Hello Art lovers! This morning, the Luxemono team took a short trip to the National Gallery to visit the Children’s Biennale exhibition. The theme of the exhibition is “Dreams & Stories” and it features a variety of interactive artworks by local and regional artists, created for those young kids and those who are young at heart.
The Obliteration Room
by Yayoi Kusama 2002 - present
This artwork by Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama is definitely our favourite! The Obliteration Room is basically modelled after any other room with furniture, household objects all in white. Stepping in to this room, we felt like we were in a cartoon, or even a comic strip, because look at all these colors! They make the room pop. If you plan on also contributing to this artwork by “vandalizing” the room with these colorful dots, you can purchase the Gallery Children’s Biennale Art Pack for just $5 to get a sheet of stickers, amongst other fanciful goodies.
The Sonnet in Blue
by Tran Trong Vu 2015
This wavy and maze-like structure is made in a blue plastic material. We saw a lot of children running around and playing ‘Hide and Seek’ in this massive labyrinth. This art installation is filled with handmade flowers. Upon closer inspection, we realised that there are short poems written on the flower petals. One has to open up the flower petals to read them. Some of the handmade flowers are stitched very high on the structure, and we saw a kid being carried by his father so he could reach the flowers to read them. We find it very interesting that such a big art installation like this invites visitors to “interact” and “play” with it, unlike conventional artworks that does not allow visitors to stand close to them, let alone touch them.
We also found ourselves in 2 interactive workshops in the museum. The first is a Pottery Workshop, which is a room modelled after a real ceramics-making workshop. We watched an animated video of how ceramics are made. We really enjoyed the beauty of the ceramics displayed in the gallery and made us appreciate the intricacies of pottery-making.
The other one is a Printmaking Workshop. We got to learn the process of printmaking, and even made one ourselves! The workshop provided us with print making tools such as incised blocks of wood, ink and other colouring materials. What do you think of our prints?
Seeing the exhibition was indeed an interesting experience as it brings out the kid in all of us. If you need some time to destress and to explore new things with your loved ones, you should visit the Children’s Biennale at National Gallery Singapore! It will be there until 8 October.
Stay tuned for further explorations with Luxemono!