Real reason Kim is meeting Trump

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6th floor of the National Gallery Museum has the best view of the historic padang or Independence Square in SingaPore.

And the arrow points out the Fullerton Hotel, reportedly where North Korean President Kim Jong Un will be staying during the on-off June 12 meeting with US President Donald Trump.

The Fullerton was a post office when I was a kid, known as the General Post Office. As an avid stamp collector, I remember queuing up for stamps. I did not quite appreciate the architecture in its original dark gloomy/exciting reminder of colonial musty air past.

As for me, I will be avoiding all public spaces and doing all my staycation activities this week.

National Gallery Singapore
1 St Andrew’s Rd, Singapore 178957
6271 7000
https://g.co/kgs/mgVrW5

Footnote
As of 10 June 2018, it was reported that President Kim will not be staying at the Fullerton but will be at the St Regis Hotel. President Trump will be at Shangrila Hotel, also in the Orchard Rd area.

Their meeting though, is in the scenic Capella Hotel in Sentosa, a distance from their hotels. Why travel so far for a brief meeting when they are staying so close?

Light to Night @ the Padang

https://www.nationalgallery.sg/whats-on

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I love the peacock feathers.

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Victoria Clock Tower transformed with different art skin. Can you spot the tiny Sir Stamford Raffles statue?

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National Gallery and former City Hall transformed by Monet’s gardens.

Catch the Impressionist Exhibition.

There are thousands of people walking around the padang. The museums are open till late and free entry.

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At the Asian Civilsations Museum, it was buzzling with young people making kaleidoscope.

On till tomorrow night. Road closure. So take a bus or MRT.

How to get there: Cityhall MRT Station.

More activities after dark: Chinatown CNY Celebrations, 5 Lights out activities in Singapore this Christmas , Visit to Senoko Fishery Port at 2am

 

Century of Light – colours of impressionism

One of the treats I received was visiting the Century of Light exhibition currently showcased at the National Gallery Singtel Exhibition. We had three curators from the Musee d’Orsay and National Gallery who did an excellent job leading us. Nonetheless, you may want to read about the highlights of the work from Straits Times before you go.

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The magpie by Claude Monet and the interesting depiction of white.

Unlike artists in the past who paint in studios, spending hours perfecting the works, waiting for the paint to dry, and painting either religious symbols or important patrons, impressionists paint the changing landscape of France. Because they were outdoors, they paint very fast with quick strokes, often wet paint on wet paint.

What struck me was that they were artists as well as sociologists and scientists. Himself, who enjoys photography shared with me the influence of photography on understanding depiction of light source in photography

Advances in medical research and understanding how the (retina) eye works also influenced Monet who did not paint the snow as purely white. He painted it in the colours of the shadows his eye observed falling upon it – blues, yellows, purples, changing as the light changed. Blue was important in how Impressionists depicted shadows, such that a critic dubbed the trend “indigo-mania”.
http://canvas.saatchiart.com/art/art-history-101/art-history-101-impressionism-vs-expressionism

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Paul Signac and the neo-Impressionists, who came a generation after the Impressionists. He championed the scientific theory of colour, using complementing colours and “Pointillist” method of dots to form an image. Here, the blue of the water is set against complementary colour orange in the yacht and houses. Time to memorise your color wheel. Which my teacher advised years ago.

Also on display are artworks by many Impressionist artists such as Monet’s waterlily pond.

Do catch works “Between Worlds” featuring the works of Indonesian artist Raden Saleh (c.1811–1880) and Filipino artist Juan Luna (1857–1899), two leading painters from Southeast Asia who achieved wide acclaim in Europe. The exhibition draws from important collections around the world.

“The exhibition explores how Raden Saleh and Juan Luna developed their work living between two diverse cultures and societies; and how the European experiences of these extraordinary artists have shaped the art history of this region.”

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Juan Luna’s depiction of Cleopatra.

