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The best upcoming art exhibitions in Singapore

The coolest art galleries and museums to get your art and culture fix at this month

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By Time Out Singapore editors |
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Thinking of broadening your horizons and catching some culture this week? Keep up with our round-up of the best art exhibitions and showcases happening around town. Whether you're looking for Chinese ink-wash paintings or seeking to admire the art of acclaimed contemporary Japanese artists, there's bound to be something for you. We'll have you sorted in a jiffy.

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Floating Utopias
Things to do, Exhibitions

Floating Utopias

icon-location-pin ArtScience Museum, Marina Bay
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Feast your eyes on a visual treat at the ArtScience Museum. Titled Floating Utopias, this playful yet poetic exhibition explores the history of inflatable objects, showcasing the effects they have on art, architecture and social activism over the decades after the first hot air balloon took off. 

Catch the masterpieces of over 15 international and local artists including Ant Farm, Tools for Action (Artúr van Balen and Tomás Espinosa), Anna Hoetjes, Ahmet Öǧüt, Graham Stevens, Luke Jerram and Dawn Ng. Out of the 40 artworks featured, eight are of giant inflatables that are suspended in the galleries to amp up the dramatic displays. 

Highlights include the impressive outdoor installation, Castle of Vooruit (2012), by Turkish artist Ahmet Öğüt, and a new version of British artist Luke Jerram's giant lunar sculpture, Museum of the Moon, which is also commissioned by the museum to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Moon Landing in 1969.

From 18 to 20 July, you can commemorate the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11's landing on the moon at Moongazers. The three-day event is complementary to Floating Utopias. Specially curated by ArtScience Museum, the programmes explore the reverberations of Apollo 11's achievement through a series of performances, talks, and workshops. 

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City Hall: If Walls Could Talk
National Gallery Singapore
Art

City Hall: If Walls Could Talk

icon-location-pin National Gallery Singapore, City Hall
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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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Wonderland, ArtScience Museum, Marina Bay Sands
Photo: Marina Bay Sands
Art, Digital and interactive

Wonderland

icon-location-pin ArtScience Museum, Marina Bay
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Fall down the rabbit hole at ArtScience Museum’s latest exhibition Wonderland. Immerse yourself in this playful and interactive exhibition based on Lews Carroll’s timeless stories of Alice and her adventures through Wonderland.

Developed by Australian Centre for the Moving Image (AMCI), this immersive showcase makes Singapore its first stop as part of its global tour. The exhibition is suitable for all ages, inviting visitors and families alike to take a trip through the looking glass into the enchanted world. 

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Art@Suntec
Art@Suntec
Art, Galleries

Art@Suntec

icon-location-pin Suntec Singapore International Convention & Exhibition Centre, City Hall
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Kicking off Suntec Singapore Convention & Exhibition Centre's new art space, Art@Suntec, is Instinct by Roderick Koh. The artist uses mixed media like sand and glass for all ten paintings from the 'Instinct' collection, which has been specially created for Art@Suntec's debut display. 

“This is my first major exhibition and each piece reflects one of the five themes: Courage, Fearlessness, Sense, Spirit and Visceral,” said Roderick Koh. “I’m dedicating all the proceeds from the sales of ‘Instinct’ to the Singapore Cancer Society which I hold close to my heart. It’s my way of giving back to the society." 

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Anna Chan
Anna Chan
Art, Galleries

I am, but also

icon-location-pin UltraSuperNew, Rochor
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I am, but also showcases works by four women artists as they explore beyond the labels they inhabit, overcoming the ways they have been restricted and seeking ways of empowerment through their identities. Artists Anna Chan, Dipali Gupta, Fazleen Karlan, and Maisarah Kamal look into relationships, family, marriage, career aspirations and the self in this exhibition. 

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Guo Pei: Chinese Art and Couture
Photo: Asian Civilisations Museum
Art

Season of Chinese Art

icon-location-pin Asian Civilisations Museum, City Hall
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Asian Civilisations Museum opens doors for culture vultures to explore the best of both traditional and contemporary Chinese art through artworks, heritage, culture and fashion from China and Singapore. Kickstarting the latest season is Guo Pei: Chinese Art and Couture. The famous couturière is known for her iconic yellow cape worn by Rihanna at the 2015 MET. 29 of her most iconic embroidered creations are up for display along with 20 Chinese art masterpieces from ACM’s collection.

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Miaja Gallery
Miaja Gallery
Art, Galleries

Dissonance

icon-location-pin Miaja Gallery, River Valley
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Miaja Gallery presents Dissonance in collaboration with Singapore Repertory Theatre. The group exhibition features twelve contemporary artists, carefully curated as part of CAUGHT. Visitors can enjoy the immersive theatrical performance surrounded by a specially curated art exhibition.

The exhibition spans two gallery floors, and is a unique curatorial approach which invites visitors to actively engage in their experience by noticing their inner sensations in response to the varied selection of works by local and international artists. 

