Must-see art exhibitions in Singapore this September

Here's all you'll need for your week's 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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Singapore photography festival Singapore Nguan
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Singapore International Photography Festival

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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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Archifest

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Explore the city’s urban environment and celebrate all things architecture and design that contributes to the community, addresses humanity issues and enhances everyday lives. There'll be talks, exhibitions, workshops and its signature Architours, where you'll get the chance to enter and walk around exquisitely designed homes and religious buildings.

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二: A Tale of Convergence

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A photography maven’s ultimate camera brand of choice, Leica is joining forces with two talented lens wizards Lee Yik Keat and Geoff Ang to roll out a stunning exhibition for avid shutterbugs. The multi-sensory, augmented reality treat celebrates the distinctive works of the two photographers who are known to push boundaries in order to produce visual stunners that stay true to their unique, individual styles.

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Wu Guanzhong
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Wu Guanzhong: Expressions of Pen & Palette

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The National Gallery Singapore opens its doors and invites all art types for a celebratory toast, marking the centennial year of the artist’s birth in 2019. With a flair for seamlessly blending Chinese ink and Western modernism, Chinese painter Wu Guanzhong’s gorgeous inked masterpieces are propped up to demonstrate the link between his artistic creations and the literary writing selected from Singapore’s National Collection and a key Southeast Asian private compilation.

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Art, Galleries

Hybrid Brain

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Look through the eyes of artist Entang Wiharso at Hybrid Brain where he showcases his latest body of works produced in Yogyakarta and Rhode Island as an Indonesian and American respectively. The art pieces play around the issues of identity, belonging and otherness in a society where acceptance and integration are rare privileges laced with ideology, social statuses and genetic heritage. 

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Wind Walkers: Theo Jansen’s Strandbeests
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Wind Walkers: Theo Jansen’s Strandbeests

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When art, science, engineering and performance meet, nothing short of a ‘new species on Earth’ happens. Witness 13 large-scale Strandbeests – which translates to ‘beach animals’ in Dutch – move in a startlingly like-life fashion in the galleries. These wind-powered machines, made from everyday materials, are the brainchild of Theo Jansen, a sculptor from the Netherlands who has spent the last 28 years developing these unique kinetics sculptures. The largest of them all is Animaris Siamesis which measures 10m in length and weighs over 240kg.

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Future World

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The ArtScience Museum’s first-ever permanent exhibition is a world of high-tech, immersive digital art installations. Featuring 15 works by award-winning Japanese art collective teamLab, Future World will be constantly updated with new works over the years. Highlight pieces include 'Crystal Universe', where visitors can enter a room filled with over 170,000 LED lights that change colours, and 'Universe of Water Particles' – an 8-metre-tall digital waterfall whose water particles tumble down logs in accordance with the laws of physics. We check out five of the most eye-catching pieces at Future World.

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Street²

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Be amazed and intrigued by Mazel Galerie’s group show Street2, featuring artworks by renowned and upcoming street artists, where each individual piece has its own unique message to share. From stencil artist Monk's camouflage series raising awareness for endangered animals, to C215 colourful animal portraits, muralist Noir, multi-media street artist Fidia Falaschetti and more. It promises to be an artsy affair.

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untitled 2018 (the infinite dimensions of smallness)
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Art, Contemporary art

untitled 2018 (the infinite dimensions of smallness)

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Chiang Mai-based contemporary artist Rirkrit Tiravanija presents his latest work, untitled 2018 (the infinite dimensions of smallness), an immersive maze installation that blurs the line between art and audience. Made entirely out of bamboo, the maze stands at 4m and is inspired by traditional scaffolding seen in Asian countries like Hong Kong and Thailand. At the centre of the maze lies a minuscule tea house, where visitors can enter to experience an authentic Japanese tea ceremony.

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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

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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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