Calling all culture vultures. These art exhibitions are right up your alley!
2020 is looking pretty good, what with new restaurants and bars to hit, plus amazing musicals to catch. What about the art scene, you ask? Well, it’s safe to say we’ve got you covered. Bookmark this page, art enthusiasts, as we’ll be updating it regularly with exciting art exhibitions throughout the year.
Art comes to life at Bukit Panjang
12 – 29 March
Organised by the National Arts Council, this year’s edition brings Bukit Panjang to life with more than 40 activities over three weekends. Expect a series of events like a street art trail by homegrown artist Zero, a theatre show in a moving bus and an outdoor dance performance at Pang Sua Pond Boardwalk & Outdoor Amphitheatre.
Arts in Your Neighbourhood March 2020, various timings and locations in Bukit Panjang.
Take a peek into the future of cities
16 March – 15 May
Climate change is real and The National Design Centre is shedding light on the importance of sustainability this month with a showcase called Dense+Green Cities. This exhibition explores the relationship between buildings and the city, and how planning, design and technology can play a part in creating sustainable cities.
Dense + Green Cities, National Design Centre, 111 Middle Road, Singapore 188969
Look into the lens of Chua Soo Bin
Till 6 Sep
Cultural Medallion (Singapore’s highest artistic award) winner and self-taught photographer, Chua Soo Bin, has been in the scene for over six decades and now he’s showcasing his greatest works at the National Gallery. With close to 100 photographs on display, the exhibition features portraits of Chinese ink masters alongside his commercial and pictorial photos.
Chua Soo Bin: Truths & Legends, City Hall Wing, Level 4, Wu Guanzhong Gallery, National Gallery Singapore, 1 St Andrew’s Road, Singapore 178957
Discover Singapore from way back when
Till 29 Mar
Brace yourself as this exhibition takes you back in time to 17th century Singapore, a time when Southeast Asia was known as the East Indies. Featuring over 150 artefacts, it brings you on a journey to dig deeper into Singapore’s history way before it was an established entrepot in 1819 – believe us when we say it’s an old new world.
An Old New World: From the East Indies to the Founding of Singapore, 1600s–1819, National Museum of Singapore, 93 Stamford Road, Singapore 178897
View the ups and downs of love
Till 31 Mar
Known for casting light on complex subjects like love and desire through photography, video, sound and found objects, Liana Yang is back with a new exhibition. Titled Speak Softly. Speak Low, it explores the transient rollercoasters of relationships.
Print Room: Speak Softly. Speak Low. Liana Yang, Deck Print Room, 120A Prinsep Street, Singapore 187937
Catch Yip Yew Chong’s life-sized murals in one spot
Till 1 Apr
Street artist Yip Yew Chong needs no introduction. Painting the city with life-sized murals since 2015, he will be showcasing his popular works at the National Museum of Singapore for a limited period of time. So forget about running from pillar to post as the installation includes the barber mural at Everton Park, pasar malam mural at Eng Watt Street and the popular kampung mural at Upper Changi Road.
Moving Memories, National Museum of Singapore, 93 Stamford Road, Singapore 178897
Explore a house of peculiarity
Till 5 Apr
Artist Kelly Lim uses everyday objects to challenge the notion of home in this art exhibition. Her artworks typically tend to involve crochet and elements of kimo-kawaii (an odd mixture of creepy and cute), so expect an eclectic mix of household items like fly swatters, lamp and even doll heads adorned in yarn!
Home Kitsch Home, Esplanade community wall, Level 3, 1 Esplanade Drive, Singapore 038981
Kampong Glam glows in the dark
Till 7 Jun
In a display presented by Art Encounters, a travelling art studio, artist Rizwan Putra will be adding a little colour to the lawn of the Malay Heritage Centre. Known for his experimental artworks, he has created a blacklight drawing using UV paint for this piece. The installation is inspired by the locale’s past and its lively scene in the present. Watch the space glow as the sun sets – it’s pretty cool stuff.
