Catch some culture at these art hotspots in Singapore. Visual art, installations around town, classic art – here’s where to hit if you’re looking for exhibitions!
Hit the state-of-the-art museums and galleries for these exciting art exhibitions running this year. We’ll be updating this quite frequently so you’ll never have to miss out on another major exhibition (ahem, Yayoi Kusama)… Told you Singapore is great when it comes to art.
Project Vitra – Design, Architecture, Communications (1950–2017),
11 June – 13 July 2018
What’s so special about the Vitra Company? In its 80 years, Vitra has worked with some of the biggest names in design to push boundaries. From Frank Gehry to Ray Eames, the Vitra brand is synonymous with great design so the broad exhibition will cover architecture, communication, concepts (home, office public, retail), classic products, contemporary design, and the Vitra branches: Vitra Edition, Vitra Design Museum and Vitra Schaudepot. By combining a variety of media, ‘Project Vitra’ also reflects the project-like character of the company through its structure: a lively collage of products and objects, historical materials, photographs, drawings, graphics, films and models.
Project Vitra, 11 Jun-13 July, National Design Centre, 11 Middle Rd, Singapore 188969
15 – 24 June
Meaning ‘Postcard Exhibition’ in Malay, Pameran Poskad is an immersive group exhibition that wants you to submit post-card sized artworks in any media (ranging from pen and paper, plywood, fabric, ceramics, even to Japanese incense sachets)! All things go with this year’s theme of “Celebration of Creativity” so get crazy.
Pameran Poskad, 15-24 Jun, ION Art Gallery, 2 Orchard Turn, Singapore 238801
Marang: The 1950s in Colour and Monochrome
Starts 21 June
Get nostalgic with this photography exhibition by royalty, His Royal Highness (HRH) Sultan Ismail Nasiruddin Shah of Trengganu Yang Di Pertuan Agong, to be exact. YM Raja Ihsan Shah, who is the heir of his grandfather’s photography archives, will be presenting Sultan Ismail’s contribution to the Malaysian photography narrative with a photo series of a Marang fishing village taken back in the 1950s and reminisce about the past.
Marang: The 1950s in Colour and Monochrome, Starts 21 June, The Canvas Gallery, 158 Mount Pleasant Rd, Singapore 298349
Art Day Out!
Family-friendly and engaging, Art Day Out! returns on 23 June for a special school holidays edition. Look forward to art activities for all, new outdoor artwork, exciting exhibitions like EYE-POP!, a specially commissioned exhibition for children, teens and adults, featuring works by Queensland-based artist Yeah Yeah Chloe, a workshop by Singapore artist and illustrator Tan Zi Xi (MessyMsxi) at the NTU Centre for Contemporary Art and more.
Art Day Out!, 23 Jun, Gilman Barracks, 9 Lock Rd, Singapore 108937
Cities change. People die. Everything you know goes away
Starts 21 June
The Substation is on a roll with thought provoking and stimulating exhibitions. Not long after last year’s Discipline the City wrapped up, they will once again be examining the city in the next exhibition, Cities change. People die. Everything you know goes away where it will explore how heritage and its discourse shape the city through conservation and nostalgia.
Cities change. People die. Everything you know goes away, Starts 21 June, The Substation, 45 Armenian St, Singapore 179936
Little Prince: Behind The Story
8 June 2018 – 17 March 2019
Loved the book? Dig deeper at this exhibition dedicated to the book and its author. You can truly experience the book with some rare materials and artefacts like personal items of the author like his military coat, gloves and leather satchel, hand-drawn illustrations and an autographed copy of the first edition of The Little Prince – some of these items have never been shown outside France!
Little Prince: Behind The Story, 8 Jun 2018-17 Mar 2019, Singapore Philatelic Museum, 23-B Coleman Street, Singapore 179807
Merci Marcel x Billy Ma
8 May – Mid June
Besides the lovely decor, French wines and refreshing social dining experience, Merci Marcel is turning into an art space as well. The Tiong Bahru restaurant will showcase the works of artists to keep an eye on, and will kick things off with the bohemian pop-art of Taiwanese illustrator and designer Billy Ma from 8 May to mid June. More cool stuff to gaze at while you’re sipping some rosé or eating tarte flambee at Merci Marcel!
