death by paper cut

What do you get when you turn 25 master pieces into a tableau and put it to the music of 70 Million? an MTV by Hold Your Horses!

1. Davinci, Last Supper
1 Davinci, Last Supper
2. Boticelli, Birth of Venus
2 Boticelli, Birth of Venus
3. Rembrant, Anatomy Lesson of Dr. Nicholas Tulp
3 Rembrant, Anatomy Lesson of Dr. Nicholas Tulp
4. Holbein the Younger, Henry VIII
5. Vermeer, Girl with the Pearl Earring
4 Holbein the Younger, Henry VIII5 Vermeer, Girl with the Pearl Earring
6. Gericault, Raft of the Medusa
Gericault,Theodore (1791-1824)
7. David, Death of Marat
7 David, Death of Marat
8. Michelangelo, Creation of Adam
8 Michelangelo, Creation of Adam
9. Magritte, Son of Man
9 Magritte, Son of Man
10. Mondrian, Composition
10 Mondrian, Composition
11. Khalo, Self-Portrait
11 Khalo, Self-Portrait
12. Picasso, Portrait of Dora Maar
12 Picasso, Portrait of Dora Maar
13. Munch, The Scream
13 Munch, The Scream
14. Gogh, Self-Portrait
14 Gogh, Self-Portrait
15. Warhol, Marylin Monroe
15 Warhol, Marylin Monroe
16. Unknown, Gabrielle Estrees and one of her sisters
16 Unknown, Gabrielle Estrees and one of her Sisters
17. Cimabue, Madonna Enthroned
17 Cimabue, Madonna Enthroned
18. Caravaggio, Salome with the Head of John the Baptist
18 Caravaggio, Salome with the Head of John the Baptist
19. Manet, Olympia
19 Manet, Olympia
20. Delacroix, Liberty Leading the People
20 Delacroix, Liberty Leading the People
21. Dix, Portrait of Journalist Sylvia von Harden
21 Dix, Portrait of Journalist Sylvia von Harden
22. Klimt, Der Kiss
22 Klimt, Der Kiss
23. Chagall, The Bride
23 Chagall, The Bride
24. Velazquez, Las Meninas
24 Velazquez, Las Meninas
25. Gogh, Sunflowers
25 Gogh, Sunflowers


{March 11, 2010}   critique of cliques

this is brilliant!

{September 21, 2009}   Picturesque

when i was in melbourne, i took days off just walking around the city and parks and borders of national parks just to walk and take photos. i took that habit back to singapore with me and took in my hot humid strides, the hot humid weather. fortunately for me, i have the geek and visiting friends like cw who do not mind striking it out in the sun and off the beaten track.

last week, cw and i had our fixed of lanes and alleys at little india and chinatown. unfortunately i didn’t have my camera with me that day. we began with lunch at  gurkha palace restaurant, criss crossed all the intersecting streets at little india, got our henna done, took the mrt to chinatown, walked down pagoda street, crossed over to club street to check out books actually and polymath and crust, and finally sauntered to keong saik street for a pit stop at 25 degree celsius.

together with xh 2 days later, we had breakfast at ghim moh market, began our art gallery crawl at dempsey, continued to mica, robertson quay, old school, wessex square village.

and then the next day, we trekked along the southern ridges from clementi woods to harborfront with the geek and company. what a trooper!

kent ridge park – board walk
Southern Ridges - Kent Ridge 4

southern ridges – forest walk
Southern Ridges - Forest Walk 11

colbar – wessex
Wessex Square Village - Open Studio 6

laurent bernard – wessex
Wessex Estate - Laurent Bernard 3

klee – wessex
Wessex Estate - Klee

old school
Old School 2

jones the grocer
Jones the Grocer - Mamiya 3

turkish ice cream at clarke quay
Clarke Quay - Turkish Ice Cream 9

clarke quay shop houses
Clarke Quay - 5 Foot Way

ghim moh market
Ghim Moh Market Old Men

{August 1, 2009}   “i love my willy”

Reduced Shakespeare Company

last night, d.r. and i attended “the complete works of william shakespeare” by the reduced shakespeare company at the drama centre.

it was my first time attending a performance at the drama centre and i loved it. it felt up close and cosy – perfect for an intimate performance.

the trio from the rsc sustained a high level of energy and wit thought the 2 hour performance. you don’t have to be an avid reader of shakespeare or a thespian or an academic buff to enjoy the show. in fact, to the uninitiated, this is an insightful and light hearted keynote address to shakespeare in a nutshell.

the 37 plays are not equally divided upon 97 minutes. in fact hamlet took the entire half of the performance after the intermission. the comedies of shakespeare were condense into a 10-15 minute gig aptly called ‘4 weddings and a transversite’.

i was pretty pleased with myself that i knew where mid summer’s night dream blended into the tempest and when twelth’s night began and when all’s well that end’s well ended.

there was also audience participation and occasionally localised to humor the singaporean audience. it shows that they do their research and bother about heightening the enjoyment for the audience profile. it was commented that the history plays was like a game of football with the crown tossed about, pretty much like how liver pool trounced the lions for the victory.

true to shakespeare’s plays, there were also many sexual innuendos that i suspect didn’t get the attention of all the audience – which made it even wickedly funnier.

all in all, it was a great show where the performers gave 200% of themselves.

since my return from melbourne, i’ve been thrilled by the make over that the national museum of singapore has done. the old dame’s exterior is still a recognizable icon of colonial history but the new direction it takes to be inclusive and relevant has taken a new dimension.

when i was young, i frequented the singapore history museum only to find the same old exhibits i.e. diorama of the founding of colonial singapore and the arrival of the immigrant workers. history was not contested, just narrated. it wasn’t a place you’d find many children either because the sacred grounds were hush-hushed.

since last year however, the national museum of singapore has held programmes specially with the future generation of museum visitors in mind – children’s season. although the target audience is for kids and families, i thoroughly enjoyed these events.

my niece has visited both children’s season 08 and children’s season 09. i believe she, and her little brother will continue the habit. so will i. great job nhb!.

Children's Season Bubbles

Children's Season Bubbles

Children's Season Isadora's Workshop Children's Season Isadora's Workshop

Children's Season PLAY! Children's Season PLAY!

this sunday, many hhb museums are open free to the public. xh and i are intending to do a museum crawl over the entire day. check out the official website.

et cetera