My first visit to Marina Bay Sands’ ArtScience Museum was in late 2013, to check out Chanel’s The Little Black Jacket exhibition. I was wowed and delighted to have the opportunity to catch the touring show in Singapore and since then, the museum has remained one of my favourites for always bringing in the most unique, fun and excellent exhibitions that offers something different from our local museums (which are special in its own way too).
ArtScience Museum opened in 2011, so this year marks their 10th anniversary! In celebration, they have launched their newest exhibition, the sound and music themed Orchestral Manoeuvres, which is an in-house show curated by Adrian George, their Director of Exhibitions. I was both excited and unsure what to expect when I heard about the exhibition, since I have personally never visited a sound themed one before. But I was very eager to discover what it could be and found myself happily surprised by it!
This exhibition is fantastic, as always. I’ve shared both online and off over the years how much I’ve enjoyed the many exhibitions at ArtScience and I can easily say this is yet another one on my list of favourites! I would describe this exhibition as an experience. There’s plenty of sound and music yes, but there’s also music/sound themed contemporary art, silent and loud videos, choir voices, karaoke singing, silence, musical scores with no notes, a self playing piano that produces more than just piano music and more!
It was a really unique and very lively show! Really fun overall and doesn’t take itself too seriously, just a great afternoon and something much needed in these uncertain times. :)
The whole exhibition journeys through 9 different ‘chapters’, and each chapter explores a different version of sound and music – it’s an audiovisual experience and I loved it. It’s not easy to describe in a blog post, so I highly recommend that you experience it for yourself, whether you’re a musician or not. :)
On a more personal note, you probably have heard me say that museums are one of my favourite places to be. And with ArtScience Museum (part of Marina Bay Sands) being one of my faves, you might be able to imagine my joy when they invited me to a virtual press conference and a preview of Orchestral Manoeuvres. Believe me, I’m still over the moon about this!
It was truly such a privilege to not only get to preview the exhibition before its opening and wander around it with so little people, but to hear from several artists whose works are part of the show, and also to my delight, to have our group’s guided tour led by Adrian George himself! Executive Director of ArtScience Museum Honor Harger joined the session as well and it was wonderful to get to hear directly from them – about the artworks, the artists and all that went into putting the show together.
In an ongoing challenging 1.5 years of pandemic life, this loud, amusing, contemplative and highly unique experience brought a lot of joy to my day. I hope it does for you, too. :)
To find out more about the exhibition’s 9 sections and highlighted works from each section, do check out their exhibition page here!
Orchestral Manoeuvres is ongoing at ArtScience Museum from 28 August 2021 to 2 January 2022.
Admission price: S$16 (for Singapore residents – adults), S$19 (for tourists – adults).
Note: There are other prices for ticket bundles to visit all the current exhibitions at ArtScience Museum. Please refer to their website for all details.
Daily: 10am – 7pm (last entry at 6pm)
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Note: I was invited by ArtScience Museum (Marina Bay Sands) to preview the Orchestral Manoeuvres exhibition with a guided tour as well as attend a virtual press conference to learn about the show. This is not a paid post. Thank you very much to ArtScience Museum for the invitation!
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