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    Art from the Streets | Into the Museum

    A museum exhibition of street art – that’s really something different from what you usually see. I first saw street art in Hong Kong around the Sai Ying Pun and Tai Ping Shan area (see this handy tag here!), which is definitely a more likely choice to see graffiti than in Singapore! ‘Art from the Streets’ at my ever-favourite ArtScience Museum is however, a surprising display of works from some of the biggest names among street artists.

    The great thing about this exhibition is that you can see works from a range of street artists all in one place, saving the trouble of trekking across sloping streets to hunt down street art (yes, I’m referring to HKwalls at Tai Ping Shan!) But beyond arguments of the ‘institutionalisation’ of street art by showing them as museum exhibits, or losing the site-specificity of these works, I think that there is something about the dynamic nature of these works that belong solely to the streets, which is lost when placed within a museum setting.

    | Cover picture: Futura, Spray paint on concert background, 1982, spray paint on canvas |

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    Prospect and Refuge | In Architecture, Art and in Life

    I first read about this term ‘Prospect and Refuge’ a few years back, and I’d always planned to put it up as a post title but haven’t gotten the right post to go along with it. Things have moved pretty quickly, I feel, since moving back to Singapore from Hong Kong last June, and then it was a whirl of re-exploring, getting used to living in this bright and sunny city again, landing my first job, heading back to Hong Kong for my graduation, thinking and then thinking some more about future plans, to the point that I suddenly realise that it’s been almost a year since I’ve been back in Singapore.

    I currently find myself in a spot of free time that inadvertently came along unplanned, which leaves me feeling a little unsettled since I always want to know what direction I’m moving in. But, for now, I am enjoying this break, and I’m trying to make time to pursue my interests, and it feels nice to have this pause to think back on the past year.

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    i Light 2018 | Singapore at Night

    First off, how is it already May?? 2018 has been so packed and such a whirlwind for me, it feels good to take some time now to sit down and write this post. On the art front, I haven’t been seeing much exhibitions or related showings in Singapore lately, and i Light Marina Bay 2018 is probably the first art event of the year that I saw here.

    The annual light festival has apparently been here for six years already, but it’s only my first time catching it! I think such a light festival is perfect for a place like Singapore, where digital installations and light shows always seem to be very popular. I also really liked that it made me go on a nighttime walking tour of the Marina Bay area, which I would always want to do but not actually not do it because of excuses like humidity, heat, so on… ;)

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    Colours of Impressionism | Curating Colour?

    The news of National Gallery Singapore’s latest collaboration with Musée d’Orsay was a big deal for me, especially owing to the fact – like my sister likes to joke to me about – that this exhibition basically sums up my degree. Or at least, my favourite style and period in art history, which is 19th century French art.

    So you can most probably tell how excited I was to see it, and what made it even better was that I got to see a preview of it before it opened, and I could take all the photos I wanted without the swarms of people that I’m sure the Gallery is seeing right now.

    With a popular theme like Impressionism (although what could beat Yayoi Kusama’s polka dotted works in popularity?), I feel like this exhibition is easily appealable to many people, though I have a few misgivings about the way the artworks were grouped by… colour.

    | Cover Picture: Claude Monet, Champs de tulipes en Hollande (Tulip Field in Holland), 1886, oil on canvas |

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    Precious Eggs | Miniature Works of Art

    I’m actually a fan of eggs myself and that was probably my biggest reason for wanting to check out this exhibition Precious Eggs: Of Art, Beauty and Culture at Singapore Philatelic Museum – what can you do with eggs to make them look beautiful, and what do they have to do with stamps?

    The exhibits pretty much speak for themselves, I love so many of them with their various materials and designs. Turns out that these eggs were featured on stamps too! In collaboration with Liechtenstein National Museum, many of these eggs were shown outside of Europe for the first time.

    These precious eggs are one of a kind and I’m so glad I got to see them! If you missed the exhibition, keep reading to see more of the eggs!

    | Cover picture: St. George and the Dragon, Russia |

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