Friday, July 27, 2012

Andy Warhol: 15 Minutes Eternal

"In the future, everyone will be world-famous for fifteen minutes."

We were greeted by this particular interview the moment we stepped foot into the exhibition. You've got to give it to Andy Warhol who has an endearing eccentricity about him.

I found this an exhibition quite informative without being boring. You get to see the works of Andy Warhol, an American artist who was a leading figure in an art movement known as pop art. In his native city, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, there is The Andy Warhol Museum which holds a permanent collection of his works.

Here are a few aspects I found interesting at the exhibition.

1) Silk screening- Campbell Soup to Marilyn Monroe 
The process of silk screening can be viewed at the free gallery. Over here, you get to see the process of silkscreening from a programme screened on the TV. The famous Campbell's Soup cans and portraits of Marilyn Monroe were among Warhol's first silkscreen productions.

Different colours make her expression appear different.

2) Time Capsule 
Whatever pre-conceived ideas you may have of how a time capsule looks like, here are Warhol's time capsules. To understand it and know what's contained in it, here's a useful article.

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3) Silver Clouds
Little dreamy inflated balloons over your head. These silver clouds were part of Warhol's collaboration with a scientist. The story goes that Warhol asked Billy Kluver if he could make a floating light bulb for him and they decided to use a material called Scotchpak by 3M which is apparently used by the army to wrap sandwiches. There's a photobooth here where you can take some props provided and take pictures in there but I found it a little redundant.

4) Free exhibition
There are lots of things that I haven't mentioned, but in any case, I think I should mention that you should visit the free exhibition on the other floor as well! It's more child-friendly (and for the child in all of us) because there are activities like making your own Warhol's glasses!

If you are bringing along a child, the free gallery might actually suit your needs better because it's more contained and has some activities to occupy your children. However, if your interest is piqued as to what exactly Warhol has done, go for the exhibition! Click here for the admission rates.

Andy Warhol: 15 Minutes Eternal 
17 March 2012 to 21 October 2012
Art Science Museum
10 Bayfront Avenue
Tel: +65 6688 8826


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