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The best upcoming art exhibitions in Singapore

Keep up with our round-up of the best art exhibitions and showcases happening around town

Dewi Nurjuwita
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Time Out Singapore editors
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Dewi Nurjuwita
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As we inch past the middle of the year, our cultural calendar is brimming with more exciting things to do. Art lovers in Singapore are in for a treat this June, especially with the return of i Light Singapore. From big-scale affairs (we're talking renowned international artists) to the annual STPI Annual Special Exhibition, there's so much to experience. Keep up with our round-up of the best art exhibitions and showcases happening around town.  

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  • Art
  • Painting
  • Rochor

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 cuturigallery.com

 

 

 

  • Art
  • Galleries
  • Raffles Place

It's not every day that you get to see the works of over 21 critically-acclaimed artists in one space. Well, STPI's 2022 Annual Exhibition is your chance to do so. STPI Creative Workshop and Gallery has long been a platform for top local and international artists to develop groundbreaking projects in print and paper through access to STPI resources and in-house master printers. Now, 41 of those artworks from the gallery's past two decades of creative collaborations will be on display. 

Called Second Movement, a title borrowed from a series of prints created in 1978 by Anni Albers that now reside in the Singapore Art Museum's Tyler Collection, the exhibition features works from the likes of Alfredo & Isabel Aquilizan, Heman Chong, Genevieve Chua, Richard Deacon, Han Sai Por, and more. The diverse collection defies conceptions of traditional prints – instead of highlighting artworks that are unconventional for their largely three-dimensional, spatial features cast in various mediums, including acrylic sheets, stainless steel, and even vegetables.

Throughout the exhibition's run from June 11 to July 24, you can look forward to supporting tours, workshops, performances, film screenings and panel discussions too. STPI's Second Movement is free to enter – to find out more, visit stpi.com.sg

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  • Things to do
  • Central

Wings Of Time in Sentosa is an iconic attraction in Singapore that needs no introduction. A multi-sensory presentation of water, laser and fireworks, this entertaining outdoor attraction tells a compelling story that will keep you on the edge of your seat. Follow Shahbaaz, a bird from prehistoric times and its journey through time. Together with his friends, Rachel and Felix, he flies over Mayan Pyramids, Silk Road Era, the Industrial Revolution, and African Savannahs. Along this journey, they discover more about themselves and their friendship but will they find their way back home? Catch the show to find out.

  • Art
  • Marina Bay

The titans are taking over Singapore from Feb 19. Attack on Titan is the best-selling dark fantasy manga and anime series written and illustrated by Hajime Isayama that has garnered a huge fanbase around the world. It is set in a world where humanity lives in cities protected by three walls from gigantic man-eating humanoids. The fantastical theme, unique plot and nuanced characters have made this anime a global cultural phenomenon – especially in Singapore. 

Now fans can delve deeper into this fictional world at Attack on Titan: The Exhibition, organised by SpaceLogic at the ArtScience Museum. The start of the exhibition is happening after an 11-year publication run and the manga's recent conclusion that marked the end of an era. The fourth and final season of the anime TV series will also coincide with the run of the exhibition, making it quite a bittersweet experience for the fans. 

Visitors can check out over 180 artworks by Hajime Isayama that range from the manga's earliest days to the present, as well as exclusive new pieces that have not been displayed anywhere else in the world. Get up-close and personal with Isayama's drafts and sketches of Titans, characters and objects from the manga from his archives, step into his thought process when creating this sprawling dystopia, and also experience a battle sequence set in the Great Titan Theatre. 

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  • Art
  • Sculpture
  • City Hall

The Ng Teng Fong Roof Garden perched atop the National Gallery Singapore is now home to a new large-scale installation by Antony Gormley. On display from August 6 to October 30 next year, Horizon Field Singapore (2021) will be exhibited alongside three other sculptures that trace four decades of Gormley's practice: Sense (1991), Close V (1998), and Ferment (2007). Placed at key locations throughout the Gallery, these works form a sequence of what the artist calls “acupuncture points” within the architecture, activating their surroundings and provoking connections with their audience. 

The exhibition offers an introduction to the artist's extensive body of work, which draws on a range of traditions and ideas including Buddhist sculpture and philosophy, minimalism and quantum physics. Many of Gormley's works encourage viewers to focus their attention on their own movement and perception in relation to the surrounding space. 

  • Art
  • Rochor

Who says you need a time machine to travel back in time? With OH! Open House's new permanent immersive art experience, all you need is a pair of comfy shoes, inquisitive eyes, a good listening ear, and a whole lotta curiosity.

Following its "sleepwalking" digital art trail Days — and counting, the independent art organisation is back on the streets to tempt you with a site-specific, multisensory walk around Jalan Besar. Titled New World's End, the Singapore Tourism Board-supported night tour is slated to officially launch on July 2.

The audio-guided walk combines fiction and history to reveal the stories of the iconic New World Amusement Park, as well as the rich history and heritage of Jalan Besar. Set against the backdrop of the now-defunct landmark in the 1960s, it starts at OH! Open House's new home at 85 Desker Road before taking you down back alleys, hidden rooms and fantasy spaces where you'll uncover the secrets and romance of a pair of young lovers: cinema projectionist Kiran (voiced by Salif Hardie) and New World Cabaret dance hostess Rosa (voiced by Moira Loh). 

 

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  • Art
  • City Hall

From the same people behind Future World, this art installation brings to life sixty-nine works from the William Farquhar Collection of National History Drawings within the museum’s Glass Rotunda. Look forward to roving animals, digital flora and seasonal weather in an expansive forest created by Japanese digital art collective teamLab, which seamlessly unfolds into a a virtual and visual landscape, immersing visitors in the story of Singapore's journey from its colonial past to its present-day modernity.

  • Kids
  • Festivals
  • Raffles Place

Got a mini Picasso at home? Unlock your child's creativity with the third edition of Gallery Children's Biennale. But with the current restrictions, expect a comeback like nothing before. Instead of the usual labyrinth of interactive artworks at National Gallery Singapore, the bi-yearly multi-sensorial art experience returns with its first-ever hybrid edition from May 22, 2021 until December 2022.

The inaugural "phygital" edition kicks off with an online experience via a kaleidoscopic microsite on May 22, followed by on-site art installations at National Gallery Singapore on September 4. And that's not the only first. With the microsite, the Biennale also goes global for the very first time too, making its exciting arty programmes available to children all around the world.

Guided on the inquiry "Why Art Matters", the Biennale highlights the importance of home, diversity, time and the environment through art and imaginative play. The curious kiddos can look forward to interactive online adventures, immersive storytelling sessions, and digital artmaking with local and international artists as well as fellow children from other countries.

When it comes to the artworks, the Biennale is not short of eye-catching online works and on-site installations that families can engage with. These are specially created by nine local and international artists including Dinh Q Lê (Vietnam), Isabel and Alfredo Aquilizan (Philippines/Australia), Jeremy Sharma (Singapore), Joyce Ho (Taiwan), Khvay Samnang (Cambodia), Nandita Mukand (Singapore/India), Nona Garcia (Philippines), Sandra Lee (Singapore), and Speak Cryptic X ADDADDADD (Singapore).

While we live in these changing times, the Biennale hopes to inspire children everywhere to navigate through life with empathy and confidence, all while nurturing critical skills such as curiosity, creativity and character-building. Plus, with an extended period that stretches till the end of next year, there's ample time for the kids to tap into their imagination and explore their creativity. For more information, visit childrensbiennale.com

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