Merci Marcel x Billy Ma Exhibition, 8 May-Mid Jun, Merci Marcel, 56 Eng Hoon St, #01-68, Singapore 160056
Amek Gambar: Peranakans and Photography
5 May 2018 – 3 February 2019
Curious about the photography in the early days of Singapore? The new exhibition at the Peranakan Museum will showcase some of the rarest and earliest images of Peranakans in history. Covering more than a century and half of photography – from the emergence of cameras in Southeast Asia, the changes in the style of photography and if course, the element of history and how things change over time, this exhibition is one to check out if you have a whole afternoon of exploring to spare.
Amek Gambar: Peranakans and Photography, 5 May 2018-3 Feb 2019, Peranakan Museum, 39 Armenian St, Singapore 179941
Angkor: Exploring Cambodia’s Sacred City. Masterpieces of the Musee national des arts asiatiques-Guimet
8 April – 22 July
This revered UNESCO World Heritage site is widely acknowledged as one of the world’s most spectacular archaeological wonders. But before the late 19th century, this place was virtually unknown to the outside world. In this exhibition (which is part of the Voilah! French Festival Singapore 2018), visitors will get to see rare Khmer sculptures, French drawings, photographs, and memorabilia that tell the story of the French encounter with Angkor and its sensational emergence onto the international stage.
Angkor: Exploring Cambodia’s Sacred City. Masterpieces of the Musee national des arts asiatiques-Guimet, 8 Apr-22 July, Asian Civilisations Museum, 1 Empress Place, Singapore 179955
You’ve Got Mail!
Starts 11 April
A two-part exhibition comprising of Seeing Is Believing! Unusual Stamps and Art on Envelope: Send Your Love the Write Way, is celebrating the all things wonderful about the art of letter writing. Yup, none of that digital email stuff, it’s all about snail mail with this exhibition. Some highlights include the world’s first Peranakan-inspired beaded stamp (from Singapore), a set of Belgian stamps that smell and taste like delicious chocolate, one decorated with Swarovski crystals and of course, all the elaborately-adorned envelopes on display.
You’ve Got Mail!, Starts 11 April, Singapore Philatelic Museum, 23-B Coleman Street, Singapore 179807
Challenging Beauty – Insights into Italian Contemporary Art
17 March – 25 October
This Parkview Museum Singapore exhibition (the first major Italian contemporary art exhibition in Singapore!) reflects the fascinating, complex and eclectic Italian artistic practices from the 1960s until today. Presenting a number of fundamental works of artists from four generations spanning the artistic movements of Arte Povera, Transavantgarde, New Roman School, as well as artistic positions of younger generations, which emerged during the 1990s and 2000s.
Challenging Beauty – Insights into Italian Contemporary Art, 17 Mar-25 Oct, Parkview Museum Singapore, 600 North Bridge Road, Parkview Square Level 3, Singapore 188778
Always Moving: The Batik Art of Sarkasi Said
Until 30 June
An exhibition of batik works by Sarkasi Said from the 1990s to the present, this exhibition follows the personal development of Sarkasi’s style and traces the history of his practice, from his days as a street artist, to becoming a prominent batik artist. This self-taught artist is also known in the arts community as the “baron of batik” and has engaged in the art form for much of his life. Like batik, which is rich in meaning, culture, symbolism and stories, Sarkasi’s abstract approach towards batik art is a personal response to the evolving cosmopolitan landscape, and the tensions that lie between traditional symbols and the loss of their transmission.
Always Moving: The Batik Art of Sarkasi Said, 22 Sep 2017 – 30 Jun 2018, NUS Museum, National University of Singapore, 50 Kent Ridge Crescent, Singapore 119279
Until 30 September
DISINI is a curated festival consisting of a series of events, art exhibitions, outdoor sculptures and public engagements that will span nine months. Spurred by its locale, DISINI borrows its name from the Malay adverb ‘di sini’, meaning ‘over here’. Highlights include captivating outdoor artworks located across various spaces, a multi-functional artist-designed pavilion where a series of exciting and stimulating programmes take place, and curatorial-led showcases to capture your attention.
