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The best art exhibitions in Singapore

Left right up down, art is everywhere we look! Don't miss out on the best ones yet

Mingli Seet
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Mingli Seet
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Ongoing

  • Art
  • Film and video
  • Marina Bay

Film fanatics, don’t miss out on ArtScience Museum’s upcoming exhibition Goddess: Brave. Bold. Beautiful. Curated by ACMI (Australia’s national museum of screen culture), Goddess is set to debut in Asia at the ArtScience Museum on April 6, 2024. Get ready to uncover 120 years of moving image history featuring stories, costumes, sketches, interactive experiences, as well as the pillars behind these wonderful masterpieces. 

It will also shine a spotlight on Asian film stars from Hong Kong, Japan, India, and Singapore, alongside other countries such as America, Australia and Europe. Other notable film icons to expect are, the one and only Marilyn Monroe, equal rights activist Laverne Cox, and Chinese American Hollywood star Anna May Wong. All of them are influential female figures in the film and television industry that have transcended stereotypes and influenced ideas of femininity through their representation on screen.

  • Art
  • City Hall

Explore a curated selection of 30 paintings by artist Cheong Soo Pieng, completed from the 1950s to the 1980s. Visitors can venture through the space segmented into three sections that will answer the following questions: “What makes a painting?”, “When is a painting complete?”, and “What is painting?”.

This exhibition is a special one as it is the first in Southeast Asia to utilise material analysis such as x-ray scans and infrared photography to unveil fresh insights into Cheong’s artistic processes. Visitors will be able to dive into Cheong Soo Pieng’s art journey and learn more about the ins and outs of his practice such as materials used, art approaches, and untold stories and ideas.

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  • Art
  • City Hall

If you’ve seen the widely-discussed artwork featuring a banana taped to a wall that sold for over a hundred thousand dollars, then you would know that there are no boundaries in modern art. This inevitably leads us to the pressing question: What exactly is art? With this question in mind, take a trip to the National Gallery’s latest show, Figuring A Scene.

The exhibition is divided into six segments: ‘Shadow’, 'Fruit’, ‘Fire’, ‘Air’, ‘Wax’ and ‘City’. These different points of focus hope to further aid our understanding of the displayed works beyond its historical or societal contexts. 

For example, in the segment ‘Fruit’, the show examines the diverse portrayals of the King of Fruits, Durian, throughout several mediums of art – from sculptures to paintings and photographs. With each medium offering its own unique point of view, visitors can reflect on its status during colonial times and uncover how this fruit has evolved into an iconic symbol of Singapore's national identity.

For more information, visit their website here.
Download the e-catalogue here.

  • Art
  • Painting
  • Bukit Merah

Japanese artist Hiroshi Senju pays homage to planet Earth through his depiction of rainbow waterfalls on large-scale canvases. Standing before his expansive paintings, one can almost sense the cascading water and feel the mist in the air, as if standing before real waterfalls.

Senju has delved into the exploration of mother nature for over three decades. As a Japanese, his profound respect for Japanese culture and traditions is deeply ingrained in his appreciation of nature. However, he extends beyond cultural boundaries, believing that these values are universally significant. This profound admiration for nature's essence is reflected in his portrayal of waterfalls – a symbol of life force to him.

 

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  • Art
  • Chinatown

Explore the creations of Yanyun Chen, Hong Zhu An, and Prabhavathi Meppayil, produced during their artists’ residency as they venture beyond their typical practices to experiment with various print and paper mediums. At STPI’s Creative Workshop, these artists engaged with unfamiliar materials, techniques, and collaborators. The exhibition showcases the outcomes of their projects, highlighting the artistic breakthroughs that occur during the enriching period of an STPI residency.

  • Art
  • Harbourfront

The Sea is a Field is a two-year collaborative project by artists Simryn Gill and Charles Lim Yi Yong that reflects their journeys between Port Dickson, Malaysia, and Singapore. 

Using videos from Lim and photography and text from Gill, the project captures their travels along the Malacca Strait and Indonesian Sumatra's port towns. They serve as a reminder of how our local culture shapes how we see and navigate the world.

The exhibit situated at Block 37 within Tanjong Pagar Distripark serves as a public presentation of personal contemplations, delving into physical and communal environments. Its proximity to the former Tanjong Pagar Port and Railway Station aligns with the overarching theme of the project, centred around the concepts of movement and migration.

