Prepare for a month-long affair of art appreciation at these worldwide exhibitions
When Art Mirrors Life
The ArtScience Museum in Marina Bay Sands has teamed up with Google, Lenovo, WWF, Panasonic, Qualcomm, MediaMonks and Singaporean artist Brian Gothong Tan to create an incredible virtual rainforest inside the museum, which you can explore using a smartphone device. In the virtual rainforest, you assume the role of a wildlife ranger and will come face-to-face with some of the endangered and more common species that inhabit rainforests in Southeast Asia. The ‘Into The Wild’ virtual reality experience has an impact on the real world when you plant a virtual tree; for every seed digitally sowed, a real tree is planted in the Rimbang Baling rainforest in Indonesia.
Fabric of Art
British sculptor and Turner Prize winner Richard Deacon presents a vast exhibition entitled ‘SOME TIME’ this month at the Middelheim Museum in Antwerp. Deacon describes his aesthetic and himself as a ‘Fabricator’, meaning that he strives to test fabrics to their absolute limit as well as the language and meaning of objects. For the exhibition, he presents 30 works, with the integral piece being Nevermind, a sculpture from the early ‘90s that has been reworked and restored especially for the show.
The National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne welcomes a ‘90s revival with current exhibition ‘Every Brilliant Eye: Australian Art of the 1990s’. The show explores Australian art from this decade, a time during which new materials and technological innovations had a huge impact on the arts scene. The show includes works in several mediums from film to fashion and explores several subcultures and movements that emerged during this dynamic decade.
Stroke by Stroke
In celebration of its 25th anniversary, the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum in Madrid presents its technical study of the iconic Harlequin with a Mirror by Pablo Ruiz Picasso. The Modern Painting Department at the Museum used a variety of methods, including X-ray and infrared, to explore the creative process behind the painting, shedding light on how it was conceived and how the painting was executed. The show gives an insight into Picasso’s genius and skill, offering a technical analysis that visitors are sure to find intriguing.
This month, the Asian Civilisations Museum has teamed up with the Australian High Commission for an exhibition that raises awareness about the increase in ocean pollution along the Northern coast of Australia. The escalation is attributed to lost or discarded fishing nets that have drifted from Southeast Asia to the Northern territories of Australia. The nets are harmful for marine wildlife, such as turtles and sawfish, which has a knock-on effect on the ecosystem. ‘Ghost Nets of the Ocean– Au Karem ira Lamar Lu’ features 50 large-scale woven sculptures of marine life that are created from retrieved fishing nets.
This month sees the launch of the Korean Cultural Centre UK’s yearlong programme of visual arts exhibitions at venues across the UK. Kicking off proceedings are two exhibitions taking place in London and Liverpool. For the whole of July, visit the V&A museum in London for the Korean ceramics residency, while from 14 July, artist Suki Seokyeong Kang will present a new commission specially made for the 2018 Liverpool Biennial. There are events spanning the rest of the year right up until July 2018.