks. Through my Instagram, I shared some photos that I took at the exhibition with my thoughts and feelings. More photographs of YAYOI KUSAMA: Life is the Heart of a Rainbow Exhibition can be viewed in my Flickr collection.

I may not know where this will bring me or help me in my current photography adventures. There is one thing that comes up into my mind, that is to explore cross disciplinary artwork creations with artists from other fields with my photography. Maybe one day in the near future.

Flying into an infinity rainbow world of artworks with Yayoi Kusama and beyond, what goes beyond there? Now, it’s up to me to explore and discover what is waiting for me at the end of this infinity rainbow world.

I think I need to make another visit to YAYOI KUSAMA: Life is the Heart of a Rainbow Exhibition, maybe a few more visits.

YAYOI KUSAMA: Life is the Heart of a Rainbow Exhibition details

Dates: 9th June – 3rd September 2017

Venue: City Hall Wing, Level 3, Singtel Special Exhibition Gallery

Ticket details

Singaporeans / PR

All-Access Pass

  • Adult $15
  • Concession $10

Includes complimentary general admission + YAYOI KUSAMA: Life is the Heart of a Rainbow

Non-Singaporeans

All-Access Pass

  • Adult $30
  • Concession $25

Includes general admission + YAYOI KUSAMA: Life is the Heart of a Rainbow

Special Exhibition

  • Adult $25
  • Concession $20

YAYOI KUSAMA: Life is Heart of a Rainbow

Book Tickets

The YAYOI KUSAMA: Life is the Heart of a Rainbow exhibition is by timed-entry, stipulated on your ticket. Visitors can book their tickets online here: https://www.nationalgallery.sg/visit/admissions

For more information, check out the links below


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Children’s Season 2017 @ the National Museum

The June 2017 school holidays have arrived! Many many exciting activities, fun, excitement, exhibitions at Children’s Season Singapore, more than 120 exhibitions and activities by 29 partners, taking place across different museums and festival partners in Singapore.

The Children’s Season Singapore 2017 is big and diverse, jointly organised by the National Heritage Board and Museum Roundtable, there are many cultural and educational experiences that will attract our children, inspiring them, engaging them and educating them in the areas of history, heritage, culture, arts and education during the June 2017 school holidays season. This is a perfect time for family bonding and activities together at some of the various museums in Singapore during this school holidays season!

Before you enter into the world of Children’s Season Singapore, please collect the following Children’s Season kit/brochures before you begin your Children’s Season adventure –

I am going to share about what you and your family can see, look, do and enjoy at Children’s Season @ the National Museum of Singapore!

Bouncy Ride

Every Saturday & Sunday | 10am – 12pm & 4pm – 6pm

Last admission at 530pm

Front Lawn, Level 1

Suitable for ages 7 and up

First and foremost, when you arrive at the main entrance of the National Museum of Singapore, there is something that you cannot miss! The bumboat bouncy ride is an interactive ride and children will love it! This bouncy bumboat will be a good, fun and interactive play to share with the children on the history of bumboats transporting goods along the Singapore River until the 1980s.

The Soft Dome by Atelier YokYok

Saturday 27th May – Sunday 30th July | 10am – 550pm

Last admission at 540pm

Rotunda, Level 1

Suitable for ages 3 and up

When I saw this, I wanted to go in and play but I am not a young child anymore and I have to give priority to the children. Do you ever thought of lying down at the Rotunda and look up above? With this immersive and interactive installation, now the young children can have this amazing and wonderful opportunity!

Inside this installation, the children can lie down, look up above and admire one of National Museum most iconic architecture, the stained glass dome.

Children, for your own safety, please take note of the following

  • Wear comfortable clothing
  • No footwear allowed inside the installation except socks
  • For hygiene purposes, socks are required
  • For safety reasons, only a limited number of visitors are allowed in at each time slot

The Giant by Jean Jullien

Saturday 27th May – Sunday 30th July | 10am – 6pm

Last admission at 530pm

The Canyon, Basement

Suitable for ages 3 and up

The Giant is sleeping soundly and snoring very loudly inside the National Museum of Singapore. Children, now is the time for you, to have fun drawing and doodling on the Giant! Time to unleash your freedom of creative expression, a great family bonding activity time!

Children, do remember, not to wake the Giant up!

Our Favourite Places – Bumboat Trail

Co-developed with School of the Arts (SOTA)

Saturday 27th May – Sunday 30th July | 10am – 6pm

Last admission at 530pm

The Concourse, Level 1

Suitable for ages 3 and up

At this installation, the children can visit and set sail with the bumboats, to learn more about the history, heritage and cultural significance of the bumboats that ply the Singapore River and the also visit the historical sites such as the former Parliament House and Cavenagh Bridge along the Singapore River banks.

