May 17 — Day out with Ilya

Haven’t posted here in so long! Just returned from London LAB (what a fantastic trip) two days ago, and after spending a whole day nua-ing at home yesterday, it was time for me to get my legs moving and get myself out of the house.

The plan was for us to grab lunch at Ng Teng Fong Community Hospital (which we did!) before heading to Elgin Bridge along the Singapore River to see some murals that apparently exist beneath that bridge. But it was just too burning hot the entire day, around 39–40 deg C (supposedly 32 deg C, but felt way hotter than that ;n;). We spent a while looking at film cameras for her friend around the Peninsula Plaza area, and decided to just spend the afternoon in the National Gallery instead of dying in the heat getting to the river.

Hehe took a picture in front of the information board for the exhibit on Wu Guan Zhong.

There’s a gallery (space) within the National Gallery that is named after him, so I thought this exhibit was nothing new — except that I was wrong, and it is. He was born in China and studied art throughout his life in Paris. He died in 2010, and 115 of his works were donated to Singapore. Before entering his exhibition, we visited two others on more traditional forms of Chinese ink painting that I can never really appreciate: so this really felt like a breath of fresh air. I enjoy how he is rather minimalistic in his paintings: how blobs of color come together to suggest the built form, or that of a greenscape. And that splatter / blob painting reminiscent of Jackson Pollock!!

(from top to bottom, left to right):

1/ Jungle at the Foot of the Yulong Mountains (1976)

2/ Settlement on the Grassland (1998)

3/ A Former Homestead (1997)

4/ The Yulong Mountains at Sunset (1997)

Love this playful, cheeky sign — nice contrast with the more serious, regulated structure that is the National Gallery. Art should be friendly and approachable!! Not (overly) cold and standoffish, or even hostile (especially not in an art museum where visitors should be encouraged to get close — but maybe not too close — to the art).

Chiaroscuro in the building. How beautiful — a different space altogether/a different feeling/atmosphere created in the same space/movement created in the space with the shifting of light and shadow with the passing of time as marked by the movement of the sun and earth relative to each other.

Reflection of surrounding skyline on the pond on the roof!

Tried to do something hipster. Not a complete failure since I actually kinda like how it turned out, hehe.

Views from the rooftop!! Including a very patriotic photograph of Ilya that she can use on National Day hurhur. Thinking ahead!!

Stuck our stickers on the sticker board before leaving. Goodbye National Gallery! Thank you for letting us pop by and for making our afternoon so fun x

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