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Ruben Pang may have graduated from Lasalle’s Faculty of Fine Art just four years ago, but he has already acquired a few pretty feathers in his beret. The 24-year-old’s works have been showcased in group and solo shows in places as far flung as Turkey, Italy and Switzerland. His latest exhibition, Ataraxy, takes cue from disarray and entropy to create paintings of individuals in the midst of contemplation, decision-making and other obstacles.
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[ADVERTORIAL] An onscreen musical adapted from a stage version by Stephen Sondheim, Disney’s Into the Woods is a rabbit hole of clashing myths, legends and fairy tales. Dive right in and follow a baker and his wife as they attempt to dispel a witch’s curse, which renders them childless. To counter the spell, the couple journey into – you guessed it – the woods, a dark and twisted grove filled with strange creatures both good and evil. If that doesn’t whet your appetite, here are five reasons why you need to catch Disney’s Into the Woods. A huge ensemble cast It’s an extravangaza of the who’s who of Hollywood. Emily Blunt plays the lead protagonist, a baker’s wife who ventures into the forest to break the cruel spell; Anna Kendrick stars as a Cinderella mourning the death of her marriage; Meryl Streep turns wicked as the witch; Chris Pine gets his douche on as Prince Charming; and Johnny Depp is straight up weird as the well-dressed wolf. On the strength of this cast alone, Disney’s Into the Woods makes great popcorn fodder. Fairy tales overload Ever wondered what would happen if Hans Christian Andersen, the Grimm brothers and Charles Perrault were best buds? Disney’s Into the Woods is like a collaboration between the iconic writers, with all their characters occupying the same fictional universe. So expect Little Red Riding Hood teaming up with Prince Charming, Cinderella locking horns with Jack (of the beanstalk fame), and other curious mash-ups. Meryl Streep Stree
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Singapore Art Museum
This former Catholic boys’ school, a striking white building with two wings and long verandas, was revamped in the early 1990s when there was a policy of converting old colonial buildings into public museums. Because of its small, unusual and hidden gallery spaces, it has never held blockbuster shows. Instead, it specialises in smaller exhibitions, mostly 20th-century Asian visual art, often drawn from its own collection of South-east Asian ‘pioneer’ art. Free entrance on Fridays after 6pm
red dot design museum
An offshoot of the famous red dot museum in Germany, the largest exhibition of contemporary design in the world, this local version displays the prototypes and models made by winners of the prestigious red dot product design awards. Housed in a bright red colonial building that was the former Singapore Traffic Police Headquarters, the museum displays interactive installations and products such as unconventional furniture, watches and TV sets.
Since its establishment in 2006, FOST Gallery has built a reputation as one of Singapore's more innovative galleries, presenting works by both established and emerging artists from Singapore and abroad.
The Cathay Gallery
Ever wondered why the Cathay Building, with its mish-mash of ’30s art-deco frontage and avant-garde glass body, looks like it was designed by a mentalist architect with schizophrenia? You can find out at the perenially unsung Cathay Gallery, housed in a quiet, out-of-the-way corner on the second floor, which colourfully relates the rocky past of the 75-year-old entertainment giant that is Cathay, as well as its founders Dr Loke Yew and his son, Dato Loke Wan Tho. Check out the short documentary about the plane crash which killed Dato Loke, and browse through heaps of retro movie memorabilia. Film diehards will no doubt go gaga at the super-rare antique film projector at the entrance, while within the gallery, old photo enlargers, cinema chairs, vintage movie posters and other oddball silver-screen curios and Technicolor nostalgia make for a diverting hour before catching a somewhat more contemporary cinema experience upstairs. Tip: Catch the black-and-white trailer for the Cathay-produced smash-hit Malay horror flick from 1957, Pontianak. Seah Jun En See more: The best things in life are free Latent Images: Film in Singapore
Shoehorning art and science into the same room and doing justice to both was always going to be a big risk (although we could think of bigger – who wouldn’t want to spend an afternoon at the ReligionScience Museum?). Right from the get-go, the concept, with its strong ring of focus-grouped marketability, invites cynicism and excitement in almost equal measure. Is this, you wonder, the arrival of a museum thinking well and truly outside the box? Or is it, as some have reckoned, another hole in the foot of a city trying ever harder to better itself with another catchy but ultimately hollow niche-filler? Another empty, world-beating superlative to add to the list? As it turns out, the answer is a bit of both. The permanent exhibition – that’s the ArtScience showcase on the top floor – is surprising for its brevity and, after all the hype, a bit of a letdown. Three rooms make a glib attempt to tackle the ‘conceptual barriers erected between the artistic and scientific communities’. The Inspiration room asks: what do an ancient Chinese scroll, Leonardo’s flying machine, a robo-fish, a Kongmin lantern and the ArtScience Museum itself have in common? You leave without ever really finding out, other than they were invented by very creative minds. But you do get to play with touch screens and, if you so desire, create a digital postcard to send to mum. The Expression room, a large, multi-panelled cinema, screams ‘Look, art and science can co-exist!’ with a short video montage
Objectifs Centre for Photography & Filmmaking
This filmmaking and photography hub was established in 2003 and has already garnered a huge following of enthusiasts wanting to further their knowledge in either craft. Besides holding regular courses and workshops, they also create awareness by organising photography exhibitions, film screenings and talks. And if that’s not enough, this establishment spearheads Objectif Films in partnership with Infinite Frameworks and Shooting Gallery Asia. Together, they distribute the largest number of short films in South-East Asia and represent award-winning short films from our region.