From Gelam to Glam, Malay Heritage Centre Lawn, 85 Sultan Gate, Singapore 198501
Dip your toes into the magical world of Disney
Till 29 Mar
A first in Southeast Asia, the exhibition at ArtScience Museum is bringing honour to us all with over 500 art pieces such as original drawings and sketches, paintings and concept art specially curated by the Walt Disney Animation Research Library. Take a walk down memory lane looking at exhibits from iconic movies such as Sleeping Beauty, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Beauty and the Beast and Frozen 2!
Disney: Magic of Animation, ArtScience Museum, 6 Bayfront Avenue, Singapore 018974
Listen to the walls of City Hall
Till 29 Aug 2021
As part of the Singapore Bicentennial experience, the National Gallery dives into City Hall’s past. Through the exhibit’s immersive storytelling experience, you can relieve the rich history of this institution, from its days as the Municipal Building to being taken over by the Japanese authorities during World War II to serving as government and ministry offices post-independence.
City Hall: If Walls Could Talk, National Gallery Singapore, 1 St Andrew’s Road, Singapore 178957
What you missed!
See Singapore in black and white
7 Feb – 1 Mar
This exhibition proves that film photography is not dead. With 17 years of experience as a photojournalist, Wee Teck Hian has captured spaces that did not survive Singapore’s ever-changing landscape such as the Tanjong Pagar Railway Station and the pre-MBS Marina Bay area. To make things even more nostalgic, all of it is captured in black-and-white photos.
Longing and Belonging: A solo exhibition by Wee Teck Hian, Lower Gallery, Objectifs Centre for Photography and Film, 155 Middle Road, Singapore 188977
Journey from Southeast Asia’s past to the present
Till 23 Feb
Comprising 31 historical and newly-commissioned works by established and emerging artists, Stealing Public Space explores Southeast Asian contemporary art in public spaces. This interactive exhibit sheds light on our region’s past and current socio-political climate. Traverse the grounds of The Substation for conversation-starting art pieces like Dinh Q. Le’s Texture of Memory exhibit, where hidden portraits of victims of Pol Pot’s Khmer Rouge genocide are embroidered on canvases.
Stealing Public Space, various timings, The Substation, 45 Armenian Street, Singapore 179936
Get lost in space
Till 16 Feb
Space fans, buckle up and embark on an out-of-this-world journey to space at the ArtScience Museum. We can’t promise you the Milky Way, but it’ll be an immersive experience replete with ‘gram-worthy exhibits, stunning interstellar visuals and a ball pit!
An Intergalactic Odyssey, ArtScience Museum, 6 Bayfront Avenue, Singapore 018974
Walk the streetscapes of modern day Singapore
Till 28 Feb
While streetscape paintings depicting old Singapore are aplenty, this one stands out to us as Singaporean artist Zhu Hong has artfully captured popular neighbourhoods of modern day Singapore, such as Geylang, Little India and Ann Siang Hill, in beautiful oil paintings.
Streetscape of Singapore | Zhu Hong Solo Exhibition, East Garden Gallery, The Fullerton Hotel Singapore, 1 Fullerton Square, Singapore 049178
When art meets architecture
Till 5 Mar
This exhibition sheds light on the relationship between art and architecture with artworks from over two decades (1969-1989). Reflecting on the rapid modernisation of Southeast Asia, particularly in Manila, Bangkok and Singapore, the showcase is influenced by international art movements such as realism and abstraction, paired with familiar Asian motifs.
Suddenly Turning Visible: Art and Architecture in Southeast Asia (1969-1989), National Gallery Singapore, National Gallery Singapore, 1 St Andrew’s Road, Singapore 178957
For introspective familial artworks
23 Feb – 7 Mar
We’re all for ‘gram-worthy exhibits, but sometimes simple paintings can be pleasing to the eyes (and soul) too. Stop by Ode To Art gallery to marvel at renowned Spanish artist Eva Armisen’s first solo exhibition. Invoking the feeling of child-like joy by painting intimate familial moments such as kitchen table meals or a day out in the park, her artworks will have you appreciating the little things in life.
Love Stories by Eva Armisen, #01-36E/F, Raffles City Shopping Centre, 252 North Bridge Road, Singapore 179103