Gallery 1819 straight from the factory

With museums yet to fully open after the coronavirus lockdown, Pangzi was surprised to learn that I was taking him to Gallery 1819 in the Tan Boon Liat Building. “How to practise social distancing in an enclosed gallery full of people?” he asked. “Don’t worry, nobody knows Tan Boon Liat. We’ll have the place all …

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West Bund Museum with French secrets

“Daddy, why is french fries French?” Pangzi asked one day. “Let me tell you a secret only a few know,” I whispered, “but you must first follow me to Centre Pompidou.” “Where’s this… Pom Pi Pi?” “Down by the Huangpu River. It’s a newly opened French contemporary art gallery in Shanghai. They’ve given Centre Pompidou a …

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Our own summit at The Art Space

“Daddy, can I go Orchard Road?” Pangzi suddenly asked. “No, we just went shopping,” I said. “Then can I go Sentosa?” he asked again. Something was not right. “Thought I said no more theme parks for you. Now what’s going on?” I snapped. “Daddy, I just want to see my hero the North Korea leader.” …

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No bats but sharks at Parkview Museum

“Wanna go Batman building?” I tempted Pangzi. That’s the street name for Parkview Square in Bugis, which housed the new Parkview Museum, my true destination. “See Batman? I want, I want!” He fell straight for it. Parkview Museum is located at the third floor of the majestic Parkview Square, which some say is the best …

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Toyama museum not for wimps

One day, Pangzi came home complaining of bruises after sports. During my time, we picked ourselves up and fought on even on one good limb. Are children made of glass nowadays? In order to show Pangzi real glass, I took him to a Toyama museum, where glass art was the centrepiece. The Toyama Glass Art Museum is …

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Hear no evil at SOTA Art Gallery

Raining, go where? SOTA Art Gallery popped up just as we were trying to find a place to hide in. “Let’s go in,” I told Pangzi. SOTA Art Gallery looked brand new, and I was elated about my accidental find. “But Daddy, it’s raining,” he protested. Precisely! It turned out SOTA Art Gallery was more …

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Conquering Heyri Art Valley on buggy

If you could go back in time to relive just one day in your life, which day would it be? For me, that’d be the time when Pangzi and I cruised through Heyri Art Valley on a rented buggy. That was about the only day he had behaved himself. As the chilly autumn wind blew …

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No dinosaurs in REDSEA Gallery at Dempsey Road

When I wanted to take Pangzi to the REDSEA Gallery at Dempsey Road for his usual dose of art appreciation, he’d expected to see nothing but dinosaurs. “That’s Dempsey Road, and we’re going for an exhibition called Edge of the World, not Jurassic World,” I reminded him. However, I did promise him there would be some animals …

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K+ gives new meaning to Orchard Road

Ion Art is great, but with K+, there’s a new kid in town to rival the incumbent for the attention of art buffs like Pangzi. Orchard Road suddenly has more to offer than just streets of shopping. “Art gallery again?” Pangzi protested. “This time we’re going Orchard Road, not just anywhere,” I said in defence. …

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Imagine a bigger world at Imaginarium

Life was different when I was Pangzi’s age. Last time we were very poor. Now we are very good at hiding we are very poor. The trick is simple: just imagine. I took Pangzi to the Imaginarium exhibition at the Singapore Art Museum to drive home the point. Imaginarium is more of an indoor playground …

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