Mars: The Red Mirror is the most comprehensive historical and cultural showcase on the Red Planet to be presented in Singapore, synthesizing 12,000 years of cultural history surrounding Mars through art, history, and science, from ancient times to the present day.
Presented by ArtScience Museum and the Centre of Contemporary Culture Barcelona (CCCB) and curated by Juan Insua, Mars: The Red Mirror comes at a significant moment in history where humanity’s enduring connection to the Red Planet has culminated in three active rover missions on Mars. With the Red Planet having come to serve as a mirror, metaphor, and source of inspiration for humanity, the exhibition weaves together enthralling narratives from pioneering scientists, modern day experts, filmmakers, writers, and contemporary artists. It will examine depictions of Mars throughout history and across cultures from ancient Greece to Asia, chart scientific discoveries relating to the planet and its moons, as well as investigate the portrayal of Mars in science fiction. It will also feature over 300 objects, including rare scientific manuscripts, sculptures, historical artefacts, films, contemporary artworks, and even an authentic Martian meteorite.
First shown in Barcelona in 2021, this new version of Mars: The Red Mirror also turns its lens to Asia – from tracing Mars’ ancient imprints in China, India, and Japan, and celebrating the legacy of pioneering Asian astronomers, to providing a glimpse into the depiction of Mars in Southeast Asian pop culture with a rare collection of 50 unique Indonesian comics. Additionally, the exhibition provides a platform for Singapore’s own Space Faculty, which champions space technology’s transformative potential in the region, as well as showcases contemporary art by Asian artists exploring the hopes and challenges of humanity’s planetary pursuits.
More info and tickets: https://www.marinabaysands.com/museum/exhibitions/mars.html
Venue: ArtScience Museum, 6 Bayfront Avenue, Singapore 018974
When: 25 Nov - 7 Apr 2023,