The Brook’s Clown
Project Year: 2019
Publisher: Achates 360
A cross-cultural and cross-disciplinary collaboration between artistes from France and Singapore, The Brook’s Clown is a one of-its-kind, hard-cover, large format photographic-and-comic artbook, combining on-site photography of renowned French theatrical talents Jean Lambert-wild and Marc Goldberg (in their roles as Gramblanc and Hatoff) at Singapore’s landmarks, taken by local director Ler Jiyuan, with illustration by leading figure in the local contemporary comics scene, Koh Hong Teng.
It incorporates philosophical undertones of one’s inner battles between materialism and intrinsic values, distractions from one’s life purpose, and the pursuit of happiness.
The artbook will be launched at its own exhibition at the National Library in conjunction with the Voilah! Festival, and will be the final installation of the Talking Clown Trilogy.
Find out what touched Jean (Gramblanc) and left a lasting impression on him about Singapore
About the story
Hatoff (Marc Goldberg) has organised a very important meeting in Singapore and excitedly calls upon his old friend, Gramblanc The Clown (Jean Lambert-wild) to join him. Soon however, because of Gramblanc’s antics, Hatoff forgets every detail about the meeting.
Led by Gramblanc’s impetuousness, Hatoff’s gluttony, and some mythical creatures, the pair begin their whimsical adventure through Singapore’s local landmarks and familiar heartlands – from Raffles Place MRT, Bishan Park, to Teck Ghee Court Market & Food Centre and more. Some locales even served as part of their storyline, for example, Hatoff’s frightening and immersive experience at Haw Par Villa’s Ten Courts of Hell. After a colourful adventure, did Hatoff and Gramblanc make it to the meeting? Or did a twist of fate bring them elsewhere?
Hear from Marc (Hatoff) about their adventures at Singapore’s landmark, Haw Par Villa, and prepare for entry into the Ten Courts of Hell (featured at The Brook’s Clown exhibition at Level 9 of the Singapore National Library from now until 30 Nov ’19).
Special cover treatment
Snippets of the photographic-and-comic content
Launch & Exhibition Opening | 25 October 2019 | Level 9 Promenade@National Library
The art book was launched along with its own exhibition on 25 October 2019 at The National Library. His Excellency, Mr Marc Abensour, Ambassador of France to Singapore was invited as the guest of honour to officially start the event.
The book is available for purchase at S$44.90 (incl. GST) per copy online or at the following:
• 1 Irving Place, #05-02, The Commerze@Irving, Singapore 369546. Tel: 6292 0492
(Opens Mon-Fri, 9am-6pm except Public Holidays)
Books Kinokuniya Singapore (Main Store)
• Takashimaya Shopping Centre, 391 Orchard Road, #04-20/20B/20C Ngee Ann City, Singapore 238872. Tel: 6737 5021
(Opening hours: Sun to Fri: 10am to 9.30pm & Sat – 10am to 10pm)
Or purchase online here
The Farm Store
• 111 Middle Rd, #01-01, National Design Centre, Singapore 188969. Tel: 6292 0492
(Opening hours: Mon to Sat: 11am to 8pm. Closed on Sun and Public Holidays)
Huggs-Epigram Coffee Bookshop
• 45 Maxwell Road, #01-01, Singapore 069118. Tel: 6292 0492
(Opening hours: Mon to Fri: 10am to 7pm. Sat: 10am to 2pm. Closed on Sun and Public Holidays)
The Brook’s Clown Exhibition
• Exhibition Period: 26 Oct to 30 Nov 2019, 10.00am to 9.00pm daily
• Venue: National Library, Level 9 Promenade, 100 Victoria Street, Singapore 188064
• Admission: Free