Adventure into Myth, Science, and Culture at Mars: The Red Mirror

Published on 28 February 2024
By Team Catch

The ArtScience Museum’s Mars: The Red Mirror continues the museum's blending of art, science, and history in ways that are accessible and engaging to a broad audience. The museum’s other concurrently-running exhibition, New Eden: Science Fiction Mythologies Transformed is another example of this.

Co-presented by the Centre de Cultura Contemporania de Barcelona, visitors take an extraordinary journey through time, culture, and the far reaches of space. This exhibit mixes mythology, science, and popular culture to explore our enduring fascination with the planet Mars.


The stars of literature, history, and science align

Entrance of the Mars: The Red Mirror Exhibition

Catch this beautiful moon installation as you enter the Mars: The Red Mirror Exhibition Image Credits: Marina Bay Sands Singapore

The exhibit is a rare treat for literature, history and science buffs, featuring first editions of works by astronomers Nicolaus Copernicus, Galileo Galilei, alongside poet Dante Alighieri's The Divine Comedy. On loan from the University of Barcelona, these pieces represent early scientific and literary interpretations of Mars. In Dante's epic, Mars represents the fifth level of Heaven, symbolising the intersection of the celestial and the divine in human thought.

Mars: The Red Mirror allows a broad exploration of Mars as a motif across different cultures and eras. You’ll travel through ancient mythologies, featuring Greek, Roman, Chinese, Indian, and Japanese interpretations of Mars, to the modern fascination with the planet in media and popular culture.

Truly global narratives of a distant object

Various comics featured at the Mars: The Red Mirror Exhibition

Uncover how Mars has left its mark on contemporary culture, from comics to movies!

Contributions from 13th-century Persian astronomers can also be found alongside western and European narratives. The latter part of the exhibition then transports visitors to the modern era, showcasing how Mars has left its mark through various forms of media.

Highlighted in the exhibition is Orson Welles' 1938 radio adaptation of The War Of The Worlds, best known for sparking mass panic and demonstrating how Mars has historically evoked the ability to both captivate and alarm. Various movies and comics were also included in the exhibition to further illustrate Mars’ influence on contemporary culture.

Mars: The Red Mirror shifts the planet from a mysterious celestial body and a harbinger of war in ancient mythology to a subject of scientific inquiry and a canvas for creative expression.


Above all, it is also a demonstration of how we express our fascination with the world and worlds around us through literature and art.

Mars: The Red Mirror will be at the Art Science Museum until 7 April 2024. Tickets are priced as follows: 

Singapore Residents: Adult $20, Concession $16; Tourists: Adult: $23, Concession: $18.  


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