Richard Feynman Art Collection in ArtScience Museum Singapore

The brilliant and multi-faceted life of Nobel Prize winning physicist, Richard Feynman, will be showcased at ArtScience Museum in a brand new exhibition to be unveiled starting on 20 October.

 

RF-A Curious Life

Curated and produced by ArtScience Museum, in collaboration with Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore) and Nobel Museum in Sweden, All Possible Paths: Richard Feynman’s Curious Life celebrates the extraordinary achievements of Feynman.

It is developed to mark Feynman’s centenary, which is being celebrated around the world this year, with conferences and festivities, including a major scientific conference, Richard Feynman at 100 (22 – 24 October), at NTU.

All Possible Paths will show how Feynman contributed to our understanding of the mechanisms of the universe, through his pioneering work on quantum mechanics. Feynman was known for his work in quantum mechanics, the basis of modern physics, and for many technological advances that now support our everyday lives.

While Feynman is best known for his work in physics – receiving a Nobel Prize in 19651 – the exhibition also highlights how his curious nature and unconventional thinking drove him to explore many possibilities in life, including art and music.

As one of three recipients of the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1965, Feynman improved the theory of quantum electrodynamics. The refined theory predicted and explained ways in which particles interact during collisions.

“ArtScience Museum is delighted to present, All Possible Paths, a new exhibition, curated in- house by our team, working in dialogue with NTU and Nobel Museum. It marks the centenary of one of the most influential physicists of the 20th century, Richard Feynman. Far from being a traditional biographical exhibition, All Possible Paths uses both art and science, as well as striking contemporary design, to convey the importance and relevance of Feynman’s work for today’s audiences.

In the centre of the show, installations, sculptures and immersive environments created by contemporary artists will take visitors deeper into Feynman’s science through the medium of art. This is a unique show, celebrating a unique figure in science, and we are excited to launch it, in tandem with the Richard Feynman at 100 conference, which will bring world-renowned scientists and Nobel Prize winners to Singapore,” said Honor Harger, Executive Director of ArtScience Museum.

“It could not be more appropriate that ArtScience Museum in Singapore produces this wonderful exhibition on Richard Feynman’s work. During his lifetime, Feynman was a world famous physicist, but he was also deeply involved in art. Feynman moved between fields in a very natural and inspiring way. He is a source of inspiration for generations of young scientists and the way he enlarged his intellectual territory by involving himself in activities such as painting and music should be a role model for all of us. The Nobel Museum in Stockholm is very proud to collaborate with ArtScience Museum – a unique institution in the world – on this project,” Dr Olov Amelin, Museum Director of Nobel Museum.

All Possible Paths will also showcase a collection of Feynman’s personal items, documents and letters, on loan from institutions and individuals from around the world.

More than 10 eminent scientists from all over the world will also converge at Richard Feynman at 100, a three-day conference held on NTU’s campus from 22 October. They will be sharing their thoughts on Feynman’s contribution to science and society, and on the importance of innovation and translational research excellence in academia.

Gallery Highlights

Presented in FOUR thematic sections, All Possible Paths transports visitors into the world of one of the world’s most important scientists of modern times.

1st section

-takes visitors on a journey into Feynman’s eventful life. Some of Feynman’s diverse interests included playing the bongo drums, cracking safes, a fascination with the small Russian republic of Tuva, and painting. Feynman discovered his passion for painting after a series of good-natured arguments on art and science with his artist friend, Jirayr Zorthian. Zorthian gave Feynman art lessons in return for physics lessons. Visitors to the show will get a rare glimpse of personal letters, family photos, Feynman’s famous bongo drums, and a number of his paintings, which are being exhibited outside of the United States for the first time.

A much-loved professor at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), Feynman was a spellbinding communicator of science. His flair for explaining complex scientific theories in an accessible and exciting way earned him the moniker, “The Great Explainer”. Visitors to All Possible Path will have the opportunity to experience a series of Feynman’s lectures in the

2nd section 

-witness first-hand Feynman’s showmanship, accompanied by his clever and vivid explanations, which captivated his audiences.

3rd section

-ArtScience Museum will present scientific topics core to Feynman’s work. Feynman, unlike other theoretical physicists, had a visual approach to the problems he was trying to solve. The section will see scientific concepts paired with artworks made by contemporary artists which will take visitors deeper into the science. The artists include, British digital artist, Markos R. Kay, Belgian artist, Frederik de Wilde, Thailand- based Japanese media artist, Eiji Sumi, Russian media artist, ::vtol::, American data visualisation pioneer, Edward Tufte, German artists from the nano+art competition and Malaysian artist, Jun Ong.

Drawing inspiration from Feynman’s way of thinking, the artworks act as an introduction to quantum mechanics and provide artistic representations of six important scientific areas: Parton Theory, Weak Force, Quantum Electrodynamics, Feynman Diagrams, Nanotechnology and Quantum Computers.