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I am most impressed with this piece of the average workers by Juan Luna during his stay in France. Juan Luna was also instrumental in the rising nationalism of the Philippines, not just as a colony of Spain, but as a equal state. The betrayal when Spain gave away Philippines as a colony to the US.

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The colour of the walls purple against orange caught my eye. And that cute little door.

The Impressionists exhibition left me with some thoughts of artists as not just concerned with aesthetics. Many of them were interested in politics, lives of ordinary people, a different world order.

I cannot help recalling Malcolm Gladwell’s piece on the rejection of the Impressionist artists by the acclaimed critics of the day in his book “David and Goliath”.

Be inspired.

Where:
National Gallery Singapore
1 St Andrew’s Rd, Singapore 178957
6271 7000
https://g.co/kgs/dCHPGS

Making art from Adversity

Natural History Museum – when dinosaurs walked the earth

Making art from adversity – Kusama Yayoi

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Life is the heart of a rainbow. The Yayoi Kusama exhibition has taken Singapore by storm. Several of my friends have visited this exhibition at the National Gallery which will end on 3 Sep 2017.
https://www.nationalgallery.sg/see-do/highlights/yayoi-kusama-life-is-the-heart-of-a-rainbow

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Infinity mirrored room – representing gleaming lights of the souls.

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First created in 1965.

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With all my love for the tulips. Guests are invited to participate by placing stickers on white walls. Kusama checked herself into a psychiatric hospital once. Her first room installation was in 1963.

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Narcissus garden. My kind of garden. No watering needed.

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The Spirits of the Pumpkins descended into the heavens.

Photo credit: L and me

While I may not agree with some of her views, Kusama is very admirable as a person who despite a traumatic childhood has created a life for herself, constantly creating and making sense of the confusing turbulent world she found herself.

Today, she is still prolific at age 88 and has set a goal to create 100 paintings.

Painterly illustrated her life in a series of painting.
https://www.dezeen.com/2017/09/01/yayoi-kusama-childrens-book-graphic-design/

Odette Part 2

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Breaded Artic Char with charred Kurobuta pork belly and St Vincent asparagus with vin jaune

Dessert

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Williams Pear comme un millefeuille

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Tout citrus with Iranian saffron and coriander

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Coffee not included.

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Little Changi airport

To walk off that lunch , get on a free guided tour at the National Gallery. There are tours on the building architecture which combines the old Supreme Court and City Hall. And tours for the DBS and UOB galleries. Or catch the Redefining Modernism consisting of paintings borrowed from the Paris Pompodour Gallery.  

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7 fairies lacquer piece. Can you locate the fairies? The whites are from ground egg shells. One of my favourite pieces.

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Sleeping beauty – opposite the Matisse.

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Loveable and liveable city centre – car free

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Photo credits: K

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Playing mahjong?

Just for one Sunday morning a month, I wake up early and exercise! Along the civil district, in the morning and enjoy the beautifully spruced up building.

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An activity for everyone.

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After an hour of free zumba class, try urban walking ? Maybe next car free Sunday.

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If breaking out in a sweat is not your thing, chill out to cool aircondition and music at the Victoria Concert Hall.

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My favourite activity: breakfast at Prive by the Asian Civilisations Museum.

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Love these simple Marie biscuits and the pretty turquoise colors!

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Finding your bearing? Your reflection follows you on these ball bearings.

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It’s not even lunch time, I took the bus home – car free Sunday. Maybe it’s the satisfaction of a well spent morning or the endorphin high from exercising. Maybe that’s why we’re smiling more. The UN recently named Singapore, happiest country in Asia. Happiness is a mindset.

Wow. I’m certainly coming back to the Civic District to check out the National Gallery and the Museums. Can’t wait for the next car-free Sunday in May (last Sunday).

Where: Civic District, Singapore
Getting there: Cityhall MRT station
When: Last Sunday of the month, 7am-1030am
What to do: Cycle, paint, zumba, yoga, walk, museums open at 9am.

https://www.ura.gov.sg/uol/media-room/news/2016/feb/pr16-09.aspx