For many Singaporeans, our childhood was filled with fond memories spent watching and learning valuable life lessons from cartoons and television shows—and one such character that populated our television screens back in the day is none other than the iconic Doraemon! For those who need a little introduction: Doraemon is a playful fictional cat-robot from the future created by the late Mr Fujiko F Fujio, known for his innovative solutions to every problem and his handy dandy 4D Pocket!
Yasuyuki Nishio, ‘Optical Apparition’ (2017), THE DORAEMON EXHIBITION SINGAPORE 2022 ©Fujiko-Pro
Mika Ninagawa, ‘A tale of my dear DORA on a date’ (2017), THE DORAEMON EXHIBITION SINGAPORE 2022 ©Fujiko-Pro
ShiShi Yamazaki, (Pink) Dust In The Wind (2017), THE DORAEMON EXHIBITION SINGAPORE 2022 ©Fujiko-Pro
For fans of the beloved Japanese character, you’ll soon be able to relive the many memories you’ve had with Doraemon, and even make new ones at the brand new Doraemon Exhibition happening at National Museum Singapore! The Doraemon Exhibition has made 9 stops in various cities in Japan, and Singapore marks the exhibition’s 10th stop and very first international stop outside of Japan! The exhibition will feature contemporary artworks in various mediums, from paintings, sculptures, graphics, short films, installations and more; plus even some specially commissioned pieces from our very own Singaporean artists!
Takashi Murakami, ‘Wouldn’t It Be Nice If We Could Do Such a Thing’ (2017), THE DORAEMON EXHIBITION SINGAPORE 2022 ©Fujiko-Pro
Jahan Loh, ‘Intergalactic Voyagers’ and ‘Teleportation Art: Series 1 & 2’ (2022), THE DORAEMON EXHIBITION SINGAPORE 2022 ©Fujiko-Pro
Kayo Ume, ‘Photo of Doraemon at my house’ (2001-2017), THE DORAEMON EXHIBITION SINGAPORE 2022 ©Fujiko-Pro
The Doraemon Exhibition showcases reimagined artworks, as artists portray their own personal perspective of Doraemon and what the iconic character means to them. Highlights from the exhibition include a massive artwork by the iconic Takeshi Murakami, put together with acrylic and countless platinum leaf “stickers” of Doraemon and friends—all in Murakami’s signature bold style and with the classic Murakami Flower all around.
Sebastian Masuda, ‘Final Weapon’ (2017), THE DORAEMON EXHIBITION SINGAPORE 2022 ©Fujiko-Pro
Suitou Nakatsuka, ‘Light and Shadow’ (2017), THE DORAEMON EXHIBITION SINGAPORE2022 ©Fujiko-Pro
Tomoyoshi Sakamoto, ‘I wonder when we’ll grow up’ (2017), THE DORAEMON EXHIBITION SINGAPORE2022 ©Fujiko-Pro
Satomi Kondo, ‘Sometimes humans do things that just don’t make sense’ (2017), THE DORAEMON EXHIBITION SINGAPORE 2022 ©Fujiko-Pro
You can also look forward to plenty of quirky and unique sculptures, like a whimsical giant pink kawaii-inspired Doraemon by Japanese artist, Sebastian Masuda. The fluffy-looking structure is constructed with over 10,000 bits and bobs like charms, trinkets, beads, embellishments and more, all sourced from markets from all over the world!
Tomoko Konoike, ‘Shizuka’s cave’ (2017), THE DORAEMON EXHIBITION SINGAPORE 2022 ©Fujiko-Pro
Morimura & The Mohyas, ‘Doras’ (2022), THE DORAEMON EXHIBITION SINGAPORE 2022 ©Fujiko-Pro
Miran Fukuda, Hermits on the Waves (2017), THE DORAEMON EXHIBITION SINGAPORE 2022 ©Fujiko-Pro
Miran Fukuda, Rembrant – Self Portrait with Palette (2002), THE DORAEMON EXHIBITION SINGAPORE 2022 ©Fujiko-Pro
There is also a colossal painting done entirely on animal hide, with an inclusion of actual fur to depict Doraemon’s 4D Pocket! Each artwork is one-of-a-kind, and you’ll definitely enjoy exploring each and every single one.
MANGA Doraemon Original Drawings Exhibition ©Fujiko-Pro
Replica of Fujiko F Fujio’s study desk, MANGA DORAEMON Original Drawings Exhibition ©Fujiko-Pro
Doraemon is most known for its animated series and movies, but OG fans of the character will know that Doraemon has its roots in manga; so there’s an entire exhibition wing dedicated to Doraemon manga where you can browse some original black and white as well as coloured drawings of the manga. You’ll also get to see some original sketches done by the late Mr Fujiko F Fujio himself; and snap photos at a replica of Mr Fujiko’s desk—where he used to research and sketch Doraemon manga!
Merchandise sold at The Doraemon Exhibition Singapore 2022, THE DORAEMON EXHIBITION SINGAPORE 2022 ©Fujiko-Pro
Doraemon-themed Café by Toraya Confectionery, THE DORAEMON EXHIBITION SINGAPORE 2022 ©Fujiko-Pro
After having your fill and feasting your eyes on all the Doraemon artworks and installations, stop by the Doraemon Café by Toraya Confectionery for some Doraemon-themed dorayaki—Doraemon’s favourite snack! Visitors to the café can savour some red bean-filled Dorayaki ($6.90), all freshly made on-site! There will also be a retail store where you can shop exclusive Doraemon merchandise like cups, mugs, t-shirts, tote bags, postcards, stationery and more! Tickets to The Doraemon Exhibition are priced at $30 and can be purchased here.
Dates: 5th November 2022 till 5th February 2023
Address: 93 Stamford Road, Singapore 178897
Opening Hours: 10am-7pm daily