Civic District Outdoor Festival 2017 and Yayoi Kusama Exhibition at National Gallery Singapore

Civic District Outdoor Festival 2017 National Gallery Singapore

The first ever Civic District Outdoor Festival 2017 was held on 4-5 and 11-12 August 2017 from 5pm – 11pm at National Gallery Singapore. We visited the National Gallery last night and even though it was drizzling, it did not dampen our spirits of going for the outdoor festival. 

This is the first-ever Civic District Outdoor Festival and last weekend, the festival was attended by thousands of people and this weekend is the second and final one where you can look forward to a variety of activities including: 

· Massive multimedia projection trail across the facades of four institutions;

· Larger-than-life (and very Instagrammable) art installations;

· Gastronomic food street and art market;

· Picnic at the Padang

· Live performances; and many more!

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When we walked into Padang, we were greeted by these huge and adorable, lighted, inflatable white rabbits by Australian artist, Amanda Parer. 

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Gather your family members and good friends to enjoy a picnic at Padang.

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At the front of the National Gallery Singapore and you can catch a stunning display of multimedia light show featuring the story of “Hemera’s Dream” which will be showcased at 8pm, 8.40pm, 9.20pm, 10pm and 10.40pm, 5 times per night. 

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Move over to Hemera where you can feast on a wide variety of street foods along St. Andrew’s Road. Indulge in epicurean delights from &Sons, Coco Loco, Courtyard Cafe, Kerbsite Gourmet, Ninja Cut, Coffee Bandits and many more! 

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You can find yummy and unique streets food here!

For more details and information, please go to www.civicdistrictoutdoor.sg

National Gallery Singapore

Next we moved on to the National Gallery to visit the Yayoi Kusama Exhibition. You will see dots everywhere at the gallery and along the passage way to City Hall MRT station because of Yayoi Kusama, she is one of the world’s most influential artists famous for her iconic dots. Besides the dots, she is also well-known for showcasing her artworks in nets, pumpkins and infinity rooms. Her artworks are well-received and very popular with many around the world. 

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Be mesmerized with the Infinity Mirrored Room – Gleaming Lights of the Souls. Kusama uses the repetitive approach of her net and dot paintings into an immersive sensory experience at the visually stunning mirrored room. 

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This is the first room that she has created in 1963 and enter into this beautiful room full of multi-coloured dots and with huge sculptures of tulips. 

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Narcissus Garden where the whole room is filled with stainless steel balls creatively displayed in various patterns.

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Life is the Heart of a Rainbow 

Yayoi Kusama’s paintings are filled with biomorphic shapes and decorative elements in a riot of bright colours and many of these artworks have never been shown before. This exhibition spans 4 galleries (A, B, C, H) and takes about 2 hours to complete the whole exhibition. Don’t miss this opportunity to admire and view the spectacular displays of one of the world’s most well-known artists!

YAYOI KUSAMA: Life is the Heart of a Rainbow

Exhibition Duration from 9 June –3 September 2017 

Location: City Hall Wing, Level 3, Singtel Special Exhibition Gallery

For more details and to find out more, please visit https://www.nationalgallery.sg/see-do/highlights/yayoi-kusama-life-is-the-heart-of-a-rainbow

Gallery Children’s Biennale: Dreams & Stories at National Gallery Singapore

Gallery Children Biennale Dreams & Stories

Media Invite: Gallery Children’s Biennale: Dreams & Stories at National Gallery Singapore 

The iconic National Gallery Singapore’s inaugural Gallery Children’s Biennale, themed Dreams and Stories will be held from 20 May to 8 October 2017. 

Visitors can look forward to a wide array of interactive art showcases, performances and activities curated for children and the young at heart. There will be captivating art installations specially created by local and regional artists for the Gallery Children’s Biennale.  

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Mr Tan Chuan-Jin, Minister for Social and Family Development was the Guest-Of-Honour for the official opening of Children’s Biennale: Dreams & Stories at National Gallery Singapore. 

There are 10 exciting art installations you can look forward to at the inaugural Gallery Children’s Biennale at National Gallery Singapore. Here are some of the art installations: 

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Obliteration Room

The pure white room filled with all white furniture by Yayoi Kusama, invites kids to “obliterate” the room turning them into artists, having fun using dot stickers to decorate the room. 

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Firewalk, A Bridge of Embers

This art installation is by Mark Justiniani where it gives an illusion to visitors like you are walking in mid-air, observe the objects placed inside that were once treasured from toys, books, building blocks and letters. 

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Homogenizing and Transforming World

Enter into a world of brightly-lit balls by teamLab. Kids will have a fun time walking through the maze-like room, watch the balls change colours and produce sounds when touched. 

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Being Yourself

This installation is by local artist Chng Seok Tin where it features art within art with 5 smaller wooden blocks being placed into the main artwork also of wood materials.

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Children are free to express themselves by colouring over the woodcutting piece, take a piece of white paper and have fun colour over it. 

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From Rochor to Kallang

This installation is by Singapore artist Vincent Leow, visitors can look forward to look at 20 towers that are placed with bird traps. They are coloured to remind us of the blocks of flats at Rochor Road. Inside the bird traps, common objects are being placed to reflect on what home really means to us. 

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There are many activity stations for kids to work on and even have the opportunity to hang up their artwork. Do prepare to spend some time at Gallery Children’s Biennale and enjoy having a fruitful and fun-filled time for the whole family! 

In addition, visitors can look forward to participate in a series of public programmes, film screenings, special tours for families, and artist-led workshops for children have been lined up over the next four months and there will be an outdoor festival happening over two weekends in August. 

National Gallery Singapore

1 St. Andrew’s Road Singapore 178957

Opening Hours:
Sunday – Thursday, Public Holidays: 10am to 7pm
Friday – Saturday, eve of public holidays: 10am to 10pm 

To find out more, please go to:

https://www.nationalgallery.sg/see-do/highlights/childrens-biennale-2017

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