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Arts Picks: Toy Legends

The artist draws on his childhood memory to create this tongue-in-cheek installation of miniature green toy soldiers (above), popular in the 1960s, transformed into mighty contemporary warrior sculptures in a mall.
The artist draws on his childhood memory to create this tongue-in-cheek installation of miniature green toy soldiers (above), popular in the 1960s, transformed into mighty contemporary warrior sculptures in a mall.PHOTO: LUMIERE PHOTOGRAPHY SINGAPORE

TOY LEGENDS BY JUSTIN LEE

In celebration of SG50, Scotts Square collaborates with Lasalle College of the Arts to present The Art Of Celebration - Toy Legends by Justin Lee. As a child, Lee loved playing with toy soldiers. The artist draws on his childhood memory to create this tongue-in-cheek installation of miniature green toy soldiers, popular in the 1960s, transformed into mighty contemporary warrior sculptures in a mall.

The 75cm-tall figures are cast in fibreglass and moulded into figurines donning iconic Chinese terracotta warrior attire.

WHERE: Atrium, Scotts Square MRT: Orchard WHEN: Till Aug 31, 10am - 10pm daily ADMISSION: Free INFO: www.scottssquareretail.com


OUT OF MYTH, ONTO_LOGICAL BY PO PO


PHOTO: PO PO

Curated by Nathalie Johnston, an independent art researcher from the United States who has lived in Yangon since 2009, this is acclaimed artist Po Po's first solo in 18 years outside Myanmar. It looks at an extensive archive of the artist's work (left) dating back to the early 1980s. Not only does this solo put one of the country's most radical artist's work in context, but it also helps shine the light on how conceptual art has been evolving in Myanmar.

WHERE: Yavuz Gallery, 02-23 Gillman Barracks, 9 Lock Road MRT: Labrador Park WHEN: Till Sept 13, 11am - 7pm (Tue - Sat), 1 - 5pm (Sun), by appointment on Mon ADMISSION: Free TEL: 6734-3262 INFO: www.yavuzgallery.com


BALLET MASTERCLASS BY JOY WOMACK


PHOTO: CLOUD & VICTORY

If you are into ballet, look out for this series of master classes by Joy Womack, the first American principal dancer at the Kremlin Ballet. A former dancer at the renowned Bolshoi Ballet, Womack is a sought-after guest teacher in Europe and America and a Youth American Grand Prix winner. These master classes, organised by Cloud & Victory dancewear, will see her cover ballet techniques, flexibility and pointe. Open to adults and students.

WHERE: The Green Room at Dance on Us studios, 8 Claymore Hill Road MRT: Orchard WHEN: Next Thu & Fri, 6 - 10pm ADMISSION: $65 INFO: E-mail masterclass@ cloudandvictory.com. Go to www.masterclass.cloud andvictory.com


DEMENTIA BY HUNGARY'S PROTON THEATRE


PHOTO: MARTON AGH

Since its debut in 2013, this modern-day parable laced with dark humour has played to full houses in Hungary and received critical acclaim. Inspired by the real-life shutdown of the country's National Mental Asylum in 2008, it looks at the breakdown of communism and the callousness of capitalism. In the play, a psychiatric hospital in post-socialist Budapest, full of patients struggling with dementia, is forced to close down because it is unable to pay its bills. Hungarian director Kornel Mundruczo, who won the Un Certain Regard for his film White God at last year's Cannes Film Festival, is behind this scathing critique.

WHERE: Victoria Theatre MRT: Raffles Place WHEN: Today & tomorrow, 8pm ADMISSION: $30 - $60 from Sistic (go to www.sistic.com.sg or call 6348-5555)

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 14, 2015, with the headline 'Arts Picks: Toy Legends By Justin Lee'. Print Edition | Subscribe