Gallery Children’s Biennale 2019 : Embracing Wonder
May 25 - December 29
Especially for children : a new dimension of creativity and wondrous surprises.
In the next seven months, discover and experience a fantastic, magical world through 11 imaginative artwork installations.
Children, compose your own tunes, braid giant tresses, wander beneath massive lanterns, pop into a dome … and more. Plus exciting programmes for families as well.
Free Admission for Singaporeans & Permanent Residents
Additionally, and FREE
Over two weekends – 25th & 26th May and 1st & 2nd June (12.00 noon to 5.00 p.m.), a host of activities take place alongside myriad performances, workshops and conversations with commissioned artists.
Discover Eko Nugroho’s Javanese lanterns depicting fantastical characters, Aung Ko and Nge Lay’s stunning traditional Burmese-inspired houses and Delia and Milenko Prvački’s world of childhood wonders.
Acrylic domes, paper, lights and sound. Fantastical and dream-like landscapes made from shapes out of paper – fishes, lizards, insects, different kinds of plant life, minerals, habitats and landscapes Enter different worlds by simply turning your head.
Mixed media – intricate ceramic pieces, imaginative rooms and vibrant illustrations.A multi-room installation filled with fun and familiar items from everyday life. Explore porcelain and ceramic objects created by sculptor Delia Prvacki, quirky drawings by painter Milenko Prvacki. Discover more about yourself, your friends, family and the world through touch and play.
Activities in some of the rooms inspires children to imagine their future as one of many interesting professions, learn about colours and positive and negative spaces as well as friendship and teamwork.
Aluminium pipes and ping pong balls. Creating unique melodies. Everyday objects transformed into musical instruments. Throw some balls at the colourful pipes hanging from the ceiling and create a tune. The pipes are hollow and of different lengths and sizes and each creates its own special sound when struck.
Stardust : Soaring through the Sky’s Embrace
Mixed media. A galactic quest to discover the unknown through space and time. Observe how the moon rocks appear to float next to one another, gaze into infinity. Study detailed the hand-drawn images.
Memories of Fireflies
Digital print on canvas, speakers, LED lights and stepping pads. How do your actions affect others? These lanterns are inspired by damar kurung, the traditional Javanese lanterns that feature paintings of everyday life in Java. Artist Eko Nugroho has decorated them with distinct patterns, colours and characters, inviting you to imagine a world where everyone is loving and caring. Follow the markers on the floor, be dazzled by the lights.
The Other Wall
Through mixed media, this installation reflects an idyllic life in the countryside of Myanmar, also known as the Shwe (golden) land. Artists Aung Ko and Nge Lay have tried to recreate the lives of the Shwe people by casting everything, even the plants, in gold. There are woodcuts, traditional toys and Burmese alphabets within each house, handcrafted with care and love and telling many magical stories and folktales.
The Oort Cloud and the Blue Mountain
Wall relief, pegboards, electronic modules and motion sensors, lights, sound, action. A thick layer of icy particles in outer space and Blue Mountain, a painting by Russian artist Wassily Kandinsky of horses galloping beneath a hill were the inspirations for this interactive artwork. The many buttons and textures here represent imaginary terrains in the universe. A touch on these objects activate different lights and sounds.
Tightly, Hugging Care, Love and Peace
A vinyl sticker that is an impressive wall mural featuring corals, leaves and vines—does it appear to be living, breathing and growing? Artist Eko Nugroho believes that a world full of care, love and peace looks like a heartfelt embrace. He encourages us to live in harmony and be good to one another.
The Story of Karung Guni Boy
A mixed media installation tht brings to life the popular story of Ming, the Karung Guni Boy, who loves to collect and find new uses for old items. Ming’s innovation and love for experimenting is seen in the creative processes of many artists who find inspiration in everyday things.
Be your own Captain on Deck
How far can a flock of propellers go? Singaporean sculptor Zainudin Samsuri drew inspiration from Malay proverbs, fishing and childhood toys for this work. Explore Dayung Sampan and discover objects that seem to resemble a foot and a birdcage. Look through the periscopes, what do you see? Row your boat and follow your dreams. Let your imagination take flight.
Play by the River
A mixed media installation, inspired by a painting from 1974 by Singaporean artist Liu Kang titled Life by the River. Spend some time with your family and friends under the trees. Say hello to a family of ducks and ask an adult to teach you how to play the game of five stones. Have fun.
10.00 a.m. to 7.00 p.m.