The ArtScience Museum in Singapore is another landmark attraction that adds to the prestige and beauty of the Marina Bay Sands that’s hard to miss. With its iconic lotus-inspired design by Moshe Safdie, there are 21 gallery spaces within combining different elements of art and technology to explore.
Since the ArtScience Museum’s opening in 2011, some of the world’s best-known artists’ exhibitions have been featured there including Leonardo da Vinci, Salvador Dalí, Andy Warhol and Vincent Van Gogh. Other pop-culture themes such as Harry Potter: The Exhibition have also periodically gone on display.
The exhibitions in the ArtScience Museum are everchanging and only one of them is kept permanent – Future World: Where Art Meets Science.
Although Future World is a permanent exhibition, the installations evolve over time in order to keep the exhibition relevant and up to date with the latest trends. This cutting-edge exhibition that is filled with various technologies is a result of the collaboration with TeamLab, a Japanese art collective to bring an immersive world of art, science, magic and metaphor.
The adventure begins with Nature which illustrates human interaction with environmental elements. The installations make use of digital technology to its finest as viewers can physically make contact with the digital work and be immersed in the corresponding reactions. Digital waterfalls split apart when touched, making it a sight to behold.
Most of the installations in the Town and Park zone allow your creativity to roam free where you get to sketch urban artworks and then showcase your digitized works on the screen.
Within the space, neon-lit balls can be rolled around and sounds will be produced with each motion like an orchestra. Evidently, kids loved the Town and Park area, expending their boundless energy with joy.
If you feel like taking a break from the interactive activities, do take a turn and visit the Sanctuary gallery. This is where peace and tranquillity can be experienced, although it can be rather dull-looking compared to the other sections. It is zen-like and felt like a respite before diving back into the brightly lit exhibits.
The aesthetics of the installations are further enhanced by cutting-edge technology in the museum as well. It is a common sight for people to pose and have a snapshot at the colourful neon-lit boxes in the Media Block Chairs installation.
The highlight of the entire Future World exhibition was the stunning Crystal Universe gallery. The light display in this gallery was breathtaking with an endless universe created within the mirrors.
I was really left amazed by the combination of technology and art in this particular gallery. Try not to hog too much time taking shots of the glittering sights as a long line tends to form for this installation.
Next up are some temporary exhibits that were present during my visit. Again, do note that these exhibits will periodically be replaced with something new every few months.
I am sure most of you know about Alice In Wonderland or at least have heard about it.
The exhibition titled Wonderland plays homage to everything about Alice which runs till 22 Sep 2019. From screenplays to different multimedia works, this exhibition conjures up a magical world and invites you to make full use of your curiosity.
There are no instructions, so just explore the various doors and props to see what happens.
A map is given prior to the entrance of Wonderland, which provides you with an interactive experience as it will allow a character chosen from the map to be projected digitally at several installations – trigger different videos, audio recordings and interactive activities by placing your map into the slots.
Original letters, contracts, drawings and books narrating the production of the Alice stories are showcased in this exhibition too.
I was stunned to even see the first-ever Alice In Wonderland film in black and white.
Script pages and props are also found in a section of the exhibition where original costumes from NBC’s Alice
Through the Looking Glass House stand as the centrepiece of the gallery. Touching is prohibited but the sight of it is enough to marvel at.
Everything that you want to know about Alice In Wonderland can be found here with different aspects of the character’s journey being showcased.
Away from the technology-filled installations lies the Floating Utopias installation which is another temporary exhibit. Instead of technology, this exhibition makes use of inflatable objects, giving it an artistic twist to their “giant balloons”.
I especially enjoyed this exhibition because of how well it brings out the minimalist concept. The inflatable artworks are placed in large open spaces for all to admire with eight giant inflatable sculptures and over 40 artworks.
Floating Utopias is a playful and poetic exhibition that explores the social history of inflatable objects, showing how they have been used in art, architecture and social activism over the decades. This exhibit explores how the invention of ballooning became a source of mass fascination for the public in the 18th and 19th century, inspiring new modes of travel and communication, and prompting scientific innovation.
All three exhibits were vastly contrasting and provide hours of fun exploring and expanding your mind.
The ArtScience Museum Singapore gives a different take on what one might normally associate with boring, historic museums.
Making use of technology to integrate with art, these unique exhibitions are presented in a mindblowing manner just like a scene from the future.
It would definitely not be my last time visiting the ArtScience Museum, with ever-changing exhibitions making their rounds in time to come.
Prices differ based on exhibitions. For more information regarding the prices, do take a look here.
Opening Hours: 10am to 7pm daily. Last admission is at 6pm
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