DISINI, 26 Jan – 30 Sep, Gillman Barracks, 9 Lock Road, Singapore 108937
untitled 2018 (the infinite dimensions of smallness)
Until 28 Oct
Does getting lost in a maze sound intriguing? What about a hand-built bamboo maze with a special treat located at its centre? Now that we’ve got your attention, we dare you to navigate through National Gallery Singapore’s latest interactive exhibition: check our our video of untitled 2018 (the infinite dimensions of smallness). A collaboration with internationally renowned artist Rirkrit Tiravanija, the rooftop installation will be here in Singapore until 28 October 2018.
untitled 2018 (the infinite dimensions of smallness, 24 Jan – 28 Oct, National Gallery of Singapore, 1 St Andrew’s Rd, Singapore 178957
Flowers and People – Dark
Until 12 August
Part of the very photogenic Light to Night Festival, this immersive work will be staying on till August. Step into a magical flowerscape where you can explore and even determine the flower life cycle. Depending on where you’re standing, the interaction with the installation causes the flowers to blossom or fade away. The cycle of growth and decay repeats itself in perpetuity as the flowers shed their petals, wither and die, or come to life and blossom once again. Poetic.
Flowers and People – Dark by teamLab, 05 Jan – 12 Aug, National Gallery Singapore, 1 St Andrew’s Road, Singapore 178957
The exhibits that have moved on…
Art From The Streets
Until 3 June
The galleries of ArtScience Museum will be invaded by some of the world’s top street artists in one of the boldest exhibitions to be shown at the museum, starting this January. Art from the Streets traces 40 years of Street Art, from its countercultural beginnings to its extraordinary rise as a major phenomenon in contemporary art. The show features the world’s best known street artists including Banksy, Shepard Fairey (aka Obey), Futura, Invader, JR, Blek le Rat, Swoon and Vhils among others. Art from the Streets reflects the evolution of street art, charting the diverse artistic techniques employed by artists through the decades and showing how technology has created new expressive avenues for artists.
Art From The Streets, 13 Jan – 3 June, ArtScience Museum, 10 Bayfront Avenue, Singapore 018956
Brian Gothong Tan: Lost Cinema
20 April – 6 May
When it comes to Asian cinema, no other film is more photogenic than Wong Kar Wai’s In The Mood For Love. Throw in Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s Tropical Malady and Eric Khoo’s 12 Storeys, and you’ll have a whole file of aesthetic screengrabs. Lost Cinema is Singaporean artist Brian Gothong Tan’s attempt to deconstruct tropes found in Asian filmography and looks in particular with the three iconic films. Tan’s work considers the influence of dreams and narration in the construction of cinematic images, focusing the imagination of people and places in Southeast Asia. If you’re a total film geek enthusiastic about colour palettes in film and the sound and music used, this is one to see.
Brian Gothong Tan: Lost Cinema, 20 April – 6 May, Earl Lu Gallery, LASALLE College of the Arts, 1 McNally St, Singapore 187940
Passing Time: A Solo Exhibition by Lui Hock Seng
Until 11 March
Passing Time presents a slice of history through black and white photographs of Singapore from the 1960s to 1970s, captured by 80-year old self-taught photographer Lui Hock Seng. A car mechanic by profession and a photographer by vocation, Lui was an avid participant in photography excursions organised by photo clubs and his friends. He would even take photos even while cycling to work, shooting life by the Merdeka Bridge (then the link between East Coast via Nicoll Highway). Like many photographers of that period, his subjects of interest ranged widely from streetscapes, to portraits, from architecture to industry. The images are exemplary of pictorial photography, the dominant photography art practice at the time, and provide insight into the beginnings of modern-day Singapore. Lui continues to take photographs till today.
Passing Time, 8 Feb-11 Mar, Chapel Gallery, Objectifs, 155 Middle Road, Singapore 188977
Treasures of the Natural World
Until 29 April
Definitely one to bring the whole family to – the exhibition will bring the wonder of the Natural History Museum in London, to Southeast Asia. This year is the first occasion the museum has allowed its treasures to travel to Southeast Asia, offering an exclusive opportunity for visitors in Singapore to over 200 precious items from the Natural History Museum’s star collection like animals and insects, works of art, gems and minerals, and books and artefacts belonging to some of the world’s greatest scientists, including Charles Darwin and Alfred Russell Wallace.
