Asia-Pacific Quick Takes | July/August 2021
Guests Become Jedi or Sith in ‘Star Wars Identities: The Exhibition’
At “Star Wars Identities: The Exhibition” in Singapore’s ArtScience Museum, visitors enter the world of Han Solo, Luke Skywalker, and Princess Leia with an identity quest.
While exploring some 200 original items from the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art archive—including early concept sketches of Yoda, a model of the Millennium Falcon, and Jabba the Hutt’s remote-controlled eyes—guests also examine what their own identity within “Star Wars” universe might look like. By journey’s end, they could end up as a Wookiee Jedi or Gungan Sith.
“‘Star Wars Identities’ uses original artwork from the epic space saga to explore human identity in an innovative way,” says ArtScience Museum Executive Director Honor Harger. “We encourage them to ponder the motivation and forces that shape who we are as individuals.”
Singapore is the last stop on the global tour of “Star Wars Identities,” which was developed and produced by Montreal’s X3 Productions in collaboration with Lucasfilm Ltd. The timing of the exhibition coincided with the launch of the Disney+ streaming service in Singapore. Many of the exhibition’s artifacts will subsequently go on permanent display in California.
Museum of Ice Cream Launches First International Location in Singapore
New York City’s Museum of Ice Cream (MOIC) is set to transform a lush 60,000-square-foot property in Singapore’s Dempsey Hill into its first overseas location. Dempsey is the site of a former British Army barracks that is now home to popular seafood and Indian restaurants, chic cafes, and art galleries.
The Singapore MOIC will feature 14 never-before-seen installations, including the museum brand’s largest sprinkle pool and a “pink and yellow jungle with 10,000 bananas.” Visitors will be treated to five unique ice cream treats as they are guided through an experiential tour by performers.
“We have spent three years developing this launch,” says MOIC co-founder Manish Vora. “We cannot wait to welcome you to experience our most ambitious project to date, where Americana meets Singaporean nostalgia with a twist … or a swirl.”
MOIC started as a pop-up attraction in New York City and quickly sold out with a waitlist of more than 200,000 guests. The exhibit also enjoyed sold-out stints in Los Angeles and San Francisco in California and Miami, Florida.