4th section

-examines how Feynman’s scientific contributions helped re-interpret physics and supported research that led to several more Nobel Prizes. Nobel Laureate Frank Wilczek’s hand-drawn Feynman diagrams have been animated and will be shown for the first time in All Possible Paths. A video depicting a celebration for Feynman in Tuva will also be shown, allowing visitors to comprehend the far-reaching impact of Feynman’s legacy in one of the most remote parts of the world.

All Possible Paths will run from 20 October 2018 till 3 March 2019.

Tickets are available at all Marina Bay Sands box offices and website from 1 October onwards.

Terms and Conditions apply. Tickets prices as follows:

STANDARD SINGAPORE
TICKET RESIDENT
(SGD) (SGD)
Adult 15 12
Senior (65 years and above)/ 10 8
Student/
Child (2-12 years)
Family package 40 32
(2 kids & 2 adults)

National Gallery Singapore Presents the First Minimalism Exhibition in SEA

National Gallery Singapore and ArtScience Museum are collaborating for the FIRST time to present the region’s FIRST exhibition focusing on Minimalism.

Olafur Eliasson,Seu corpo da obra (Your body of work) 2011

Olafur ELiasson_Room_for_one_Colour

Led by the Gallery and set across these two sites, over 130 works will explore the history and legacy of this groundbreaking art movement, which continues to influence a wide range of art forms and practitioners across the world today.

Dr. Eugene Tan, Director of National Gallery Singapore said,

“This institutional collaboration will enable us to extend the scale of the exhibition, to further examine the many rich and complex dimensions of this significant artistic tendency, which has had such an enormous influence on contemporary art and design but has been little seen in Southeast Asia. Its profound impact will become evident through the exhibition set across both venues, each of which will have a distinct focus in our examination of Minimalism. This will further allow both institutions to reach out to and engage different audiences, due to our respective localities and programmatic focus. We hope to further enhance our understanding of Minimalism and its legacies for art today through this exhibition.”

Honor Harger, Executive Director of ArtScience Museum added,

ArtScience Museum is delighted to partner National Gallery Singapore on Minimalism: Space. Light. Object. The curatorial teams at both museums have worked together to create a coherent single exhibition that shows how Minimalism became a radical turning point in the history of 20th-century art, stepping away from the experience of art as an object, to the consideration of the spatial, social and political contexts in which art exists. Playing to our strength as a museum of both science and art, ArtScience

Museum will present artwork which meditates on the notions of the cosmological void, emptiness and nothingness – principles which are resonant to both Minimalism and to science. Our show seeks to exemplify the comment often attributed to Albert Einstein that, ‘everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler.’”

The exhibition will provide a re-examination of Minimalism’s origins, broadening the scope beyond New York to consider related tendencies around the world. A key aspect is the ongoing engagement of Minimal art with Asian art and spirituality in the work of Asian, American and European artists.

The Gallery’s exhibition will explore the development of Minimal art and ideas from the 1950s to the present day, tracing its shift from painting to sculpture and then to spatial installations and immersive environments.

It will feature works by some of the most significant artists of the past 70 years, including:

  • Mark Rothko (USA, 1903-1970)
  • Donald Judd (USA, 1928-1994)
  • Yayoi Kusama (Japan, 1929- )
  • Charlotte Posenenske (Germany, 1930-1985)
  • Lee Ufan (Korea/Japan 1936- )
  • Olafur Eliasson (Denmark/Iceland, 1967- )
  • Anish Kapoor (India/UK 1954- )
  • Ai Weiwei (China, 1957- )
  • Po Po (Myanmar, 1957- )
  • Singaporean artists Kim Lim (1963-1997) and Tang Da Wu (1943- ).

ArtScience Museum will present a thematic exhibition exploring form, colour and spirituality, including the work of influential artists such as:

  • Carmen Herrera (Cuba-USA, 1915- )
  • Mona Hatoum (Lebanon/UK, 1952- )
  • Richard Long (UK, 1945- )
  • contemporary artists Song Dong (China, 1966- )
  • Tan Ping (China, 1960- )
  • Charwei Tsai (Taiwan/France/Vietnam, 1980- )
  • teamLab (Japan, 2001- )

Singaporean artist Jeremy Sharma (Singapore, 1977- ) will also be showcasing his new commission at the exhibition.

ArtScience Museum will also explore the impact and legacies of minimalist sound and experimental composition within a dedicated Sound Room.

Throughout the duration of the exhibition, special programmes at both venues will feature music, film, dance and interactive installation, showing the close engagement of other art forms with Minimalism. Further details to be announced.