Treasures of the Natural World, 25 Nov 2017 – 29 Apr 2018 , ArtScience Museum, 6 Bayfront Ave, Singapore 018974
Supernormal & SAND Magazine Presents: Technology in Art
12 – 22 April
In a world of social surveillance and artificial intelligence, what would you do? Make art out of it, of course! In collaboration with SAND Magazine, art gallery Supernormal is announcing their second open call. The exhibition will present a platform for artists and viewers to engage with the concept of technology so be prepared to ask some questions like how technology can provide one with more freedom to create art and how technology can be misused. Time to get real cultured!
Supernormal & SAND Magazine Presents: Technology in Art, 12-22 April, Supernormal, 333 Kreta Ayer Road #03-22, 080333
The Artist’s Voice
Until 17 March
Relatively new art space Parkview Museum is following up its well-received exhibition, On Sharks and Humanity, with The Artist’s Voice, the first in a series of thematic exhibitions that explore the complexity of our times through contemporary art. Curated by art historian Lorand Hegyi, the exhibition will feature 34 international artists such as Marina Abramovic, Bill Viola and more.
The Artist’s Voice, 17 Nov 2017 – 17 Mar 2018, Parkview Museum, 600 North Bridge Road, Parkview Square Level 3, Singapore 188778
Colours of Impressionism: Masterpieces From The Musee D’orsay
Until 11 March
If you’re a fan of the Impressionist palette, from the soft pastels in the paintings of Renoir and Monet to the deep blacks of Manet’s Spanish-influenced painting, this exhibition will trace the importance of colour to the Impressionists’ radical reshaof younger generations, which emerged during the 1990s and 2000s.ping of painting in the 19th century. Featuring over 60 masterpieces from the Musée d’Orsay in Paris, including key works by the great Impressionists, this is one exhibition you need to catch.
Colours of Impressionism: Masterpieces From The Musee D’orsay, National Gallery Singapore, 16 Nov 2017 – 11 Mar 2018, 1 Saint Andrew’s Road, #01–01, Singapore 178957
Witness to War: Remembering 1942
Until 25 March
The exhibition will focus on the six months leading up to the Fall of Singapore and will feature more than 130 artefacts to present first-hand accounts from witnesses during the war in 1942. Pay attention, because there will be personal war stories that you won’t get from your regular textbooks. If you have kids and think that this might be quite heavy content for your little one – no one is too young for a history lesson! – the exhibition will have activity spaces for the younger ones and will feature war stories through the perspectives of children.
Witness to War: Remembering 1942, 23 Sep 2017 – 25 Mar 2018, National Museum of Singapore, 93 Stamford Road, Singapore 178897
24 February – 1 April
fillet presents an extension of Bandung artist Faisal Habibi’s ongoing series of assemblages titled This Thing which explores notions from the ubiquity in urban life and the relationship the current society has with modern material culture. Common objects, such as a pool ladder or a tinted pane of window glass, are deconstructed and proportioned to create Habibi’s distinguished style of assemblage. Using his own body as a reference for scale, the dimensions of the sculpture is tuned to create a composition that speaks to his viewers on a personal level, inciting individual interpretations and perceptions of not only the artist, but each viewer as well.
fillet, 24 Feb-1 Apr, Sullivan+Strumph, Gilman Barracks, 5 Lock Road #01-06, Singapore 108933
Until 3 March 2018
Comprising of video installations, photography, and a built-in whiskey bar, local artist Sarah Choo Jing replicates the setting of a hotel lobby in this immersive exhibition. Her video installations are re-enactments of imagined narratives of multiple subjects housed within various hotel windows, sharing potential narratives across space and time, revolving around the theme of familiar strangers encountered then forgotten. Choo’s work focuses on the relationship between space and time, depicting identifiable moments and characters within contemporary society. Intentionally constructed, the artist reflects upon social and cultural norms.
