Tuesday, 24 May 2011

Van Gogh Alive Exhibition at ArtScience Museum in Singapore

I haven't quite done a photo tour of my adventures anywhere for a long time, so I decided to feature a new place I've never been in Singapore - the new Art Science Museum at Marina Bay Sands.

The museum was built during the 2 years I was away in the land quite the opposite end of the world (help ma, I'm falling off the edges!)

Art Science Museum, Marina Bay Sands, Singapore
I thought the architecture was cool, but I was a little too jaded by the amount of glass and metal Singapore's buildings use. Everything in Singapore is too metallic for my liking. I prefer the wooden huts of Norway.

Some morning exercise, anyone?

My friends and I decided to bend it like Dali.

We came a few days too early for the Dali exhibition, which is now on from 14 May til.... I'm not too sure when. But I do know it's on for a few months.

Go google, no I mean Ecosia it, you lazy bum.

I didn't mean that. The lazy part.
Or the bum part.
I was referring to myself.

Marina Bay Sands
This is how the space-age has arrived in Singapore - in style and lots of glass. Local architects are obsessed over glass. It's a view captured just before I step into the museum door.

Btw, tickets are expensive. SGD 30 per person. Luckily a fourth friend showed up and we had a group discount! SGD90 for 4 = SGD 22.50 each. But the price didn't stop me from being a tourist in my hometown. I was snapping pictures and ooh-aahing at all the new buildings that had sprouted overnight in Singapore.

Van Gogh Alive Exhibition

Woohoo! Van Gogh, Van Gogh. Yes, jump up and down with pom-poms. My closet cheerleader leaped at the sight of the exhibition I saw featured in the newspapers.

In awe of the enormity of Van Gogh's nose
My friends and I were awed. And got lazy. Instead of walking around, we just sat on a bench, chit-chat and let the museum come to us in gigantic, three-storey high images. My best friend, who's a musician, became our useful encyclopedia for each piece of classical music played. Being zee artistic one, I became the go-to person whenever they didn't understand anything about the exhibition.

As if I'm an expert, hah.

Van Gogh self portrait
We were not allowed to take photos but I snucked a few when the security wasn't looking. I really liked how the paintings were shown in closeups and all around me. It allows me to indulge in my love of art in the dark, without peering and walking until my back hurts. The classical music and the edit of the exhibition according to the rhythm was a pleasant surprise. I really liked how dramatic it made the paintings dance, sway and fade.

My bestest friend and my red homemade pedicure
One thing I thought kids would enjoy is stomping on the paintings - something you can't do to the ones hanging on the walls. It's really cathartic to release years of not touching the forbidden fruit. Can't touch the painting? Take that! *stomp*

Vincent Van Gogh's bed
The last photo I took before the security guard finally saw me snapping pictures and stopped me.

It was good enough. I got to see Starry Starry night and all my favourite Van Gogh paintings up close and personal.

Hope you enjoyed my photo tour! Maybe I'll post more :)



  1. Hi there.. I just read your story about the van Gogh is Alive exhibition. Great you took pictures.. I didn't.. was there the first week of may and I was naled to the ground. Sat on a bench too and whatched and listened! The only thing I missed was a musical guide.. That you had! :)) now I'm searching the internet about the songs they played.. I found: Sous le dôme épais (The Flower Duet) from Léo Delibes’ opera Lakmé, and Erik Satie’s Gymnopédie No. 1 and No. 3.. Can you please tell me more? I live in the Netherlands and I wish I could have used Shazam to find THE songs but I didn't have mobile internet then. You would make me very happy! :))

    Warm greetings from the home country of van Gogh...

    Richelle Lourier

  2. Hey Richelle,

    Welcome to my blog from the land of the midnight sun! I need to do a little research on the music and get back to you (need to consult my musically-inclined friend first). Will email you with more details once I get a reply from her!


  3. Hi Richelle, here's the answer from my lovely best friend, who was with me then. xoxo

    "Hi there,

    Your friend from the Netherlands is correct about the Lakme Flower
    Duet. However, it's NOT the Gymnopédie that was played. It was the

    1) Gnossienne No. 1 (by Satie)

    Other pieces I recall:

    2) Bach's Prelude from his Suite for cello in G Major.
    3) There was also Saint-Saëns' "Aquarium" from the Carnival of the Animals.
    4) Prokofiev's Montagues And Capulets from his ballet, Romeo & Juliet

    This is what I recall, off the top of my head. The others were less well-known classical pieces. Sounded like some Mozart symphony, I think, but he wrote so many that if they are not very famous, it's difficult to know exactly which one.

    [That's Suite *no. 1* in G Major, I should add. There are six dances in the whole suite, the Prelude is the first dance of the suite.] "

    I hope this helps! :) pixy

  4. hi there you 2!
    oh am I glad and happy.. I just watched them on youtube and it made sence! really great that your friend could recall that much..

    Saint-Saëns' "Aquarium" from the Carnival of the Animals. this one I heard and then sounded so familiair. ohh really.. I could dance right now. you made me happy!!

    so glad I noticed your blog. thank you very much! you're so sweet! :)) I will put this letter on my website.. www.holachica.nl then I can remember it always! and never lose the titles. haha! thanks a million times..

    love richelle

  5. Hi Richelle,
    so glad you are happy. :) My friend helped a lot too.


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