Artistic Explorations: Tulipmania and The Universe And Art

Surrounded by tulips in full bloom and lush greenery

I was thrilled to visit two much-anticipated events in Singapore: Tulipmania and The Universe And Art.

As these are located in the Marina Bay area, both can be enjoyed within a day.

TULIPMANIA

“A garden to walk in and immensity to dream in–what more could he ask?” -Victor Hugo, Les Misérables

Tulipa “Foxtrot”, one of my favourite flowers at Tulipmania 2017

The popular Tulipmania brings the wonderful aura of springtime to Singapore, with a wide variety of flowers in bloom. This year’s Tulipmania has the largest variety compared to previous years, displaying 30,000 dazzling flowers across 90 different varieties of tulips and hyacinths.

Back for the fifth time, this year Tulipmania features something special—a vivid floral array inspired by Vincent Van Gogh’s art. The floral displays are creatively arranged to compose Van Gogh’s pieces, such as The Starry Night and Self-Portrait with Straw Hat.

Read explanations of Van Gogh’s renowned artwork while wandering through the spectacular floral displays

If visitors would like to know more about the floral displays, they can go on a free “ASK Me!” daily guided tour where Display Interpreters will share interesting facts and information. To participate, visitors can gather at the “ASK Me!” poster near the Flower Field. The tour lasts around 15 minutes and is based on a first-come-first-served basis.

I enjoyed this year’s Tulipmania more than last year’s, probably because of the artistic aspect. I was enthralled by the beautiful and imaginative floral displays. It was certainly an uplifting experience, strolling through the picturesque garden, looking out from the quaint pavilion and breathing in the sweet aroma of flowers.

When: 1 April to 7 May 2017, from 9am to 9pm.
Where: Flower Dome, Gardens by the Bay, 18 Marina Gardens Drive, Singapore 018953

THE UNIVERSE AND ART

This unique exhibition, co-organised with the Mori Art Museum in Tokyo, features works of art, scientific artefacts and manuscripts which grapple with our notions of the universe.

This includes ancient manuscripts detailing the theories and findings of renowned astronomers such as Newton, Galileo, Kepler and Copernicus.

The exhibition is split into four main sections.

The first section explores historical cosmologies from all around the world. This section includes artefacts from the collection of the Asian Civilisations Museum in Singapore. The ‘Black Hole (M-Spheres)’ sculpture by Björn Dahlem (2016) caught my attention as it is a creative depiction of a galaxy revolving around a supermassive black hole.

The last section is a piquant display of artworks which have been created for conditions in space.

One of the insightful displays

While I was at the exhibition, I enjoyed a video of a dance performance done in zero-gravity conditions, an amazing work by choreographer Kitsou Dubois.

Also intriguing is the chance to listen to the “moon score” by artist Nomura Hitoshi, which is a musical composition created according to his interpretation of the craters on the moon through photographs taken by astronaut Wakata Koichi.

Overall, I found The Universe and Art a thought-provoking enquiry into an area that has long baffled and fascinated mankind.

When: 1 April to 30 July 2017, 10am to 7pm
Where: ArtScience Museum, 6 Bayfront Ave, Singapore 018974

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