Accelerated Intimacy by Sarah Choo Jing, 20 Jan – 3 Mar 2018, Yeo Workshop, Blk 1 Lock Road #01-01, Singapore 108932
Cinerama: Art and the Moving Image in Southeast Asia
Until 18 March
Featuring works of visual art from across Southeast Asia that draw upon the world of film and cinema, as well as mass media and popular iterations of the moving image, the exhibition will examine issues such as personal and collective identity, politics, and history.
Cinerama: Art and the Moving Image in Southeast Asia, Singapore Art Museum at 8Q, 17 Nov 2017 – 18 Mar 2018, 8 Queen St, Singapore 188535
Between Worlds: Raden Saleh and Juan Luna
Until 11 March
Between Worlds will feature the works of Indonesian artist Raden Saleh and Filipino artist Juan Luna, two leading 19th century painters from Southeast Asia in the 19th century who achieved recognition in Europe. The exhibition explores how Raden Saleh and Juan Luna developed their work living between two diverse cultures and societies; and how the European experiences of these extraordinary artists have shaped the art history of this region. This will also be the first major survey to bring their works together.
Between Worlds: Raden Saleh and Juan Luna, National Gallery Singapore, 16 Nov 2017 – 11 Mar 2018, 1 Saint Andrew’s Road, #01–01, Singapore 178957
Until 4 March
This multi-disciplinary exhibition at the NTU Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore (NTU CCA) will be focusing on large-scale human interventions in oceanic ecospheres, with contributions by 12 artists, filmmakers, composers, and researchers who engage with both the long cultural histories of Pacific Ocean archipelagos and their current conditions. Follow expeditions to Papua New Guinea, French Polynesia and Fiji.
The Oceanic, 9 Dec 2017 – 4 Mar, NTU CCA, 43 Malan Road, Singapore 109443
Until 30 March
The third solo exhibition by emerging Singaporean artist Ieo Gek Ching is one for the fantasy-genre fan. A meticulous visionary, Gek Ching builds a mysterious hybrid creature universe using techniques of ball pen drawing without sketch base and paper collages. Gek Ching’s hybrid creatures are realistic, solemn, and majestic – an inner reflection of her understanding on the beauty of nature and its functionality.
Inner Reflection, 18 Jan – 30 Mar, Miaja Gallery, 190 Bukit Timah Road, Singapore 229857
Eguchi Ayane: Ode To Wonderland
3 March – 4 April
In her third solo exhibition (and the first in Singapore) Eguchi Ayane presents new works inspired by her childhood, her recent residency in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, and her inner thoughts. The character ‘KUMA’ appears in all of Eguchi’s paintings. According to the artist, ‘KUMA’ are things that live and die; they are everywhere and yet nowhere. Having a resemblance to kuma, the Japanese word for ‘bear’, they may look cute, but what is inside of them remains unknown. At a glance, Eguchi’s world is a candy-coloured whimsical wonderland but on closer inspection her paintings reveal a macabre narrative.
Eguchi Ayane: Ode To Wonderland, 3 Mar-4 Apr, Mizuma Gallery, 22 Lock Road #01-34, Gillman Barracks, Singapore 108939
inVISIBLE: Exploring and Redefining Femininity Through Batik
17 – 25 March
The exhibition will feature at least 15 traditional and contemporary batik textiles. These include new commissioned works by contemporary textile artists Ratih Artika Dewanti and Tjiplies Pudji Lestari. Held in conjunction with Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day, batik textiles on display will be used to explore contemporary femininity. Leveraging on an occasion that celebrates the various achievements of women, this exhibition will attempt to redefine femininity into qualities that resonate with the wider community who subscribe to the broad spectrum of womanhood.
inVISIBLE: Exploring and Redefining Femininity Through Batik, 17-25 Mar, That Spare Room, The Fabulous Baker Boy, 70 River Valley Road, #01-15, Singapore 179037
Stories That Matter: Independent Documentaries
20 – 24 March 2018
Objectifs presents international documentaries that speak of the different borders people across the world have struggled to overcome in recent years. Highlights include the Singapore premiere of the acclaimed I Am Not Your Negro and the first documentary on Brexit, Brexitannia.
Stories That Matter, Chapel Gallery, Objectifs, 155 Middle Road, Singapore 188977
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