Inspired at ArtScience Museum

Last weekend we sneaked a quick 3 hours for a visit to the Singapore ArtScience Museum at Marina Bay Sands. Being our first visit there, everything seemed so new and nice to us! It felt like we were froggies cooped in a well for a long time! It was an awesome feeling, like we just had a change of eyeballs… Hahaha! So we became tourists in our own country, at a new destination. Love the mall cos it felt so airport-ish!! Unfortunately we didn’t have time to explore, and Van Gogh made me dizzy, so we had to leave early. We’ll leave the adventure for the next time, and also the Helix bridge! 🙂

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So we reached the museum, bought our tickets and we were super excited! There was a national day promotion going on (think it was the last day already), you get free access to the Shipwreck exhibition if you purchase the Salvador Dali’s and Van Gogh’s. Awesome! I was super excited about Dali’s so I told Raymond we’ll go visit the Shipwreck first and leave Dali to the last.

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The Shipwreck was pretty cool, I was expecting a lot of golds and pearls and rare treasures…. maybe skulls and bits + pieces of the ship. But it was all ceramics, gold and silver pieces of artefacts. Pretty amazing and awesome stuffs too! And I like how they laid the plates out individually, each with a serial number of their own.

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There were interesting pieces of objects such as tweezers, mirrors, storage jars, silver ingots etc. The gold were super polished and it kinda looked very delicate too, I wonder how these managed to survive through the years!
We came across this corner where there were 4 mini “counter” for you to emboss pretty patterns on papers. Raymond had fun playing with it, and even took out his name card to emboss. The result turned out pretty good, so I suggested to him to bring his boxes of namecard, slowly sit down there to emboss. MUWAHAHAHAHAHA!

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The Shipwrecked exhibition has been extended till 2 October 2011.

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Shipwrecked relates the story of an astonishing cargo of some 60,000 objects carried from China by a ninth-century Arab dhow, presenting a dynamic tale of trade between China and West Asia along the maritime silk route.  The cargo had lain undisturbed on the ocean floor for more than 1,000 years before its discovery near Indonesia’s Belitung Islandin 1998. Many surprises were yielded upon recovery, ranging from huge numbers of mass-produced ceramics to exceptional items, such as the earliest complete examples of Chinese blue-and-white dishes and intricate items of finely worked gold.

The exhibition features hundreds of highlights from this remarkable find, considered to be the largest quantity of Chinese trade goods and luxuries from Tang Dynasty China ever discovered.

Excerpt taken from Singapore Tourism Board: https://app.stb.gov.sg/asp/new/new03a.asp?id=12323

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Next, we went ahead to Van Gogh’s exhibition. You’ll be disappointed if you’re expecting to see the physical artwork, cos like the title of the exhibition suggests – Van Gogh Alive, it’s actually an exhibition of his artwork put together using the latest sound and projection technology.

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Initially we were pretty excited, and we went all the way to the inside and sat on the floor, trying to absorb ourselves with the sight and sound. Raymond felt so inspired and comfortable that he decided he’s not gonna leave. =_=”

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Admittedly I’m a noob when it comes to art pieces, especially masterpieces from great artists. Personally I feel i’ll enjoy the works better if they were in physical form instead of the shifting projection. After 1 round of presentation, I didn’t feel good, started to feel dizzy. Recalling of the experience I had then, I’m starting to feel my head spinning again as I’m typing this.

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So I had to pulled Raymond up who was happily vegetating there, and we continued walking to the other end, finally saw some physical still copies, with interpretation and description. I cannot help but to feel very sad after looking at each pieces and reading about his life from the descriptions. Then there were a lot of “if-onlys” popping up in my head again… If only he’s still around, if only there’s someone who can make him feel better, if only he had the support and recognition, if only if only if only…

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The Van Gogh exhibition is on till 9 October 2011, and you can read more about it from the Marina Bay Sand’s website: http://www.marinabaysands.com/uploadedFiles/Marina_Bay_Sands/Content_Blocks/Company_Information/Media_Center/2011/Museum%20Press%20Release%20-%20Van%20Gogh%20Alive%20(FINAL)%20-%20March%2028%202011.pdf

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We left and grabbed some food at the SweetSpot. The cookies are yummy – just the kind I like, soft and sweet. I didn’t feel any better with the spinning head, but how can I miss the Dali exhibition?? So we went to the Dali exhibition!

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Apologies for the whole chunk of words, cos I’m pretty much a law by law person. They said no photography, so I abided and hence no pictures to share. 🙁

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But here’s one from Raymond’s phone! Hahaha!

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Dali and us! With my sexy 48-46-49 vital stats. HAHAHAHA!!
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Here’s an image of Dali if you’re wondering how he looks like. These images are not ours, I grabbed them off the internet and copied the sources in a notepad to credit the images, but before I could save it down, I accidentally deleted it!!

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An image of Dali’s Spellbound. So cute!! Love the sleepy eye… hahaha~
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This is what you’ll see outside the museum, the melting clockkkkk..

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The faceless woman in flame with chests of drawers…
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A section with damn awesome furnitures!
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Adam and Eve ant the evil serpent.
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I am super amazed with Dali’s works, his thoughts, his philosophies! And if only I can meet him personally!!! I kept thinking of Dali when I got home, and for the whole night I couldnt sleep well at all!!! Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr…… how is it possible that such a person exist/ed??

Here’s a few quotes from dali;

 

Have no fear of perfection – You’ll never reach it.

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I do not paint a portrait to look like the subject, rather does the person grow to look like his portrait.
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There is only one difference between a madman and me. The madman thinks he is sane, I know I am mad.
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What is important is to spread confusion, not to eliminate it.
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“Since I don’t smoke, I decided to grow a mustache – it is better for the health.
However, I always carried a jewel-studded cigarette case in which, instead of tobacco, were carefully placed several mustaches, Adolphe Menjou style. I offered them politely to my friends: “Mustache? Mustache? Mustache?”
Nobody dared to touch them. This was my test regarding the sacred aspect of mustaches.”
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And then he wrote a book (The Secret Life) about lobsters and telephone demanding to know why when he asked for a grilled lobster in a restaurant, he was never presented with a boiled telephone.

I think he’s crazy, and I like it!!

Dali’s exhibition till 30 October 2011, read more about it from Marina Bay Sands website here;

http://www.marinabaysands.com/uploadedFiles/Marina_Bay_Sands/Content_Blocks/Company_Information/Media_Center/2011/Dali%20Museum%20Press%20Release.pdf

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Hope you’ll enjoy the exhibits as much as we do, and enjoy the weekend! 🙂

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Lots of ,♥
– Angeline

 

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