Need your weekly steep in art? We’ve curated the motherload of guides to the Singapore’s bustling art scene. Dive away…
Say hello to Singapore’s bursting art scene. If you’re looking to spend quality time at museums and galleries, get your fill at these incredible permanent exhibitions and ongoing showcases. We’ll be updating this list of art exhibitions frequently to make sure you don’t miss a single thing! Stay tuned…
Experience the fine art of Minimalism
Till 14 April 2019
Trust us when we say you don’t want to miss the first minimalistic art exhibition to come this side of the world. Minimalism: Space. Light. Object has come to Singapore with 150 artworks based on the philosophy of…that’s right, Minimalism. Experience creations by some of the renowned artists from across the world like British sculptor Anish Kapoor, Chinese activist-artist Ai Weiwei and the late Donald Judd (who’s considered the pioneer of the Minimalist movement). We’re sure you’ll get an insight into the movement that’s slowly but surely taking over the world. #LessIsMore
Minimalism: Space. Light. Object, two locations, National Gallery Singapore and ArtScience Museum, Singapore
Discover Peranakan photographs from way back when
Till 3 February 2019
You don’t have to be a professional photographer to love the art. Get an insight into what photography was like in Singapore’s early days of Singapore at Amek Gambar: Peranakans and Photography exhibit. It showcases some of the rarest and earliest images of Peranakan history. It covers over a century and half of photography, right from the emergence of cameras in Southeast Asia. Study the changes in the style of photography and watch history unfold itself through still frames. All you need is one lovely afternoon to spare.
Amek Gambar: Peranakans and Photography, Peranakan Museum, 39 Armenian St, Singapore 179941
Look at early advertising in Singapore
Till 24 February 2019
We all know that movies and advertisements hold up a mirror to the society. So we can’t think of a better way to peek into what life was like in 1830s through 1960s than through print advertisements from Singapore and Southeast Asia. At Selling Dreams: Early Advertising in Singapore, you can catch an extensive collection of unique ads from brands like Cold Storage, Bata, Tiger Balm and Singapore Chronicle (our first newspaper published in 1833), among others. And, you can even sign up for the Curator’s Tours every third Thursday of the month or public tours every first, third and fifth Saturday of the month.
Selling Dreams: Early Advertising in Singapore, National Library Building, Level 10, Gallery, 100 Victoria St, Singapore 188064
Discover a unique world of wilderness
17 January – 1 March 2019
Find yourself marvelling at the complexities of nature and human the mind? Mind(less) Wilderness shares your curiosity. Singapore-based artist Nandita Mukand’s solo exhibition of paintings and sculpture makes observations on flourishing plants in a forest and the urban mind. You’ll find the artworks drawing upon interesting and varied resources like neuroplasticity, quantum physics, contemporary Buddhist texts, and even ancient Vedic literature. Catch her creations that are crafted using several synthetic and organic matter.
Mind(less) Wilderness, Miaja Gallery, 9 Muthuraman Chetty Road APS Building, Level 2 Singapore, 238931
Enter the world of science through art
Till 3 March 2019
The world is celebrating brilliant and multi-faceted Nobel Prize-winning physicist Richard Feynman centennial. In Singapore, ArtScience Museum has collaborated with Nanyang Technological University and Nobel Museum in Sweden put together an extraordinary exhibition. You simply cannot miss All Possible Paths: Richard Feynman’s Curious Life where art, science and contemporary design come together to celebrate Feynman and his extraordinary achievements. Contemporary artists have imagined installations, sculptures and immersive environments that are bound to take you on a journey.
All Possible Paths: Richard Feynman’s Curious Life, ArtScience Museum, 6 Bayfront Ave, Singapore 018974
Read the real story behind the children’s book
Till 17 March 2019
Loved reading the book? Well, Little Prince: Behind The Story exhibit will make you dig deeper into the tome and the man behind it. Experience the book with some rare materials and artefacts like the author’s personal belongings (his military coat, gloves and leather satchel), hand-drawn illustrations and even an autographed copy of the very first edition of The Little Prince. Psst… some of these items have never been shown outside France!
Little Prince: Behind The Story, Singapore Philatelic Museum, 23-B Coleman Street, Singapore 179807
Capture the inventiveness of the Polaroid
Till 31 March
Chances are you’ve never used a Polaroid camera for an instant snap that would print right into your hands. But this precursor to Instagram, Snapchat and Facebook was the closest things to a quick-fix picture back in the day – it was how folks captured moments in an instant. While the retro-tech is making a comeback (thanks hipsters!), you can discoveries with a wide range of Polaroid artworks and artefacts at the In an Instant: Polaroid at the Intersection of Art and Technology exhibit.
In an Instant: Polaroid at the Intersection of Art and Technology, National Museum, 93 Stamford Road, Singapore 178897
Rediscover Chinese ink in unique ways
Till 27 April 2019
This exhibit that’s deeply associated with Chinese ink features paintings, video works and installations by Yeo Shih Yun. Titled Diaries, Marking Time and Other Preoccupations, it sees contemporary experiences using a medium with its own unique history. Her works of art vary – you’ll see markings rendered by brushes tied to tree branches and even battery operated toy robots – that are then transferred and recomposed using silkscreens or other print techniques.
Yeo Shih Yun: Diaries, Marking Time and Other Preoccupations, NUS Museum, 50 Kent Ridge Cres, Singapore 119279
Witness Lim Cheng Hoe’s 60 paintings of Singapore
Till 9 June 2019
Head over to the National Gallery to catch over 60 definitive works of one of Singapore’s pioneer artists Lim Cheng Hoe. His the latest exhibition – Lim Cheng Hoe: Painting Singapore – showcases his inspiring journey towards becoming a renowned plein-air (the practice of painting outdoors) watercolour artist. He artfully captured the country’s evolving landscapes and people across almost four decades. Largely self-taught, the co-founder of Singapore Watercolour Society documented his surroundings – expect to see kampongs (villages), boat traffic on the Singapore River, hilltop views, fishing villages, land reclamation and construction sites and such.
Lim Cheng Hoe: Painting Singapore, National Gallery Singapore, 1 St Andrew’s Rd, Singapore 178957
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