I’m no fan of Singapore’s ArtScience “Museum.” The ASM doesn’t have a permanent collection and is owned and managed by Las Vegas Sands Corporation. jusdeananas said it best: “For a purported museum, there [is] little at the ASM that I recognized as the core mission of most such institutions: education, preservation, outreach.”
Last year’s “Van Gogh Alive: The Exhibition” and “Dalí: The Mind of a Genius” were incredibly underwhelming. “Van Gogh Alive” featured digital versions of the Dutch master’s works projected onto walls, columns, roofs and floors, accompanied by classical music. “Dalí” showcased lesser-known pieces of the great artist’s lifework, including sculpture and three dimensional objects.
I had vowed never to return.
Famous last words.
“Andy Warhol: 15 Minutes Eternal,” features paintings, drawings, sculptures, films, portraits, and video by the legendary American artist. It is comprehensive and well-curated. The works on display are almost entirely made up of inventory from the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, save for two works on long-term loan to the museum that belong to private collectors. (If you’ve been to the Andy Warhol Museum, you can give this show a miss.)
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BTW, the Ritz-Carlton Millenia Singapore houses a huge contemporary art collection—and offers a podcast on its 4,200 pieces, including works by Rainer Gross, David Hockney, and… Andy Warhol. And it’s free.
(Additional credits: From left to right: Sunset, 1972; Flowers, 1964. Courtesy The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.)