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Rooftop tearoom on the centre of a bamboo maze at National Gallery Singapore, Arts News & Top Stories

Dressed in a 100-year-old samurai outfit fabricated from Japanese hemp, efficiency artist Mai Ueda serves natural tea blended with iced watermelon juice to 4 guests at a time in a tearoom on the roof of National Gallery Singapore.

The small, air-conditioned bamboo enclosure – designed by Argentina-born Thai artist Rirkrit Tiravanija – at Ng Teng Fong Roof Garden Gallery is the center of a brand new artwork set up commissioned by the National Gallery.

The work, which is known as untitled 2018 (the infinite dimensions of smallness), will present right here till Oct 28. To attain the tearoom, viewers first stroll by means of a 4m-high, 15m-wide and 19m-long maze fabricated from bamboo poles lashed collectively.

It can take a minute or an hour to achieve the centre. The twisting path made by browning bamboo poles invitations guests to work together with each other and take loads of selfies on the rooftop area.

Tiravanija, who is 57 this 12 months, stated at a media preview yesterday: “I like to make work where I don’t have to tell people what to do. I want people who come to just be themselves.”

The artist blurs the strains between artwork and on a regular basis actions in his follow. An early work within the 1990s noticed him prepare dinner and serve curry to guests. In 1992, he constructed a teahouse stocked with leaves, so viewers may brew their very own tea.

In 2013, Ueda carried out the tea ceremony in a mirrored tearoom created by the Thai artist. She will serve tea on the rooftop tearoom to guests this weekend after which practice volunteers who will maintain tea ceremonies within the set up on the primary Sunday of each month, ending October.


    WHERE: Ng Teng Fong Roof Garden Gallery, National Gallery Singapore, 1 St Andrew’s Road

    WHEN: Till Oct 28, all day



    WHERE: Ng Teng Fong Roof Garden Gallery

    WHEN: Saturday and Sunday, 2 to 5pm, 30 minutes a session



    WHERE: Ng Teng Fong Roof Garden Gallery

    WHEN: Feb four, March four, April 1, May 6, June three, July 1, Aug 5, Sept 2 and Oct 7, 2 to 6pm


Tiravanija says: “I look at tea and coffee as a medicinal elixir.” He cites a legend the place a monk’s gown was used to create an enclosure to shelter the Buddha as he served tea to followers.

Alongside this non secular theme is using an on a regular basis development materials, bamboo, which the artist sees used for every little thing from flooring mats to constructing scaffoldings in Thailand. About 2,500 bamboo poles had been flown over from his home, Chiang Mai, to create the set up. “It’s a material I feel is part of my own structure,” says the artist.

While designing the set up, he thought of its location: a rooftop uncovered to solar, rain and humidity. “So I thought of how to make a shelter for whoever will come and spend time there,” he says. “The exhibition is in a public space and needs to be made in a way that the public can spend time with it.”

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