Trick Eye Museum in Resorts World Sentosa in Singapore features exhibits - 80 paintings and optical illusions. Most are unique to its gallery there.
Trompe l’oeil, a French term literally meaning ‘trick the eye’, is causing an artful stir in Singapore.
You can touch and hug the art pieces or even step inside and snap photos with them. That's the draw of trompe l’oeil artwork – two-dimension paintings which look like three-dimensional scenes and objects, thanks to an optical illusion. It's the main attraction of two new museums and one exhibition now showing in Singapore.
The past month saw the launch of two museums from South Korea with trompe l’oeil artwork. The Trick Eye Museum opened at Resorts World Sentosa and Alive Museum in Suntec City. Visitors pay an entrance fee to tour the museums. They can take photos of themselves posing with the paintings and sculptures, blending in with the scenery through a “trick” of the eye.
Local cafe The Connoisseur Concerto (TCC) is exhibiting a selection of such three-dimensional art at its gallery in Circular Road. The exhibition PantoneMyArt – 3-D In Colour runs until Oct 6, showcasing works from Singaporean artists such as Benjamin Qwek and Clogtwo. It's the first time the gallery is showcasing 3D art and, similarly, viewers are encouraged to interact with the works.
The artworks at the two museums here are hand-painted by anonymous Korean artists. Visitors can look forward to the original pieces created by them which incorporate local icons such as the Merlion and Marina Bay Sands.