The Universe And Art
Astonishing works commissioned from Asian Civilisations Museum displayed
From 1 April 2017, visitors can take off on an artistic voyage through the cosmos with ArtScience Museum's most updated exhibition – The Universe and Art.
The new show weaves a rich constellation of Eastern and Western philosophies, ancient and contemporary art, and science and religion, to investigate and understand how humanity contemplate its presence in the Universe.
This is a collaboration exhibition with
Mori Art Museum of Tokyo and ArtScience Museum Singapore. Featuring over 120 original artworks, scientific artefacts and manuscripts, the show will present visions of the Universe from across the globe and through the centuries. Other masterpieces will also be on loan from Singapore's very own Asian Civilisations Museum and a newly commissioned installation by British sculptor, Conrad Shawcross.
The Universe and Art unfolds in four parts. First, it pivots on historical cosmologies from around the world such as religious art from Buddhism, Hindu and Jain traditions as well as the birth of astronomy as science, where a remarkable collection of artefacts from east and west, including key works by Galileo, Kepler and Newton is shown in Singapore for the first time. Second, new scientific thinking is examined and presented by contemporary artist. Third, it explores the origin of life in the cosmos through artworks by major figures such as Hiroshi Sugimoto and Patricia Piccinini. Lastly, it ponders life in space through the work of historical pioneers and more contemporary artists.
“Humanity has always looked to art, mythology and philosophy in an attempt to fathom the Universe and its mysteries. The