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The best upcoming art exhibitions in Singapore

Here's what's happening in the art world this month

By Time Out Singapore editors
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Thinking of broadening your horizons and catching some culture this month? Keep up with our round-up of the best art exhibitions and showcases happening around town. From a travelling exhibition by Malaysian modernist painter and poet Latiff Mohidin to new digital artworks at teamLab's iconic Future World exhibition and paintings of your favourite Disney princesses in a sexier light, there's bound to be something new for all your culture vultures this month. 

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Magical Shores at Siloso
Photograph: Sentosa Development Corporation

1. Magical Shores at Siloso

Art Digital and interactive Singapore

Siloso Beach is transformed into a whole new light with a new immersive light and sound show, Magical Shores. The multi-sensory experience comprises four acts: Nocturnal Awakening, Islet Whispers, Force of Nature, and New Peaks. Taking centre stage are two islets across the waters, illuminated with lights, dreamy fog, and tranquil music. A light and sound symphony brings the trees to life, accentuating the beauty of Sentosa's landscape. You can also look forward to interacting with light art on the sandy beach, inspired by diverse elements ranging from water flow to marine creatures. Magical Shores at Siloso is running from 7.30pm to 10.30pm every night. 

City Hall: If Walls Could Talk
Photo: National Gallery Singapore

2. City Hall: If Walls Could Talk

Art National Gallery Singapore, City Hall

National Gallery Singapore’s newest exhibition pays tribute to a building with a long and colourful history, the City Hall. City Hall: If Walls Could Talk is held in conjunction with the Singapore Bicentennial commemoration. The new exhibition is part of the Gallery’s ongoing efforts to delve into the two national monuments the museum is housed in. 

The immersive multimedia experience celebrates the building’s rich history by combining art with stories inspired by key events that took place in the grand City Hall chamber. 

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Ng Teng Fong Roof Garden Commission: Cao Fei
Photo: Image courtesy of the artist and Vitamin Creative Space

3. Ng Teng Fong Roof Garden Commission: Cao Fei

Things to do Exhibitions National Gallery Singapore, City Hall

Cao Fei, one of China's leading contemporary artists will be presenting 浮槎 Fú Chá during Singapore Art Week. The large-scale kinetic sculpture installation will be part of the Ng Teng Fong Roof Garden Commission at the National Gallery Singapore. Cao Fei is known for her works including RMB Cities: A Second Life City Planning (2007), reimagining the future of China’s cities in an online virtual world, and Asia One (2018). The kinetic sculpture installation will be Cao Fei’s first set of solo presentations in the new year before her exhibition at the Serpentine Gallery in London and UCCA Beijing. 

Latiff Mohidin: Pago Pago, exhibition
Photograph: National Gallery Singapore

4. Latiff Mohidin: Pago Pago

Art National Gallery Singapore, City Hall

After its ground-breaking debut in Paris two years ago, National Gallery Singapore's first travelling Southeast Asian art exhibition makes its anticipated return to the gallery from March 27 to September 27. The Latiff Mohidin: Pago Pago exhibition gives you a glimpse into the life and practice of Malaysian modernist painter and poet Latiff Mohidin, highlighting how his travels across Europe and Southeast Asia have influenced modern art in this region. The exhibition features over 80 artworks and writings, including some of his earliest, displayed alongside rare photographs and films specially chosen from private and public collections in Singapore and Malaysia. The exhibition will also feature a new section showcasing early works made during his formative years in Singapore, alongside resurfaced works once deemed lost.

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Art Central x Artsy
Photograph: Art Central Hong Kong

5. Art Central x Artsy Online Fair

Following the cancellation of the initial Art Central Hong Kong due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the team has teamed up with exclusive online partner Artsy to host an online edition of Art Central from March 18 to May 1. Featuring cutting-edge works by emerging artists, the online catalogue will offer a longer opportunity for collectors and participating galleries to interact. Highlights include Ina Jang’s Radiator Theatre the Heat presented by One Four, Peter Yuill’s As Above So Below from Gallery HZ, and Darryl Westly’s Interior-Exterior Flora from Cuturi Gallery. To access the Art Central x Artsy site, click the link here

The News Gallery: Beyond Headlines
Photograph: National Library Board

6. The News Gallery: Beyond headlines

Art National Library, Rochor

If you have passion for the written word, check out the National Library's latest permanent exhibition, The News Gallery: Beyond Headlines. Located on level 11 of the National Library Building, the exhibition is divided into five zones and features original copies of Singapore's earliest newspapers and a fun, fake news-busting game for the whole family. Don't miss the interactive exhibits, which draws from NLB's rich collection of over 120 Singapore newspaper titles published since the 1820s. 

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Future World
Photograph: ArtScience Museum

7. Future World

Art ArtScience Museum, Marina Bay

Five new digital artworks have been added to the ArtScience Museum's iconic Future World exhibition , four of which are part of the opening gallery City in a Garden. The new additions include the Southeast Asia debut of Proliferating Immense Life, A Whole Year per Year – a giant interactive mural of blooming flowers – and Enso - Cold Light, which shows a digital drawing of an enso (a symbol of enlightenment, the universe and equality) gliding into existence before slowly dissolving into nothingness. The Sanctuary gallery, designed as a quiet haven for Future World's visitors to reflect and meditate, will also see a new addition. The Way of Birds shows a movement of a flock of birds which respond to the visitors' presence as they fly. The birds leave behind a trail of light as they fly through the space, dissolving the boundaries between the artwork and visitor. 

Adventures in Food Wonderland by Ang Ku Kueh Girl® and Friends™
Photo: ION Sky

8. Adventures in Food Wonderland

Things to do ION Sky, Orchard

If there's one thing Singapore's known for, it's the food culture here. Inspired by local snacks, this all-new digital projection light show at ION Sky takes you on a flavourful adventure with whimsical characters like Ang Ku Kueh Girl, Roti Prata Boy and Kueh Lapis Girl. Follow them as they do all they can to defend their Food Wonderland. Get your tickets for the show via the ION Orchard Mobile app or over the Concierge counters. Simply spend a minimum of $20 per receipt at the mall to redeem an ION Sky ticket.  

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