Calling all culture vultures. These art exhibitions are right up your alley!
2023 is looking pretty good, what with new restaurants, cafes and bars to hit, and things to do. How 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 in Singapore throughout the year.
Singapore’s top art exhibitions in 2023
1. The Enigma of Colour and Form
Until 20 January
Colour and form are two elements of art that have often been a mystery for artists. In the past, artists were constrained by a limited colour palette. However, in the present day, they’re spoiled with unlimited colours and materials for creative freedom. Presenting the works of internationally renowned artists, The Enigma of Colour and Form puts the spotlight on the unprejudiced use of these elements.
The Enigma of Colour and Form, Mucciaccia Gallery, #02-10, Gillman Barracks, 6 Lock Road, Singapore 108934
2. (Tu)gether at Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre
Until 31 March
We can’t get enough of the Singapo(ren) exhibition at the Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre. But if you’re looking for other fun activities to kick start the Year of the Rabbit, head up to its roof garden for a special art installation. Think lights, inflatable sculptures and life-size illustrations. You’ll even receive unique red packets featuring characters from the exhibition from now until 5 February.
(Tu)gether at Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre, 1 Straits Boulevard, Singapore 018906
3. Bad Clocks: Alley Through a Pinhole
6 January to 5 February
Bad Clocks challenges us to reconsider the definition of time. Enter the camera obscrura in the lower gallery of Objectifs and watch how visual, sound, performance and installation-based works explore the concept of time. DASSAD (a multidisciplinary arts trio) leads this exhibition, in collaboration with Victoria Hertel, Neo Jialing and Euginia Tan.
Bad Clocks: Alley Through a Pinhole, Lower Gallery, Objectifs, Centre for Photography and Film, 155 Middle Road, Singapore 188977
4. Hoo Fan Chon, Citra Sasmita, Vuth Lyno: New Works
11 January – 5 February
The exhibition presents the works of three artists who were picked in the first cycle of Sea Air. Sea Air (Studio Residencies for Southeast Asian Artists in the EU) is a programme where selected artists are each rewarded residency at an art institution in Europe as well as funding. Luckily for us, the exhibitions have made their way to Singapore. Witness the works of Hoo Fan Chon (Malaysia), Citra Sasmita (Indonesia) and Vuth Lyno (Cambodia) in Gillman Barracks.
You’ll notice a recurring motif in Hoo Fan Chon’s work – fish. Born into a fisherman’s family, fish has always been a part of his life. Through his mixed media installations, print artworks and wood carvings, he explores plating aesthetics, people’s obsession with fresh fish, and consumption habits. Citra Sasmita aims to uncover pre-colonial Balinese culture and understand how the perspectives and aesthetic criteria formed under colonial rule are still prevalent today. Vuth deep dives into entangled histories of colonialism, modernisation, and urbanisation, focusing on the Garden of Tropical Agronomy at Bois de Vincennes – one of the largest public parks in Paris.
New Works, NTU Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore, Residencies Studios, Block 38 Malan Road, Gillman Barracks, Singapore 109441
5. Soo Bin – Life of Art, Art of Life
15 January – 26 March
Traverse the exemplary works of Cultural Medallion awardee and iconoclastic photographer Chua Soo Bin. The exhibition offers a glimpse into his 90 years including his involvement with salon photography, his award-winning works that catapulted him as one of the most celebrated photographers in Singapore, his emergence as a gallerist-dealer, along with cool collaborations and more.
Soo Bin – Life of Art, Art of Life, Chapel Gallery, Centre for Photography and Film, 155 Middle Road, Singapore 188977
6. Joo Choon Lin: Dance In The Destruction Dance
13 January – 16 April
Singapore artist Joo Choon Lin invites you into a sensorial, rich landscape that challenges perceptions of form, reality and human consciousness through your everyday objects. Joo explores how the present is an illusion and things aren’t always what they seem. Expect immersive installations, performance arts, soundscapes and video productions. The artworks will be activated through a two-part theatrical performance.
Joo Choon Lin: Dance In The Destruction Dance, SAM at Tanjong Pagar Distripark, Gallery 2, 39 Keppel Road, Singapore 089065
7. Future World: Where Art Meets Science
We know that just about everyone’s been to this IG-worthy permanent exhibition at the ArtScience Museum. And for good reason! We’re happy to report that they’ve upgraded the space with new work. In collaboration with international art collective teamLab, step inside three new installations. In the collection titled Exploring New Frontiers, you’ll find new interactive artworks that move and change as you explore. We don’t wanna spoil all the new activities, so discover the excitement for yourself at the museum!
Future World: Where Art Meets Science, ArtScience Museum, 6 Bayfront Avenue, Singapore 018974
8. Museum of Ice Cream
We scream for ice cream! The lush enclave of Dempsey is home to the world-famous Museum of Ice Cream. Known for its interactive and ‘gram-friendly exhibits in New York City, the Singapore outpost features 14 never-before-seen installations such as the sprinkle pool, a pink and yellow jungle filled with 10,000 bananas and more. And what’s a museum about ice cream without the icy treat? As you’re guided through the pastel wonderland, you’ll be treated to five unique ice cream treats.
Museum of Ice Cream, 100 Loewen Road, Singapore 248837
Get your dose of art and culture at these art exhibitions in Singapore!