If you can’t afford to see the Mona Lisa in her full glory in the Louvre Gallery in France, this may be an interactive alternative for you.
It being “Artistic August” for the Adventure Crew, we went down to this exhibition held within Downtown East. The cast for the day included Sarah, Raven, Avariel and yours truly. As we headed down to Downtown East, we realised that the place was not opened yet. Good thing, we were first, somewhat. HAH.
Thanks to Avariel’s NTUC member card, we all got a discount so tickets were $13 each ($1 for SISTIC) and soon after, we were able to enter.
Like some of the temporary exhibits I had the opportunity to head to, ALIVE did not allow photography within the grounds. However, we were told that there were two photo-taking areas within the entire exhibition, that’s a nice twist.
While we entered the exhibit itself, we heard some commentary going on in a foreign language – turns out that the ALIVE gallery was started in Korea, so most of the original commentaries and original voiceovers were supposed to be in Korean.
But before I bring anyone through the narrative tour of the place, here’s a little background on what sets ALIVE apart from many galleries.
In the modern day and age, most galleries around the world are attempting to adopt more interactive and interesting exhibits to attract more visitors. For ALIVE, it serves as an education platform (especially for children) with regards to Art History (!!!) and famous works of Arts.
Exhibits were not only just nicely framed replicas of artwork, but also had information panels explaining the background of the artist, the style used and interesting facts about components of the painting. Quote Sarah, there were information panels focussing on certain areas of the painting, almost as if it were instructions for us to find something important within the painting. HAH.
There were also projected animations of certain paintings and sculptures. As we entered we witnessed an “Egyptian underworld trial” projected on a piece of “papyrus” and the Greek sculptures of Apollo, Nike, Venus de Milo and Hermes talking to us. Other animations revolved around the Renaissance era where religion (“The Last Supper” and “The Last Judgment”) was the core element – If you asked me, Michelangelo sounded too happy to be Michelangelo Buonarroti.
The two photo taking spots were interesting because it was not just some spot with some sculpture or picture in 2D but it was a painting blown to life-sized proportions, so it was pretty much the scene the artist was painting or the perspective the artist was thinking about during the process of creation.
Personally thinking, I thought was taking the Art History classes I did in LaSalle and Poly all over again within two hours. Only this time, I knew what the heck the information was talking about. The rest of the group had fun looking at stuff like “Camera Obscura” and pretty much having one sided conversations with animated paintings. HAH.
However, I would say that the highlight of this exhibition would be the photo-taking spots. While the selling point of this exhibition were the animated paintings, I thought the photo-taking spots actually made more of a difference in a subtle way. Honest, we had more fun posing like crazy in the life-sized versions of still paintings.
The exhibition runs through until 3 October (closed Mondays except those that fall on Public Holidays), at Downtown East.
For more information on ALIVE gallery, click here.