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Time Out says

Cuturi Gallery has moved into a beautiful conservation shophouse in the ethnic enclave of Kampong Gelam in the bigger Bugis area (which has been named the coolest neighbourhood in Singapore, in case you've missed it). 

The next-generation art gallery opened early this year in Pacific Plaza on Scotts Road, making waves in the Singapore art scene since its inception. Founder Kevin Troyano Cuturi started the gallery with a strong belief that art should be empowering and meaningful for everyone. A factor that sets Cuturi Gallery apart is its ground-breaking c/discoveries initiative, an incubator for new creative talents in the city the likes of Faris Heizer, Mujahid Jalil, Oneal Parbo, Goh Jia Jie.  

The new gallery space echoes its starting grounds on Scotts Road, with streamlined and minimalistic interiors that don't take away from the main highlight: the artworks themselves. The ground floor is dedicated to the gallery's exhibition spaces, while the second- and third- floor houses multi-functional art spaces. But hold your breath for the gallery's crowning gallery, an open-air patio overlooking the surrounding neighbourhood –old red roofs, golden-domed mosques and everything else in between. 

The gallery is kicking off the new space with an opening exhibition, aptly titled 'New Beginnings'. Celebrating the vibrancy and diversity of Singapore's art scene, it highlights the works of 12 emerging visual artists from Singapore including Seelan Palay, Marla Bendini, Didier Jaba Mathieu, Aisha Rosli and Shen Jiaqi. 

Make your way to the colourful neighbourhood and appreciate Cuturi Gallery's new space in all of its glory. 

Dewi Nurjuwita
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Dewi Nurjuwita


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For The Time Being

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Life sucks, sometimes. In For The Time Being, rising artist Vanessa Liem expresses "the oppressive weight of existence" through stunning, surreal paintings. In her second solo show at Cuturi Gallery, twisted human figures with alien-like countenances are washed in a dark palette, expressing "states of anxiety, mania, vulnerability and numbness". This is a decidedly more personal collection compared to her first solo exhibition, I Cried Bizarre. "For this series, I wanted to paint how a person felt, not how a person looked," Vanessa shares. The characters in her paintings are a self-reference, and are placed in backdrops and landscapes to create atmospheric scenes inspired by her own life and experiences.  Black Out Days (2022) speaks of numbness and desolation, as a character stares blankly out the frame with a fantastical background pictured out the window behind her; Red Room (2022) is a study in comfort and intimacy, drawing from Vanessa's own tendency to escape to her sister's room in difficult times; while Arrival (2022) is a sci-fi esque and powerful reclamation of mental well-being and identity, reflecting the artist's own inner journey.  Vanessa's works are bold, unusual, and deep with emotion – so do yourself a favour and check out her works in person at Cuturi Gallery from June 18 to July 10. For more information, visit       

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