Instaworthy Museum Exhibits In Singapore

Tired of your usual weekend routine? Change things up with a visit to one of these cool museum exhibits instead.

1. Plastic Ocean by Tan Zi Xi

Part of the Imaginarium: Over the Ocean, Under the Sea exhibition at SAM at 8Q, 8 Queen Street, Singapore 188535 | Runs until 28 August 2016 | Admission: Free for Singaporeans and PRs. More info on admission fees here.

If we’re being completely honest here, this was the exhibition that kickstarted the idea of doing an article on Instaworthy museum exhibits. After all, who would’ve thought that everyday garbage would make such a pretty and – dare we say – whimsical backdrop for OOTDs?

In this amazing exhibit, artist Tan Zi Xi highlights the pressing problem of pollution in our seas. Plastic Ocean consists of approximately 26,000 pieces of non-biodegradable trash containers, painstakingly cleaned then hung from the ceiling with nylon string. The exhibition is supposed to give viewers the sensation of floating in a sea of trash, but who knew that it would be so…magical? Two thumbs up for this creative yet thoughtful approach to highlighting the problem of pollution.

Plastic-Ocean-by-Tan-Zi-Xi(Photo by: Vivien Tan/@vivtanshithui)

2. Dimana Mogus? by Mulyana

Part of the Imaginarium: Over the Ocean, Under the Sea exhibition at SAM at 8Q, 8 Queen Street, Singapore 188535 | Runs until 28 August 2016 | Admission: Free for Singaporeans and PRs. More info on admission fees here.

Dimana Mogus?, which translates to Where’s Mogus?, is based on the artist Mulyana’s octopus monster alter ego. Not sure why anyone would choose to be an octopus monster of all things, but hey, who are we to question the artist right?

The exhibition has a much younger appeal to it, with colourful sculptures that create a vibrant and playful backdrop for photos. Dimana Mogus? is an interactive exhibition, so viewers are also allowed to touch the sculptures (“Gently ah, gently!” the exhibit sitter cautions).

Dimana-Mogus-by-Mulyana(Photo by: Vivien Tan/@vivtanshithui)

3. Apex Predator by Yuree Kensaku

Part of the Imaginarium: Over the Ocean, Under the Sea exhibition at SAM at 8Q, 8 Queen Street, Singapore 188535 | Runs until 28 August 2016 | Admission: Free for Singaporeans and PRs. More info on admission fees here.

Yet another installation at the Singapore Art Museum (seriously guys, it’s one of the most Instaworthy museums around town if you ask us), Apex Predator by Yuree Kensaku is a wall mural that depicts mankind’s exploitation of the oceans. Thought-provoking message aside (stop eating shark’s fin yo), you have to admit that the colourful acrylic installation makes for a good OOTD background no?

The installation comprises of 3 wall murals located at the fairly empty stairwells of 8Q (the Singapore Art Museum’s extension annex), so you don’t have to worry about people judging your OOTD posing skills interrupting your moment of art appreciation.

Apex-Predator-by-Yuree-Kensaku

4. Offshore Accounts – 1 by Rashid Rana

Part of the Odyssey: Navigating Nameless Seas exhibition at the Singapore Art Museum, 71 Bras Basah Road, Singapore 189555 | Runs until 28 August 2016 | Admission: Free for Singaporeans and PRs. More info on admission fees here.

Compared to the other exhibitions in this list, Offshore Accounts – 1 by Rashid Rana may seem rather…well, simple. Sure, it may not have fancy lights or vibrant colours, but this simple yet complex piece is an interesting take on a seascape. If you look closer at the artwork, you’ll see that the waves are actually made up of thousands of miniature images – which is pretty damn cool, if you ask us.

The miniature images depict trash and colonial ships, which may seem like a random combination but hey, that’s art right? Just kidding. The colonial ships represent the sea’s deep roots in colonial trade, while the trash symbolises how our consumerist culture has led to the pollution of the seas.

Deep messages aside, the art installation also makes for the perfect Instagram hipster photo backdrop. Just stand in the centre with your back facing the camera, put on your best “I love admiring art in my spare time (and not watching YouTube)” pose and voilà, you now have an Instagram-worthy photo. 

Offshore-Accounts-1-by-Rashid-Rana

5. Crystal Universe by teamLab

Part of the FUTURE WORLD: Where Art Meets Science exhibition at the ArtScience Museum, Marina Bay Sands, 6 Bayfront Avenue, Singapore 018974 | Permanent (exhibits may change) | Admission: From $13. Get your tickets here.

You’ve probably already seen numerous Instagram photos from Crystal Universe, and for good reason too. The installation, which was created with over 170,000 LED lights, gives one the illusion of being in a galaxy of stars. It also makes for very good emo/contemplative Instagram photos you know?

The installation, which was created by Tokyo-based artist collaborative teamLab, is part of the FUTURE WORLD: Where Art Meets Science exhibition at the ArtScience Museum.

Crystal-Universe(Photo by: Vivien Tan/@vivtanshithui)

6. Flutter of Butterflies Beyond Borders

Part of the FUTURE WORLD: Where Art Meets Science exhibition at the ArtScience Museum, Marina Bay Sands, 6 Bayfront Avenue, Singapore 018974 | Permanent (exhibits may change) | Admission: From $13. Get your tickets here.

Flutter of Butterflies Beyond Borders is another installation that is part of the FUTURE WORLD: Where Art Meets Science exhibition by teamLab. The installation, which is inspired by nature, immerses viewers in a virtual garden of flowers.

The cool thing about the exhibition though, is that it evolves throughout the year to mimic the four seasons – so now you know where to go if you want to experience autumn in Singapore.

Flutter-of-Butterflies-Beyond-Borders(Photo by: Vivien Tan/@vivtanshithui)

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