For more information about the exhibition, please visit: https://www.nationalgallery.sg/minimalism https://www.marinabaysands.com/museum/minimalism.htm

About National Gallery Singapore

National Gallery Singapore is a visual arts institution which oversees the largest public collection of modern art in Singapore and Southeast Asia. Situated in the heart of the Civic District, the Gallery is housed in two national monuments—City Hall and former Supreme Court—that have been beautifully restored and transformed into this exciting venue. Reflecting Singapore’s unique heritage and geographical location, the Gallery features Singapore and Southeast Asian art from Singapore’s National Collection in its long-term and special exhibitions. The Gallery also works with international museums to jointly present Southeast Asian art in the global context, positioning Singapore as a regional and international hub for the visual arts.

In 2016, the Gallery won the awards for “Best Attraction Experience”, “Breakthrough Contribution to Tourism” and “Best Customer Service (Attractions)” at the prestigious Singapore Tourism Awards for its role in adding to the vibrancy of Singapore’s tourism landscape.

About ArtScience Museum

ArtScience Museum at Marina Bay Sands is the cultural institution in Singapore that explores the intersection between art, science, technology and culture. Since opening in February 2011, the museum has staged large-scale exhibitions by some of the world’s major artists, including Leonardo da Vinci, Salvador Dalí, Andy Warhol, Vincent Van Gogh, and M.C. Escher. In addition, it has presented significant exhibitions which explore aspects of science, including, in recent shows, big data, particle physics, natural history, marine biology and space exploration.

ArtScience Museum’s striking lotus-inspired building, designed by Moshe Safdie, features 21 gallery spaces spanning nearly 5000m2. The museum has staged international exhibitions in partnership with renowned museums and galleries around the world, including the British Museum and Science Museum in London, the American Museum of Natural History in New York, the Ambrosiana in Milan, Mori Art Museum in Tokyo, the Australian Centre for Moving Image in Melbourne, and many others. ArtScience Museum also originates and produces exhibitions in-

house, and runs a full programme of education, events, activities and learning opportunities for a wide range of audiences.

ArtScience Museum is owned and operated by Marina Bay Sands.

Tun M and Tun Siti’s Lego Mural Unveiled at Lego Art Exhibition

As Malaysians celebrate the country’s 61st independence day, Carousell, Republic of Bricks (ROB) and Sunway Pyramid Mall unveiled an array of unique murals built entirely from LEGO bricks celebrating our country.
(L-R) Tang Siew Wai, Country Head of Carousell Malaysia, Zen Chan Yang Shan, President of ROB and Amy Hoo Ooi Mei, Senior Manager - Marketing of Sunway Pyramid unveiled the Tun M and Tun

Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad and Tun Dr. Siti Hasmah’s LEGO mural is the highlight of the exhibition that were held on 30 August at LG2, Central Avenue, Sunway Pyramid.

(L-R) Amy Hoo Ooi Mei, Senior Manager - Marketing of Sunway Pyramid, Tang Siew Wai, Country Head of Carousell Malaysia and Zen Chan Yang Shan, President of ROB unveiled the Tun M and Tun

18 unique LEGO mosaics will also be on display, featuring interesting Malaysian moments, culture and sceneries, coupled with LEGO-themed activities for visitors by Carousell. LEGO fans can also connect with LEGO collectors across Malaysia on Carousell.

“The LEGO builders and fans have long traded and exchanged ideas via our platform and we in turn focus on creating authentic relationships with our communities. Naturally, Merdeka is the perfect opportunity for us to engage the LEGO fan community while celebrating 61 years of independence which highlights their creativity,” said Tang Siew Wai, Country Head of Carousell Malaysia.

Siew Wai added that hobbyists and enthusiasts could buy exclusive LEGO collections on Carousell. “To date, we have approximately 1 million LEGO listings on Carousell. This includes exquisite and scarce pieces of LEGO items to suit the user’s needs.”

“Sunway Pyramid has always been a strong supporter of the creative arts, advocating a variant of artists to display their pieces in our mall. Our collaboration with Carousell and ROB is part of our continuous efforts to offer a variety of activities to our shoppers especially on this very significant Merdeka celebration,” said Amy Hoo Ooi Mei, Senior Manager – Marketing of Sunway Pyramid.

“Matching different LEGO pieces to build this mural resembles the diversification of our culture and races living together in peace and harmony. The murals were built by artists from ROB to convey our love for our country and promote creativity with bricks. Carousell and Sunway Pyramid have been supportive partners in developing the community, and we hope that through this initiative, more will follow suit and develop their interest by joining our LEGO community on Carousell,” said Zen Chan Yang Shan, President of ROB.

A total of 166,888 pieces of LEGO bricks were used for the portraits displayed at the event, with 9,216 pieces used for Tun M and Tun Siti’s mural which was built by members of ROB.

ROB is a LEGO fan interest and networking group that focuses on LEGO projects, events and display in Malaysia. Over the years, the group has gathered LEGO hobbyists across the country to learn and share their passion. At present, the group has over 1,000 members that consist of enthusiasts from all walks of life.

For more information, visit Carousell on www.facebook.com/carousell.my, or download the Carousell app from the Apple Store or Google Play Store.