Sunday, June 12, 2011

Art Science Museum at Marina Bay Sands Singapore

The Art Science Museum is located within the vicinity of Marina Bay Sands Hotel in Singapore. The museum is designed by renowned architect Moshe Safdie and features 21 gallery spaces totaling 50,000 sq ft of exhibition area. This equates to 4 levels of exhibition space with level 2 out of bounds to visitors. The museum plays hosts to exhibitions curated by leading museums and collections.

Marina Bay Sands Hotel and the Art Science Museum

Getting to the Art Science Museum
Conveniently located in the central district and within walking distance from the Marina Bay Sands Hotel, the museum is also accessible from the Promenade MRT on the Circle Line (10mins walk) or the City Hall MRT on the North-South Line (15mins walk). You can also take the bus, cab or drive here.

At the time of writing, there are 3 ongoing exhibits at the museum; Dalí: Mind of a Genius – The Exhibition 14 May - 30 October 2011, Van Gogh Alive - The Exhibition 16 April - 6 November 2011 and Shipwrecked: Tang Treasures and Monsoon Winds 19 February - 31 July 2011. Tickets are priced at S$30 per adult and gives you access to all exhibits in the museum. Tickets can be purchased on Sistic or at the museum box office. Do keep your ticket with you throughout your time in the museum as you will need the ticket to exit.

Van Gogh Alive - The Exhibition
The Van Gogh exhibition is an artistically choreographed sequence of sights and sounds that fuses art and audio-visual technology. Upon entry to the exhibit, you are welcomed by classical music which perfectly sets you in the mood to enjoy the visual feast that is Van Gogh's collection. Either sit on the floor, stand or find a spot on the chairs provided as the presentation will take 30-45mins. To the left of the entrance, there is a short explanation of some of Van Gogh's more prominent pieces and one can't help but conclude that artists are really emotional, easily depressed and suicidal individuals. No photography and filming is allowed.

Shipwrecked: Tang Treasures and Monsoon Winds
This exhibit in the basement level carries 60,000 objects from a ninth-century Arab dhow, ranging from exquisite ceramics to rare items of finely worked gold. It is one of the oldest and most important marine archaeological finds of the late 20th century. Personally, I breezed through this exhibit as I am not really interested in bowls and ceramics. No flash photography and filming is allowed.

Ceramics from the Shipwrecked collection

Jugs and incense burners

Dalí: Mind of a Genius – The Exhibition
Honestly, the main draw for me was the Dalí exhibition. Here, you can delve into the mind of the most iconic figure of the surrealist movement and explore his works on femininity, sensuality, religion and mythology through lithographs, bronze statutes, rare graphics, jewelry and even furniture. The walk-through is both fascinating and creepy. One gets a real sense of the madness that plagues and both inspires Dalí. No flash photography and filming is allowed.

Dance of Time II, Homage to Fashion and Adam & Eve

Homage to Terpsichore, Unicorn and Triumphant angel

Alice in Wonderland, Space Elephant and Profile of Time

On the 4th floor of the museum, you can find the ArtScience exhibits but I would give this a miss as there are only 2 skeleton planes there and some Chinese lanterns. The 4th level also houses a small theater for video presentations. The Dalí video presentation is showing from 4-5pm.

Do check out the Art Science Museum if you are a fan of Surrealism and Impressionism. The Van Gogh exhibit is really not to be missed!
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