Our Favourite Places – Trolley Bus & Trishaw Trails

Co-developed with Nanyang Technological University, School of Art, Design and Media, Graduate Programme

Saturday 27th May – Sunday 30th July | 10am – 6pm

Last admission at 530pm

Glass Atrium, Level 2

Suitable for ages 5 and up

Children, time to hop on a trolley bus and explore Chinatown, Kampong Glam, Little India and Katong, Singapore’s cultural heritage sites, by using your senses of taste, touch, smell and sight. Remember to stop by and indulge in some art and craft work, you can decorate very own Peranakan tile and more!

Children, you can also peddle back in time on a trishaw, into the 1970s and 1980s, visiting popular entertainment venues such as amusement parks and Singapore Zoo. There are interactive sensory stations, remember to stop by and have fun there exploring!

Beside the installations and exhibitions, there are also other programmes, story telling sessions, tours and workshops at the National Museum during the Children’s Season Singapore.

More information can be found on the website www.museums.com.sg/cs17

The National Gallery Singapore is also one of the participating museum for the Children’s Season Singapore, one of the museums of the Museum Roundtable. I visited their Children’s Biennale recently, do drop by my article and check out what you can discover and have a fun family bonding time there! I am planning to visit some of the other participating museums involved in Children’s Season Singapore, I would share my stories and photos if I do visit them!

Parents and adults, the Children’s Season is a perfect time to bring your children/nephews/nieces out to the various museums/galleries in Singapore, visit, participate and have a good family bonding time together! Enjoy and have lots of fun at Children’s Season Singapore!

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.

Level 1

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.

Level 2

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!

Duplet

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?

Level 3

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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Common Grounds – Gallery Open House @ National Gallery Singapore

The National Gallery Singapore upsized weekend festival Common Grounds took place on 11th and 12th June 2016. This was a festival packed with many different types of fun interactive activities for all visitors to participate and enjoy.

What were some of the fun and exciting programmes that were held during the Common Grounds weekend festival? Let me bring you there with my stories and photos ~

Art Alive

There were a number of 3D photo backdrops and floor vinyl located across different segments of National Gallery Singapore, bringing the artworks from the exhibitions to life. Art Alive was popular with the visitors there, it was really interesting and funny to see how they strike funny body poses and faces when they were at the various 3D photo backdrops.

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Nostalgic Pop Up Market

Reliving the past through the markets, the pop-up street scape at the National Gallery’s basement concourse. Traditional nostalgic games like the chapteh or pick-up sticks proved to be a fun and enjoyable leisure activity for both the young and adults! The Chinese calligraphy writing was popular too, a queue was spotted waiting to meet the Chinese calligraphy master and collecting their beautiful calligraphy artwork! There were also paper cutting and a chance to take a photo with the trishaw too!

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Family Fun

There were events for families with children to participate together, through art-making. These art events served as a good bonding time for the whole family and it was ideal for the young children to explore art and craft at a young age.

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Fusion Music Performances

At the Padang Atrium, this location is going to transform into a hot spot for watching performances in the future. The talented musicians from various disciplines, from traditional to the contemporary, from jazz to world music, all of them performed a musical feast for the ears at the Padang Atrium, entertaining the visitors with the different types of music.

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Kopi Talk

This event Kopi Talk, is an interactive and experiential storytelling activity, with the questions based on hawker food, heritage and related art. This was all about sharing and chatting with strangers in your group, along with a cuppa of kopi or teh. The activity was simple yet very interesting, draw a card from the 2 sets of cards, read out the question to the rest of the group and start sharing away! These topics touched my heart a lot, somehow, I managed to share quite a fair bit there during Kopi Talk with the people inside my small group interaction.

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With more interesting and interactive events taking place at National Gallery Singapore, it is slowly building up its presence and branding among the various museums and heritage institutions in Singapore.


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Gallery After Hours at National Gallery Singapore

A night at the National Gallery Singapore, the After Hours packed with different interesting events beyond visiting the various art galleries inside there. Gallery After Hours happened on 29th April 2016 and it was a good time to visit the National Gallery Singapore again! I haven’t seen all the art exhibitions inside the various galleries of the National Gallery Singapore yet!

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Food, drinks and music performances were the programme highlights of Gallery After Hours, there were French Wine and cheese tasting, I saw them from the outside and didn’t get to try it out at Gallery & Co, located at City Hall Building Level 1. I hope to attend the French Wine and cheese tasting in the future!

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The glass enclosure segment that connects the City Hall Building and former Supreme Court, is going to be popular spot for photographers to capture different views of the amazing architectural facades of these two historical and iconic buildings. This is known as the Padang Atrium and during Gallery After Hours, there were electronic music performances held there. Visitors sat on the steps, watching and listening to the electronic music performances. While it is not an official performance ground, I reckon it will be a great outdoor performance area in an indoor enclosure!

