EVENTS,  OUTFITS

National Gallery: Minimalism: Space. Light. Object

I visited the latest exhibition held in a first-ever collaboration between the National Gallery and the ArtScience Museum yesterday! Minimalism: Space. Light. Object is split among two venues and will be running until mid-April 2019. I took some pictures of my favourite pieces as usual:

Mega Death by Tatsuo Miyajima at the National Gallery Singapore.Mega Death by Tatsuo Miyajima, 1999/2016
LED, IC, electric wire & infrared sensor

Mega Death is a dark room lit only by blue LED lights – numbers that count down at different rates, until suddenly the entire room plunges into darkness. The intervals are pretty long, so we were lucky to have viewed this piece at the right time to experience it!

Room For One Colour by Olafur Eliasson at the National Gallery Singapore.Room For One Colour by Olafur Eliasson, 1997
Monofrequency lamps

The caption says it best:

This room is illuminated by monofrequency lamps that suppress all colours except yellow and black, causing us to see in shades of grey… This approach is also explored in Eliasson’s work Seu Corpo da Obra (Your body of work), on view at the ArtScience Museum, which comprises a labyrinth of translucent coloured sheets.

The photo on the left was taken inside the room, and the one on the right was taken right outside the room, with the lamps illuminating my selfie through the glass windows.

Here’s a video showing the transition from full colour to one colour feat. PX & Adele, my museum companions!

Room For One Colour by Olafur Eliasson at the National Gallery Singapore.PX also took some photos of Adele and I goofing around right outside the mono-coloured room.

Ton of Tea by Ai Weiwei at the National Gallery Singapore.Ton of Tea by Ai Weiwei, 2006
Pu’er tea

Ai Weiwei was inspired by Minimalist sculptures when he lived in New York in the 80s. This compressed cube of Pu’er tea smelt so good even though it’s 12 years old already!

Sunflower Seeds by Ai Weiwei at the National Gallery Singapore.

Sunflower Seeds by Ai Weiwei at the National Gallery Singapore.Sunflower Seeds by Ai Weiwei, 2010
Porcelain

The floor of the gallery is covered with numerous porcelain sunflower seeds, all of which were handcrafted by artisans in China. In this overwhelming piece, Ai Weiwei challenges the notion of “Made in China” being cheap mass production. Pretty cool stuff.

Void by Anish Kapoor at the National Gallery Singapore.

Void by Anish Kapoor at the National Gallery Singapore.Void by Anish Kapoor, 1989
Fibreglass & pigment

Anish Kapoor’s works touch upon the concepts of emptiness, space, and “objects becoming space”. This piece is engulfed in a rich layer of blue that extends from the wall towards the viewer and appears to flatten out at its mouth due to the lighting.

Anish Kapoor’s the guy infamous for copyrighting artistic use of Vanta Black, so we were originally pretty excited to see a piece with the pigment when we saw his name. This didn’t seem to be it, but was still interesting either way.

Wall Drawing #338 by Sol LeWitt at the National Gallery Singapore.

Wall Drawing #338 by Sol LeWitt at the National Gallery Singapore.Wall Drawing #338 by Sol LeWitt, 1971
Coloured pencil

I believe that I learnt about Sol LeWitt in art history, the name was so familiar! What’s interesting about this piece is that the manifestation of this coloured pencil render on the wall is not the artwork – the set of instructions is.

Impenetrable by Mona Hatoum at the National Gallery Singapore.

Impenetrable by Mona Hatoum at the National Gallery Singapore.Impenetrable by Mona Hatoum, 2009
Black finished steel & fishing wire

Impenetrable looks delicate from afar, but upon closer inspection is made up of painful barbed wires.

The National Gallery had other general exhibits going on – the current one being a feature on local artist Lim Cheng Hoe’s watercolour paintings of Singapore. To complement the exhibition, the museum laid out an activity booth in the atrium to let kids try their hands at painting on a postcard. There was a lull when we passed by, so we got our hands wet:

Lim Cheng Hoe watercolour activity booth at the National Gallery Singapore.

Lim Cheng Hoe watercolour activity booth at the National Gallery Singapore.I attempted to draw the kindly attendant’s portrait. It was such a throwback painting with this tray of kiddy paints!

Lim Cheng Hoe watercolour activity booth at the National Gallery Singapore.Adele expressing her frustrations with school on the picture on the left. On the right, PX took a picture of Adele and I at the booth. Adele’s posture tho 😂

Of course I had my outfit photos taken after we left the museum in search of dinner:

outfit of the day: zara tencel lyocell shirt dress, we love colors black thigh high socks, timberland blue chukka boots, rawrow convertible satchel.

I got this shirt-dress at Zara’s year-end sale. It’s made with tencel and is so silky soft! I got one in a large size and it looks okay after rolling up the sleeves. Also, I may have a thing for green shirt-dresses; totally forgot about the identical ones in my wardrobe until I brought this piece home…!

outfit of the day: zara tencel lyocell shirt dress, we love colors black thigh high socks, timberland blue chukka boots, rawrow convertible satchel.

Wearing
Zara shirt-dress
We Love Colors thigh high socks
Timberland shoes
Rawrow bag

Outfit photos assisted by PX. Thanks also to Adele for the support and patiently waiting for us!

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