Hi, my name is Amos Lee. Yup, that same one who wrote his diary in the toilet.
My mum said I should earn some pocket money by putting my writing skills to use. So she got me this job. All I have to do is to write about fun stuff to do in Singapore. That’s it! Simple, right? I will try to be as honest as I can, but I’m 11 going on 12, if my idea of fun doesn’t agree with yours, don’t blame me.
The Saturday before the World Cup, I visited the Alive Gallery at Downtown East where 49 exhibits spanning periods from the Ancient Arts, World of Roman and Greek Gods and the Renaissance Masters were shown. Mum said I would learn about the Edmund Burke Feldman Four-Step Art Appreciation theory, to understand how art is produced, what art material is used and the historical and aesthetic value of art and the message behind it. Phew, so much to absorb! But I’m just a kid. I’m only interested in something if it has entertainment value. And this exhibition has it. 3D animation, check. Holograms and talking images, double check! Yup, let me put it simply, the paintings talk. Their mouths can move!
So there I was in a recreated studio of Michelangelo (Yeah, one of the four monikers given to the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles), and he was talking about how tough it was to paint the ceiling fresco of the Sistine Chapel in 1508. I’ll bet. You should try lying under a desk and paint the underside of it. That was what he went though, and it took him over four years! Then, in another corner, I overheard Leonardo da Vinci talking to the twelve apostles in The Last Supper. He was telling them how to pose and where to look as he paints them. Boy, it was creepy but at least now I know what it took to perfect the composition of his masterpiece back in 1497.
But what really got me excited was seeing the Mona Lisa. She replied every single question I asked. And get this, she speaks two languages! English and Mandarin! Most of the questions that were asked were related to the history of the painting in 1503. But there were some cheeky ones, like this boy who asked who would win the World Cup. Mona Lisa said, “Spain!” So there you go, even a painting predicted the Spaniards’ victory. So should you check this exhibition out? Yes! Because Amos Lee said so.
Opening hours: 10am to 8pm, except Mondays
Admission fees: $12 - $16 (S1 ticketing fee applies)
About Amos Lee
Amos Lee is an 11-year-old toilet diarist. He’s the brainchild of Adeline Foo, a mother of three and a published children’s book author. Amos’ first book, The Diary of Amos Lee, I Sit, I Write, I Flush! won the International School Libraries Network's Red Dot Award for Best Junior Book in 2010. A best seller listed on the Straits Times’ Top Ten Children’s Books, The Diary of Amos Lee #1 and its second title, Girls, Guts and Glory, hogged the chart for 30 weeks! ‘Famous Amos’ has now taken to blogging for inSing to recommend fun things to do for kids. Look out for his third book, out in end November 2010. And if you’re reading this column diligently, he’ll invite you to his launch party.
About Adeline Foo
Adeline is a mother of three and a published children’s book author. She has written 15 books, including two national best sellers. "The Diary of Amos Lee: I Sit, I Write, I Flush!" also won the International School Libraries Network's Red Dot Award for Best Junior Book. She is currently on a scholarship, pursuing an MFA in Dramatic Writing from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts Asia.