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On the Gallery After Hours night, I also visited its first international special exhibition, Reframing Modernism, co-curated and co-presented with Centre Pompidou, Paris. This is a very interesting and intriguing arts exhibition, showcasing more than 200 artworks from about 50 artists, with approximately half from Centre Pompidou and the other half from Southeast Asia. This special exhibition is also the inaugural exhibition at the Singtel Special Exhibition Gallery. Reframing Modernism challenges the existing paradigm on the presentation of the modern painting, visitors inside the Reframing Modernism exhibition are invited to connect with the artworks, to draw their own personal connections and conclusions, about the history of modernism and the development of art in Southeast Asia. This unique exhibition, Reframing Modernism, gave me a lot to view, think and connect. It felt mysterious, at times mind blowing, I hope to visit again and re-connect with the artworks again.

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Reframing Modernism exhibition will be at the Singtel Special Exhibition Gallery, located at City Hall Building Level 3 until 17th July 2016. Admission charges into Reframing Modernism exhibition are at $15 and $25 for Singaporeans and Non-Singaporeans respectively. For more information, do visit the National Gallery Singapore website! I strongly encourage you to visit Reframing Modernism and the other art galleries as well!

After visiting Reframing Modernism, I went up to the roof top terrace on the 6th floor, namely Padang Deck and Coleman Deck. This two spots had some great views of both modern and historical Singapore. It’s simply amazing, it’s so beautiful. I want to come back again to the Padang Deck and Coleman Deck, to capture the views of modern and historical Singapore at different times of the day, morning, afternoon, evening sunset and night landscapes.

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It was a fun night of Gallery After Hours at the National Gallery Singapore. Visiting art galleries, food, drinks and music performances, a fun time for friends to get together, visit National Gallery Singapore and have a fun night! I would plan and visit National Gallery Singapore again, for Reframing Modernism and landscape photography from the Padang and Coleman Decks.

I would like to thank National Gallery Singapore for the invitation to Gallery After Hours!

National Gallery Singapore

On Tuesday 24th November 2015, this marked a significant, important and official day that the National Gallery Singapore re-opened her doors to the public after a period of renovation. I looked back at my archives and found an article that I wrote in 2010, titled “National Art Gallery Singapore Open House” and I still have a collection of photographs that I took of the former Supreme Court and City Hall (inside my backup portable hard disk) before she closed for the massive renovations and the metamorphosis into the National Gallery Singapore today.

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There would be two weeks of festivities from 24th November to 6th December 2015 and there is something for everybody to visit the National Gallery Singapore and be a part of this milestone in Singapore’s history. There are major activities and events during the two weeks, Art Carnival, Let’s Talk About Art, Follow Your Bliss, Film and Music & Dance – Step Into The Beat. More information can be found on the National Gallery Singapore website and this would allow you to plan your visit to the National Gallery Singapore.

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Prior to the official opening day on the 24th November 2015, I was honoured to be given the opportunity to tour the National Gallery Singapore along with the various Instagram community groups in Singapore for the Gallery Insta-Meet on Saturday 14th November afternoon. While I shared some snippets of the National Gallery Singapore on my Instagram, today, on the 24th November 2015, along with the official day that the National Gallery Singapore is re-opened. I would now share more of my photographs and stories from my visit during the Gallery Insta-Meet.

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It was really great to visit the two iconic national monuments, the former Supreme Court and City Hall again, now combined and joined together to form the National Gallery Singapore. There are a number of art galleries inside the National Gallery Singapore and I strongly encourage you to book your tickets to visit the various grand art galleries inside there. Most of the heritage, design, furniture and architecture were preserved to her heyday when the former Supreme Court and City Hall played major roles in Singapore’s colonial history and early independence years.

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During my Gallery Insta-Meet event, I explored new places that I never thought that I am able to see up close, the former Supreme Court Terrace whereby I was able to see the dome and inside the Rotunda. A new, interesting and unique design would be the Link Bridges: Upper Link and Lower Link that joined the City Hall and former Supreme Court together. The sheltered walkway space where the Link Bridges are located, is something new with the area enclosed by a metal and glass canopy, supported by tree-like columns, turning it into a civic plaza in the sky with the connection of the two National Monuments.

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While my photography collection from my Gallery Insta-Meet can bring you into a visual tour of the National Gallery Singapore, nothing beats going down to the real destination, the National Gallery Singapore, to visit and tour the two National Monuments, the various art galleries, getting more connected and in touch with Singapore’s history, heritage, conservation and preservation.

National Gallery Singapore is once again open to the public, let’s all visit and welcome the National Gallery Singapore, a new visual arts institution, into our network of museums in Singapore.

** Here are some useful information and links to plan your visit to National Gallery Singapore **

Website: National Gallery Singapore

Facebook: National Gallery Singapore Facebook Page

Instagram: National Gallery Singapore

Twitter: National Gallery Singapore

YouTube: National Gallery Singapore

ADMISSION

Tickets are required for admission into the Gallery buildings

DIRECTIONS

By MRT

5-minute walk from City Hall MRT station.

10-minute walk from Clarke Quay and Raffles Place MRT stations.

By Taxi

Nearest taxi stand is located at the Adelphi.

ENQUIRIES

Tel: 6271 7000

Email: info@nationalgallery.sg

Address

1 St Andrew’s Road, Singapore 178957

* Information from National Gallery Singapore website *


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