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Of Days Gone by No.1
Artwork by: Liu Ling
Art

Of Ordinary Things

icon-location-pin SPRMRKT (STPI), Raffles Place
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Of Ordinary Things is award-winning artist Liu Ling's representation of the forgotten aspects of life. In discovering the beauty of the ordinary, Liu explores realism in and through art, thereby bringing to light erstwhile ignored realities. As part of Liu's exhibition, SPRMRKT at STPI is running all-day promotions throughout July. Guests who order a bottle of Chateau Beaulieu and Coteaux d’ Aix-en-Provence Rose are entitled to a complimentary choice of Asian hummus and flatbread, sweet potato fries or oyster corn fritters. 

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Gallery Children's Biennale 2019: Embracing Wonder
Things to do

Gallery Children's Biennale 2019: Embracing Wonder

icon-location-pin National Gallery Singapore, City Hall
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Take the kiddos on an art adventure at National Gallery Singapore. This year’s Children’s Biennale features 11 interactive artworks by local and international artists. Let your little hitmakers create their own tunes at Chance Operations or immerse them in an experiential journey across time and space at Stardust: Soaring Through the Sky’s Embrace.

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Miaja Gallery - teamLab Installation
Art, Galleries

teamLab Installation at Miaja Gallery

icon-location-pin Miaja Gallery, River Valley
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Teaming up with Ikkan Art Gallery, Miaja Gallery is proud to present digital artworks by teamLab as part of its permanent installation. An art collective based in Tokyo, teamLab is widely known to create art that transcends boundaries. Feast your eyes on Waves of Light, a digital artwork consisting of computer-generated waves that are expressed as a continuous body of water, creating a new experience between humans, nature, and art. Inspired by nature, life cycles, and the infinite movement of particles, the artworks showcased in this gallery tell stories that resonate deep within the human essence.

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From Singapore to Singaporean: The Bicentennial Experience
Things to do

From Singapore to Singaporean: The Bicentennial Experience

icon-location-pin Fort Canning Park, City Hall
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Delve further into Singapore’s past with a two-part showcase at the historic Fort Canning Park. Time Traveller is a cinematic experience that takes you through 700 years of history with five multimedia shows. While Pathfinder is a free-and-easy experience that presents Singapore’s journey from past to present through eight interactive pavilions and installations.

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Red Dot Design Museum - Human-Nature Exhibition
Art, Design

Human-Nature Exhibition

icon-location-pin Red Dot Design Museum Singapore, Marina Bay
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The Human-Nature exhibition brings together innovative products, research concepts, communication works and art, the exhibition begins with an introspective probe on how humans perceive robots. This selection of works poses questions about being human and explores how humans excel beyond their natural abilities. To gain an insight into the nature of human beings and technology, the museum offers a bilingual Human-Nature catalogue which serves as a necessary exhibition accompaniment and provides an in-depth narration, parallel questioning, and full descriptions of the exhibiting design works.

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SEA STATE 9: proclamation garden
Art

Sea State 9: proclamation garden

icon-location-pin National Gallery Singapore, City Hall
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Surround yourself with flora atop National Gallery Singapore. As part of the gallery's Ng Teng Fong Roof Garden Commission series, Sea State 9: proclamation garden by Charles Lim Yi Yong transforms the space with herbage found in reclaimed areas such as Changi, Tuas and the Southern Islands. Besides showcasing the biodiversity of flora in Singapore, it also shines a light onto the city's history of land reclamation. The garden is considered a work in progress, so expect the exhibition to evolve as the plants grow day by day.  

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Putting on the Kebaya
Dewi Nurjuwita
Art, Textiles

Putting on the Kebaya by Benny Ong

icon-location-pin Shangri-La Hotel Singapore, Tanglin
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Internationally acclaimed artist and fashion designer, Benny Ong (who designed for the late Princess Diana), will launch his first-ever exhibition "Putting on the Kebaya", showcasing a series of Peranakan inspired artworks in the sensory, olfactory and tactile space. 

Treat yourself to a Peranakan afternoon tea from Shangri-La's Lobby Lounge while being awed by Benny's 20 contemporary hand-woven artworks. To celebrate Singapore's bicentenary, Benny has also created a scent, drawing inspiration from the Peranakans and cultural exchange with the UK. 

The exhibition is organised by The British Council in partnership with Shangri-La Hotel. Appreciate the intricacies and delicacies of the Peranakan culture.     

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Asian Civilisation Museum
Museums, History

Southeast Asia in the World

icon-location-pin Asian Civilisations Museum, City Hall
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Journey further into Southeast Asia – past and present – as the Asian Civilisations Museum opens three new permanent galleries: Ancestors and Rituals, Christian Art and Islamic Art. There are also new items on display in the museum's Trade galleries that explore the artistic exchanges within Asia and the rest of the world. 

The Ancestors and Rituals gallery shines its spotlight on a diverse range of Southeast Asian artefacts that reflect the barter of ideas and cultural interactions among various tribes and communities in the region. The Christian Art gallery, on the other hand, exhibits intricate works of cross-cultural art created in Asia that are dedicated to the religion. 

The Islamic Art showcases the wealth of artistic traditions that arise from the expansion of Islam in Southeast Asia. As part of Southeast Asia in the World, the museum is also hosting a new series of trails that provide visitors an understanding of Southeast Asia's role in the world through beautiful illustrations by local artist Muneera Malek.  

The best places to catch some art

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