The KAWS: HOLIDAY exhibition in Marina Bay was ordered to stop
Kaws inflatable artwork was ordered to be removed
Many were excited about the arrival of the Kaws' 42 meters long inflatable artwork that showcases his signature character, Companion, at the Marina Bay, Singapore. The inflatable Companion was reclining while holding into his miniature self. This version of Kaws has also made their previous exhibition in the United Kingdom, Taipei, Hong Kong, Japan, and Seoul.
Brian Donelly is professionally known as Kaws. He is an American artist, a designer and created the character named Companion.
On November 13, Donelly created the inflatable sculpture of Companion at the Float in Marina Bay. Singapore. It was founded by the AllRightsReserved and the Singapore Tourism Board. The exhibition was supposed to end until November 21, but the court granted the opposition's side.
The Ryan Foundation filed a case that the exhibition breached its intellectual property rights and confidentiality. They also want to stop the distribution and merchandise sales, including tank tops, vinyl figures, and camping sets. According to Ryan Su, AllRightsReserved has been talking about the Kaws exhibition since 2018, but it did not happen.
Based on Channel News Asia's interview with the Ryan Foundation's Director Adrian Chan, he said that "The injunction could have been averted. If questions were raised, and stakeholders were consulted."
But for the AllRightsReserved, the allegations thrown to them are baseless. The company apologized for the inconveniences, but they will take the incident seriously and are willing to take steps to ensure that the exhibition will proceed following Singapore law.
"In relation to the recent groundless allegations made by a third party who attempted to cause interruption to the KAWS: HOLIDAY SINGAPORE exhibition, our company is in the process of seeking urgent legal advice and will apply to the court to challenge the prohibitory injunction order."
The venue, as of now, is temporarily closed due to the incident. The KAWS: HOLIDAY will open again to the public if the court settles the case of the exhibitions soon. Many individuals were anxious about the incidents after the announcement as they wanted to visit the place and get the chance to take images or buy merchandise.