Must-see art exhibitions in Singapore this September

Here's all you'll need for your week's art and culture fix
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By Time Out Singapore editors |
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Thinking of broadening your horizons this week? Get your culture on with our roundup of the best art exhibitions and showcases happening around town – from Southeast Asian art to contemporary design, we'll have you sorted in a jiffy.

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President's Young Talents 2018
Art, Galleries

President's Young Talents 2018

icon-location-pin Singapore Art Museum, City Hall
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Singapore’s premier and only mentoring, commissioning, and award programme is back for their seventh edition. Recognising talented artists aged up to 35 years old, President's Young Talents (PYT) has defined the start of an outstanding artistic journey for many youths such as Boo Junfeng, Heman Chong, Charles Lim, Vertical Submarine and many more. As the last exhibition before the Singapore Art Museum temporally closes for a major revamp, come on down and show your support as Singapore’s next up-and-coming generation of contemporary artists takes centre stage.

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Singapore photography festival Singapore Nguan
Photo: Singapore Nguan
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Singapore International Photography Festival

icon-location-pin Singapore City,
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The Singapore International Photography Festival (SIPF) was the first of its kind when it premiered in 2008, and this year’s sixth edition promises to showcase even more works by South-East Asian artists. The festival includes a slew of exhibitions, workshops, and public talks held at various locations, including Deck, Gillman Barracks, The Arts House, Japan Creative Centre, Esplanade Tunnel and the National Design Centre. This year's theme is Like You, Me, Everybody Else takes a look into intimate realms and broader narratives connected by various human experiences. All works are carefully selected for their universal appeal that allows viewers from all walks of life the ability to relate.    

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ROOM by Jodi Tan
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Room

icon-location-pin SPRMRKT (STPI), Raffles Place
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Observe local artist Jodi Tan's impressive experiments with shape and colour via screen-printing, collage, painting and cross-stitching at the SPRMRKT's STPI location. Soak up the visuals of her Still Life series which includes eight works where positive and negative shapes are re-arranged in unconventional ways, allowing viewers to question how images are read and perceived. Her cross-stitching skills can be seen via her Sense of Order series, while she explores the idea of nature in urban spaces via her new series, Tree.

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Among Plants and Animals by Weixin Quek Chong
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Among Plants and Animals

icon-location-pin SPRMRKT (Cluny Court), Bukit Timah
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This flora-focused display shows local artist Weixin Quek Chong's knack for creating visuals that gorgeously captures plants inspired by books. Her technique lies in conveying her visions through selecting materials that give her works glossy, magazine-like sheen which then creates irony when accompanied with her unconventional range of subject matter including live plants represented in drawings or contemporary approaches like applying make-up and beauty cosmetics.

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Chok Yue Zan
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Retrospect of Paradiso, solo art exhibition by Chok Yue Zan

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Talented emerging Malaysian artist and winner of the UOB Painting of the Year 2017 competition Chok Yue Zan is holding his solo exhibition where pays tribute to his family ties and past living sanctuary in Sabah. His 13 paintings see unique mixed media techniques combined with a distinct joyful familiarity. While the artist primarily works with charcoals, acrylic and oil paints, Zan also explores and creatively uses woodcutting and printmaking techniques to illustrate his complex emotions towards the disappearance of his familiar paradise. This creates a precise, deep visual experience like no other that will draw you in, allowing you to experience for yourself what his joyful nostalgia of paradise was like.

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Teng Nee Cheong
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Embodiment | Sentience

icon-location-pin The Private Museum, Rochor
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To commemorate the fifth anniversary of the passing of the late Singaporean artist, Teng Nee Cheong, the exhibition showcases the rare sighting of his monochromatic charcoal drawings, instead of his better-known vibrant, colourful paintings with Southeast Asian cultural influences. As the first exhibition since his passing, this inaugural showcase displays a selection of his life drawings collection. 

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teamLab Crystal Universe
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Future World

icon-location-pin ArtScience Museum, Marina Bay
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The ArtScience Museum’s first-ever permanent exhibition is a world of high-tech, immersive digital art installations. Featuring 19 works by award-winning Japanese art collective teamLab, Future World will be constantly updated with new works over the years. Highlight pieces include Transcending Boundaries, where visitors enter a digitally-rendered natural world which explores the relationship between people and nature, and Sanctuary, inviting visitors to reflect and meditate in a silence before moving on to the next showcase.

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Siapa Nama Kamu? Art in Singapore since the 19th Century with Georgette Chen
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Siapa Nama Kamu? Art in Singapore since the 19th Century

icon-location-pin National Gallery Singapore, City Hall
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National Gallery Singapore’s home to one of the largest collections of artworks by distinguished local artists – and among the greats is Georgette Chen. A Cultural Medallion recipient, Chen’s lauded as one of Singapore’s pioneer painters who contributed greatly to the development of the local art scene. She also played a huge role in the Nanyang art movement, which was styled after Southeast Asia. Known for her distinct postimpressionist style, Chen, who died in 1993, worked with bold brushstrokes and a warm palette. Her influences included Western artists such as Vincent van Gogh and Paul Cézanne. Specialising in still life, landscapes and portraits in oil, Chen was particularly fond of painting her first husband, Eugene Chen.

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Alois Mosbacher
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Intriguing Uncertainties

icon-location-pin Parkview Museum, Rochor
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Venture on a journey of obscurities, improbabilities and uncertainties through the complex and awe-inspiring contemporary works of art, created by the artist’s imagination. These works are bound to draw you into a whole new universe where your realm of imagination is confronted by these realities of daily life. Brought to you by 42 artists from all around the globe, this exhibition emphasizes the significance of narrative in contemporary art that focuses on singular socio-cultural constellations and specific, situational meanings based on anthropological considerations.

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Syonan Gallery: War and its Legacies
Photo: William Goh
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Surviving the Japanese Occupation: War and its Legacies

icon-location-pin Singapore City,
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To mark – not commemorate – the 75th anniversary of the fall of Singapore, there'll be an exhibition set in the Old Ford Factory, which was where the British surrendered to the Japanese forces on February 15, 1942. Spread across four zones, take in the diary entries, identity cards and war campaign documentary paintings on display, then reflect on the solemn beginnings of our nationhood.

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Amek Gambar (Taking Pictures): Peranakans and Photography
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Amek Gambar: Peranakans and photography

icon-location-pin Peranakan Museum, City Hall
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Trace the evolution of photography in Southeast Asia through the lens of the Peranakan community as you admire the collection of over 200 photographs, donated by Mr and Mrs Lee Kip Lee, that runs the gamut from old school monochrome images to dazzling digital displays. Through its exploration of the candid and intimate moments shared by early Peranakan families, the exhibition also brings forth issues surrounding identity and connectedness.

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Lim Cheng Hoe - Painting Singapore
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Lim Cheng Hoe: Painting Singapore

icon-location-pin National Gallery Singapore, City Hall
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Considered to be one of the city's finest watercolourists, see Singapore through Lim Cheng Hoe's lenses as he showcases 60 distinctive works of art which beautifully capture the evolving scenes from the 1930s to the 1970s. The artist's dedication towards plein-air painting influences the elements featured in his art, including the effects of light and weather on the landscapes of the city, as well as motifs such as kampongs, boat traffics, hilltop views and more that oozes a sense of local identity.      

The best places to catch some art

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