Imaginarium: Voyage of Big Ideas at Singapore Art Museum at 8Q


Earlier today, my family and I attended the media preview of Imaginarium: Voyage of Big Ideas at Singapore Art Museum at 8Q on the invitation of the museum and CRIB, an incubator which aims to empower women, especially mothers, to become successful entrepreneurs.

Imaginarium is SAM’s fifth annual contemporary art exhibition for children and features works by artists from Singapore and the region, all who were attendance this afternoon. And while the museum claims that the “exhibition as a whole has been curated with careful attention to how children learn and play, and to appeal to different senses, modes of learning, and exploration,” several artists’ works are much more successful in achieving those goals than others.

The works that encourage adventure, discovery, and new possibilities (repeated play) are: We Built This Estate by Chiang Yu Xiang, an installation that invites museum-goers to create their own housing estates from Tetris-inspired blocks; Let’s Make! Studio by Izziyana Suhaimi, a craft workspace in which children and their caregivers can explore the fiber arts (embroidery, weaving, etc.) and hand-make small objects to display on the walls in the space, thus creating a “tapestry”; and Kiko’s Secrets by Kumkum Fernando, an installation comprised of three giant boxes which each offer unique sensory experiences around a different theme (the woods, the city, the sky). These were the works that my child was completely fascinated or absorbed by as well.

So, is it worth it? Once, at least! As I wrote, the exhibition offers only a few opportunities for sustained and repeated engagement. Imaginarium: Voyage of Big Ideas opened to the public today at 3pm and will run until July 19, 2015.