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  • Art
  • City Hall

This duo exhibition features prominent Japanese anime and manga-inspired artist Yumiko Igarashi. This marks the first occasion where original paintings will be on display in Singapore. Yumiko Igarashi, a legendary artist, has been a defining figure in the girly manga aesthetic since the 70s, renowned for her masterpiece, Candy ♡ Candy.

This hallmark work features sugar-sweet and lovestruck girls that have left an enduring imprint on the public's imagination. 

  • Art

From April 12 to May 31, 2024, A Trail to Chase will feature 29 multidisciplinary functional art – think everyday furnitures with a twist – created by renowned artists like Fernando Mastrangelo, Charlotte Kingsnorth, and Vincent Pocsik. Visitors are invited to go on an introspective journey to uncover narratives and contemplate the interconnectedness of our world through extraordinary creations. As you traverse the gallery space, explore the beauty of shifted perspectives, where nature's allure meets modern innovation, while tracing the invisible routes of art's journey, uncovering stories of cultural heritage and art.

Upcoming

  • Art

Frida Kahlo, the world-renowned Mexican painter, needs no introduction. Regarded as one of the most influential female artists of the 20th century, she is celebrated for her self-portraits that delve into themes of identity and the human body.

There will be three different segments with nine spaces filled with 360-degree projections, interactive installations, photographs, and films. You’ll be able to trace her artistic journey, starting from her early years as a young girl. The show will also touch on her medical journey – one that isn’t widely discussed about. There’ll also be virtual reality experiences for you to truly step into her shoes and see the world from her point of view.

Stay tuned for the exact dates, and join the waitlist for ticket sales here.

  • Art
  • Art

For the Ghibli fans, we’ve got great news for you – ArtScience Museum will be presenting The World of Studio Ghibli, showcasing the world of well-loved Ghibli animation studios, from October 2024.

The exhibition will be their largest one to date, featuring large-scale interactive theatrical sets from various iconic Ghibli films across the studio’s history. Visitors will also be able to step into the fantasy worlds of well-loved films My Neighbor Totoro, Princess Mononoke and Spirited Away, as well as meet their favourite characters.

For more information, visit ArtScience Museum’s webpage here.
We’ll also be updating this space with updates, so stay tuned. 

 

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  • Art
  • Art

The beautiful art world of French painter Claude Monet is coming to us at Gardens by the Bay’s Flower Dome on July 12 through the multi-sensorial exhibition Impressions of Monet, co-presented by Gardens by the Bay and Neon.

Impressions of Monet: The Garden will transform the Flower Dome’s centre field into scenes of Monet’s renowned garden in his home in Giverny, France. Monet’s iconic pink house will also be recreated alongside its adjoining garden, Clos Normand, as well as the Water Garden – the land at the bottom of Clos Normand. These beautiful landscapes served as inspirations for several of his famous paintings such as The Water Lily Pond (1899)and The Artist's Garden at Giverny (1900).

 

  • Art
  • Painting
  • Rochor

Discover the artistry of Leo Hee Tong, a renowned Singaporean painter, through NAFA’s upcoming exhibition Memories of Time: Leo Hee Tong 时光印迹: 梁其栋. Featuring around 50 paintings spanning his early and recent career, the showcase will take place at The Ngee Ann Kongsi Galleries from April 16 to 28, 2024. 

Explore Leo's life, memories, and imagination through his artwork, offering a glimpse into his journey as an artist. This exhibition marks Leo's sixth solo show in the last decade and holds significance as his first at his alma mater. Leo's artistic roots trace back to his time at NAFA, where he studied under the mentorship of Cheong Soo Pieng, a pioneer artist. Later, Leo expanded his artistic horizons at Ashiya Art College in Japan, where he encountered diverse artistic influences.

 

 

Festivals

  • Art
  • Art

The Singapore International Festival of Arts (SIFA) will return from May 7 to June 2, 2024, showcasing five newly commissioned productions, seven invited international presentations and an all-new programme pillar catered for families and children. Organised by Arts House Limited (AHL) and commissioned by the National Arts Council (NAC), SIFA 2024 continues to gather the artistic perspectives of our local creators and celebrated international artists. 

 

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