Review: Dreams & Stories, Gallery Children’s Biennale

By Kim Chan   — May 17, 2017
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    The National Gallery Singapore is launching its first ever Children’s Biennale, themed Dreams & Stories. Young Parents dropped by for a peek, and here’s what you can expect when you visit.

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  • The Art Pack
    2 / 13 The Art Pack

    For just $5, get this pack from the ticketing counter before you start your day at the Gallery. It’s filled with fun activities for your little one to do along the way and while interacting with every installation, as well as a special surprise for the last stop.

    Included in the pack is a map to help you plan out the route, as well as some recommendations for lunch or dinner. Expect to spend at least three hours at the Children’s Biennale.

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  • teamLab: Homogenizing and transforming world
    3 / 13 teamLab: Homogenizing and transforming world

    Start with an immersive and multi-sensory experience in this room filled with giant colourful balls. Floating in mid-air, they respond to touch by changing colours and producing sounds. Not only does the one you touch transform, so do the rest. Fun to explore and mesmerising to watch, this installation is perfect for kids of all ages.

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  • Mark Justiniani: Firewalk, a bridge of embers
    4 / 13 Mark Justiniani: Firewalk, a bridge of embers

    Take a step of faith over a glass floor and see for yourself what it was like to excavate the basement level of the National Gallery. This 16-metre long bridge plays on an illusion of depth, allowing you to experience what it feels like to be suspended in space and time.

    Some of the items displayed within the bridge – like old toys, books, building blocks and radios – may also remind you of your own childhood days.

    Note that high heeled shoes are not allowed on this installation.

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  • Ian Woo: Rock & Sphere
    5 / 13 Ian Woo: Rock & Sphere

    Mix and match with this cool sponge installation. Inspired by odd and even shapes, every piece of sponge can be fitted with another to create an entirely new shape. The possibilities are limited only by your kid’s imagination. Best for children aged 3 and up.

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  • Chng Seok Tin: Being Yourself
    6 / 13 Chng Seok Tin: Being Yourself

    She may be visually impaired, but Chng Seok Tin is a leading figure in Singapore’s art scene. Several of her works have been recreated as woodcuts, which allows you to connect their textures with emotions that Seok Tin felt as she created her art pieces.

    While the younger ones may not understand the underlying message of resilience, they can create their own souvenirs by doing pencil rubbings over the woodcuts. Materials are provided.

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  • Vincent Leow: From Rochor to Kallang
    7 / 13 Vincent Leow: From Rochor to Kallang

    Teach your little ones about the oldest public housing estate in Singapore with these tall towers and colourful cages. With each tower representing a block of flats and each cage a unit in the bright Rochor estate, reflect on what it truly means to have a home.

    Integrated with the sounds of a housing estate, this piece is best suited for adults and children aged seven and up.

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  • Robert Zhao: A guide to the flora and fauna of the World, Children’s Edition
    8 / 13 Robert Zhao: A guide to the flora and fauna of the World, Children’s Edition

    This project features photographs of 39 different animals, plants and environments that have been manipulated by humans. Every photo was carefully taken and crafted by the artist himself.

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  • Lynn Lu: Duplet
    9 / 13 Lynn Lu: Duplet

    This cute little corner is perfect for some parent-child bonding. You and your little one sit under the puffy cloud canopy and press the play button on the screen. The artist’s voice will start to play, asking a series of 10 questions with seconds in between. You and your child should answer the questions immediately and at the same time.

    Best suited for children above the age of 5, as the younger ones may not be able to keep up with the pace of the questions.

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  • Lynn Lu: This changed my life
    10 / 13 Lynn Lu: This changed my life

    Leave your mark in the Gallery at this installation.

    Grab a strip of ribbon and pen down a memory or an event which happened that changed your life, or that had an impact on you.

    After you’re done, head into the room, fit with plastic hooks, and add your memory to the collection by stretching it across the room. By the end of this exhibition, your memory will become part of a web of shared histories.

    The little ones are welcome to join in as well. Best for ages seven and up.

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  • Tran Trong Vu: The Sonnet in blue
    11 / 13 Tran Trong Vu: The Sonnet in blue

    Walk through the sea of dreams and stories from the children of Southeast Asia. Created with blue transparent plastic, this sculpture symbolises a tradition in several Asian countries, where people hang their hopes and wishes on trees, hoping for them to come true.

    Have your little ones spot the bright colourful flowers amid the sea of blue to get a glimpse of these stories – in the form of 100 poems – written by students from Singapore, the Philippines, Indonesia, Vietnam and Myanmar.

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  • Yayoi Kusama: The Obliteration Room
    12 / 13 Yayoi Kusama: The Obliteration Room

    End off by leaving your mark in the National Gallery, literally. In the little art pack purchased at the beginning, you will find a sheet of colourful polka dot stickers.

    Give your little one the chance to “decorate” the room by pasting these stickers on any surface – yes, everything, from the plants to the walls and even the sofas, becomes a canvas for your little one to express herself.

    By the end of the exhibition, this white room will be transformed into a room filled with colour and the mark of every child that has been there.

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  • Free for Singaporeans and PRs
    13 / 13 Free for Singaporeans and PRs

    Dreams & Stories, Gallery Children’s Biennale is on until Oct 8, 2017. Admission is free for Singaporeans and PRs, while tickets costs $20 for foreign visitors.

    Where: National Gallery Singapore, 1 Saint Andrew’s Road, #01–01, 178957

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