Singapore’s beloved, first and longest-serving prime minister, Lee Kuan Yew, would have turned 100 on 16th September 2023. To commemorate this day, X3D Studio is organising an immersive art exhibition that celebrates the life and legacy of Singapore’s visionary founding father on the centenary of his birth.
It’s an excellent opportunity for teens and younger generations to connect with the past so that they fully appreciate what it took to build this safe and prosperous country. None of it was easy and there are many lessons to take from history.
The exhibit will be held from 10th to 24th September 2023 and is open for ages 13 years and above.
‘Now Is Not the Time’ chronicles Mr Lee’s life and celebrates his legacy – as a national leader and global inspiration, as an advocate of multiculturalism and a champion of technology and innovation – through the magic of virtual production, AI, generative art, architecture, sculpture, film, and music.
Highlights of the Exhibition
This unique and immersive experience – featuring virtual production, Artificial Intelligence (AI), generative art, architecture, sculpture, film, and music – brings together a remarkable pool of top global talent, including the American artist Daniel Arsham, design studio Brewin Design Office, production house Refinery Media, award-winning composer Tay Chee Wei, and institutions such as LASALLE College of the Arts (LASALLE) and Nanyang Polytechnic (NYP).
Among the exhibition’s highlights is the work of New York-based contemporary artist Daniel Arsham, who created a series of art pieces – including a full-body sculpture of Mr Lee.
Mr Arsham, whose previous collaborations include work for global brands such as Dior, says, “I’ve been intrigued by Singapore since my first visit over 10 years ago,” “The futuristic nature of the city is incredibly inspiring to me and I’m truly humbled to be part of the celebrations marking Mr Lee’s 100th birthday. I hope the sculptures I have made in his honour will inspire a new generation and help them understand and appreciate the importance of his legacy as a revered global leader.”
Depicting a unique interplay between temporal perspectives, the exhibition leverages the power of immersive technology to bridge the past, present, and future. It is a transformative, multi-sensorial experience that delves into Singapore’s illustrious history.
Through technology and artistic innovations, ‘Now Is Not the Time’ spotlights the formidable challenges that Singapore hurdled during the stewardship of Mr Lee – his strategic decisions, indomitable courage, and unwavering foresight that constitute the bedrock of current Singapore.
The Inspiration Behind the Exhibition
Karen Seah, founder of X3D Studio, says, “Singapore truly owes our current successes to Lee Kuan Yew’s steadfast vision, values, sacrifice, and love in building our nation. This exhibition is our way of honouring him and his constant quest for excellence and progress.” Now Is Not the Time is an immersive experience that chronicles Mr Lee’s life and celebrates his legacy.
“We’ve merged the powers of art, technology, and storytelling to create an exhibition we hope resonates with different generations and across borders,” adds Ms Seah. The exhibition’s title, Now Is Not the Time, speaks to one of those lessons. “We’ve come a long way, yes, but now is not the time to rest on our laurels,” says Ms Seah. “Instead, we must continue to head into the future with passion and embrace the boundless opportunities in creativity and innovation.”
This monumental exhibition is made possible by the support of Singapore’s eminent organisations, including Founding Partners such as DBS Bank & Pontiac Land Group; and Partners such as Allen & Gledhill, Ho Bee Land, Kuok Group, Mapletree Investments, PSA International, RB Capital, SATS and Woh Hup.
Visitors are required to register at www.nowisnotthetime.sg and select their preferred time slots (in 30-minute blocks).
Venue: 25 Pasir Panjang Road
Date: 10th to 24th September 2023
Time: 11 am to 8 pm every day
Entrance Fee: Free
Website: Click here to check out a glimpse of the exhibit.