From the worlds of Art, Culture, Travel and Design.
The exhibition features over 275 haute couture dresses
ON THE BUND
From the Musée des Arts Décoratifs and the Victoria & Albert Museum, the “Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams” exhibition has headed to Shanghai’s Long Museum West Bund with new scenography. More than 275 haute couture dresses are showcased alongside illustrations by René Gruau and Christian Bérard; works by renowned Chinese artists the likes of Gao Weigang, Liang Yuanwei and Wang Guangle; and photographs by Annie Leibovitz, Sarah Moon, Steven Meisel and Leslie Zhang, among others. The exhibition, which runs till 4 October, promises to be an immersive experience with 14 thematic universes that focus on Dior emblems such as The Bar jacket.
From left: An illustration of a dress that Riccardo Tisci designed for 7 Deaths of Maria Callas. Tisci with Marina Abramovic. Abramovic trying on the dress for size.
MARRIAGE OF MINDS
Creative soulmates Riccardo Tisci and Marina Abramovic have had numerous fruitful collaborations while Tisci was at Givenchy, making it little surprise that he’d continue this partnership while at the helm of Burberry. Tisci designed all the costumes for Abramovic’s latest work, an operatic project entitled 7 Deaths of Maria Callas, developed together with composer Marko Nikodijevic. Shedding light on Callas’s life by drawing on famous scenes that the soprano played in operas (such as Carmen, Norma, Madama Butterfly and La Traviata), this new work saw Tisci and Abramovic working closely to reinterpret opera’s theatrical costumes with a modern touch. Watch the 7 Deaths of Maria Callas on staatsoper.tv; on till 6 October.
Meta Restaurant’s Mushroom Salad
THAT’S SO META
Take a culinary journey as Chef Sun Kim of one-Michelin-starred Meta offers tasting and lunch menus built around premium Korean ingredients. His Ok-dom Rice sees charcoal-grilled tilefish from Jeju Island served on a bed of rice cooked with pen shell scallops, little neck clams and burdock from South Korea’s west coast. Then there’s the mushroom salad with wood ear from Ansung, baek-hwa-go white shiitake and mini king oysters tossed with charred green asparagus, sautéed buckwheat gnocchi and pine nuts. Visit metarestaurant.sg.
“A Century of Memories” features 20 new artworks by Lim Tze Peng, including (from top) Abundant Loads and Down Memory Lane
The recipient of numerous awards, including the Special Prize at the Commonwealth Art Exhibition in England and Singapore’s Cultural Medallion, Lim Tze Peng is a living legend whose famed paintings of old Singapore scenes are prominently exhibited in art institutions such as the National Gallery Singapore and Singapore Art Museum. From now till 28 October, 20 of his new works will be showcased in a virtual exhibition, “A Century of Memories”, on Ode to Art’s website (odetoart.com), culminating in a gallery that presents 100 of his works in the hands of art collectors and their greetings to the near-centenarian artist, who turned 99 this September.
andBeyond runs virtual safaris twice daily
ESCAPE IN COMFORT
Go on a safari without leaving your sofa and do good for conservation while you’re at it. Buoyed by the positive response to WILDwatch Live, its daily live streams of safari drives, luxury travel company andBeyond has launched a range of virtual services to provide adventure-seekers with a deeper, more connected experience. Speak to an andBeyond guide on wildlife and conservation in a private session shared with loved ones (US$200 for up to six links), or sign the little tykes up for live Q&A sessions specially tailored to them (US$20 per link). The fees for these activities will go towards sustainability and conservation initiatives. Visit andBeyond.com for more details.
Kin Chui, Station 13010 (2020), National Gallery Singapore
ART ON THE DOT
National Gallery Singapore and Singapore Art Museum have launched an initiative titled “Proposals for Novel Ways of Being” to support the local art community with a prominent platform to showcase their work during the pandemic. Involving 12 local art institutions, independent art spaces and collectives, the initiative sees over 170 local artists and cultural workers coming together to present exhibitions and programmes that explore life in a world forever changed by Covid-19. Show your support and get your culture fix at the same time. Visit novelwaysofbeing.sg to plan your weekends from now till February 2021.
Clockwise from top left: Jungle Animalier sugar bowl, $480; teacup and saucer, $440, Versace. Tropical Bird glasses, about $690 for a set of six, Casarialto at Artemes. Tropical Square Platter, about $42, Kika Tableware. Flora folding table and a set of two resting trays, about $7,441, Mary Justice Designs. Primavera salt shaker, about $375, Christian Lacroix at Vista Alegre. Passifolia dessert plate, Hermès
Bring the great outdoors in and serve your guests with tableware that celebrate the tropics in true style.