Does one ever get too old for Doraemon? The answer is no. At the Doraemon Exhibition Singapore 2022 at National Museum of Singapore (held until February 5, 2023) your inner child may jump with joy but it is more likely your adult self that will cherish a deeper appreciation of the out-of-ordinary interpretations of the robotic cat from the 21st century.
Doraemon and his pals are icons that are done to death — they’ve been around since 1970, after all — but there are both old treasures and brand new incarnations to check out. The first Doraemon Exhibition took place in 2002, before it was restaged in 2017 across different cities in Japan.
In this first-ever global showcase outside of the Land of the Rising Sun, 28 Japanese contemporary artists give us their own take on the beloved cat on all sorts of mediums, while another section is solely dedicated to a selection of original drawings and sketches by Fujiko F Fujio. In addition, two Singaporean artists (Leslie Kee and Jahan Loh) also create brand new works that seriously inject a new light on the characters. If you want to know how a Thom Browne fashion set or Taoist hermits have been thrown into the mix with this cuddly manga, don’t hesitate to grab your tickets.