Expect plenty of interactive light installations scattered across the arts and heritage district of Bras Basah and Bugis at this year’s Singapore Night Festival. This year’s theme zooms in on ASEAN, featuring commissions and collaborations with local and regional artists. As always, feast your eyes on a kaleidoscope of kinetic visuals projected onto the facades of buildings in the vicinity as you soak in the atmosphere.
What better way to discover a new pool of talent than at the city’s annual alternative music festival? Baybeats returns to the Esplanade with brand new faces and sounds from Singapore and around the region like indie-rock outfit Stopgap, metal band Rudra, and rapper Aklo.
62 years after Richard Hamilton listed the characteristics of the pop art movement – popular, transient, expendable, et cetera – Mizuma is showcasing a group exhibition curated by Hermanto Soerjanto, featuring Indonesian artists Agan Harahap, Heri Dono, indieguerillas, and Uji 'Hahan' Handoko Eko Saputro. These artists pay homage to the movement by challenging the traditions of fine art and incorporating mundane imageries from pop culture that reflect on current issues into their works.
D'Julz's career spans over two decades, beginning in Paris, where he's been running the now-famous Bass Culture night at Rex Club since 1997. His ability to transcend genres and trends has earned him residencies across the globe, including a long-standing stint at Circoloco in Ibiza. Be sure to catch his showcase at CÉ LA VI on Sunday.
Luxury eyewear brand Linda Farrow is a favourite among celebrities like Rihanna, Beyoncé, and the Hadid sisters. Ahead of its 50th anniversary in 2020, the brand is collaborating with On Pedder to showcase its collections, past and present. Many of its quirkiest styles have been designed in collaboration with the likes of Jeremy Scott, Alexander Wang and Yaz Buckley, so don't miss a chance to view these unique designs. Selected styles are also available for purchase.
Master of painting orchirds, Khaw Sia, is having his works featured as part of the SG54 exhibitions. His painting technique, mixing the Chinese brush with English watercolour, is the perfect marriage of East and West. Don't miss the chance to glimpse his stunning projects. Four other local artists are also showcasing their works at the exhibition: Chua Mia Tee, Thang Kiang How, Ren Jian Hui, and the late Fan Chang Tien.
The third edition of The New Now series features 19 up-and-coming artists, most of whom are students and alumni of prominent art institutions across Southeast Asia. The artists were handpicked for their conceptual abilities and invited to respond to the exhibition's theme, drawn from the Japanese idiom ichi-go, ichi-e, which means 'one time, one meeting'. This idea of a fleeting moment in life is represented in every piece of art, created for the 'now' and never to be repeated.
Here’s the perfect excuse to cruise: Marina at Keppel Bay is hosting an exclusive Bicentennial National Day voyage onboard its marine treasure, The Admiral, on August 3 and 9 from 6.30pm to 9.30pm. With a pitstop at the Marina Bay right when the fireworks go off, it's a great alternative to catch the show away from the massive crowds.
Fancy a glass (or five) of wine? Dress to the nines and flounce to Wine Lust. Across the month of August and various award-winning restaurants, this is by far Singapore's largest island-wide wine event. Indulge in the convivial dining experiences while soaking in the anecdotes and knowledge shared by different wine-makers. This year's edition sees the introduction of three new lifestyle destinations – Alkaff Mansion, Riverhouse and Outpost – joining the likes of The Garage, The Summerhouse, Monti, and Stellar at 1-Altitude.
Gather the little ones for The Little Company's take on the Roald Dahl classic, Fantastic Mr Fox. Jam-packed with family-friendly humour and action, the Mandarin musical adaptation follows the brave and clever Mr Fox who outsmarts three villainous farmers with the help of his family and friends.
As the 2018 winner of the UOB Painting of the Year, Khairulddin bin Abdul Wahab is hosting his own solo art exhibition titled Island Story at the UOB Art Gallery. Paying homage to Singapore's early history, the showcase references local folklore heroes such as Badang the Magnificent, as well as historical figures such as famed Chinese explorer Zheng He. Drop by the gallery to witness his unique layered painting technique that brings the subjects to life.
Poor Imagination is a group exhibition curated by Rafi Abdullah, featuring the works of artists Stephanie Comilang (Canada), Agan Harahap (Indonesia) and locals Fyerool Darma and Tristan Lim, just to name a few. The exhibition borrows its title from the term 'poor image', coined by artist-writer Hito Steyeri to describe an easily accessible image that deteriorates in quality the more it is distributed. Works in this exhibition embody this concept in a variety of mediums that include ceramic, paint, photographic print and new-media.
Look forward to an art and culture focused weekend at the Asian Civilisations Museum. Wander through special exhibition Guo Pei: Chinese Art and Couture for inspiration, then create your own pouch with designs from Chinese art. Also, make sure to sit in the interactive drama performance to gain knowledge of the spread of Chinese art to the rest of the world.
Strap in for a magic carpet ride to a whole new world this July. The hit Broadway musical Aladdin is landing at Marina Bay Sands with a chest full of the music, glittering costumes and jaw-dropping sets to recreate the fantasy city of Agrabah. Sing along to show-stopping musical numbers like A Whole New World and seven new songs that'll keep you entranced all the way through to its happily-ever-after ending. There's no doubt it's going to be shining, shimmering, splendid.
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.
Raised in Taiwan, Singapore-born artist and researcher Benedict Yu explores the concept of home by showcasing his birthplace and his struggles with homesickness. As part of the exhibition, SPRMRKT has also created the artist-inspired Lion Head Meatball ($12.90). Order the dish made with Chinese mushroom, minced pork and cabbage simmered in a rich pork and tea broth while you soak in the beauty of Yu's art.
Check out Siah Armajani's first institutional exhibition in Asia. Inspired by democratic ideals and American vernacular architecture, this Iranian-born artist's sculptures, drawings and public installations dwell on principles like 'nobility of usefulness' and 'art on a civic scale'. Don't miss highlights which include the large-scale installation Sacco & Vanzetti Reading Room #3 (1988), the Tomb series drawings and models, and a film programme developed by film scholar and curator Dr Marc Glöde, which expands on Armajani’s early experimental films from 1970.
Contemplate the state of humanity and the role of art in creating possibilities for freedom via Thai artist Tawan Wattuya's debut solo showcase. The exhibition displays a selection of the artist's watercolour paintings that highlights his perspectives on global socio-political issues as well as his personal reflections on society. Spot various human figures ranging from political figures, pop culture icons, soldiers, extremists, and sex workers while you're at it.
From printmaking traditions, textures of graffiti and neon signages to hypnotically seamless wallpapers and digital moving images, explore Takashi Murakami's dynamic artistic expression at this milestone solo exhibition. Focusing on the link between the 'Superflat' theory and iconography which launched his global career to a recent examination of the recessive realism of Japan's economic bubble crisis, coined 'Bubblewrap', be one of the first to marvel at his range of exciting and never-before-seen works.
Experience the opulence and reverence of tradition and heritage as 29 stunning embroidered masterworks by China's foremost couturière, Guo Pei, awaits you at this exhibition. On display are her dramatic, sculptural gowns reflecting influences from growing up in Beijing surrounded by Chinese imperial art and mythology, as well as expressing her personal take on contemporary fashion and aesthetics. As this exhibition showcases a dialogue between historical and contemporary Chinese design, you can expect Guo Pei's creations to be juxtaposed with 20 Chinese art pieces in the Asian Civilisations Museum's collection too.
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.
Travel back in time to the Cretaceous period and solve the mystery behind the elusive Australian polar dinosaurs. Get your little paleontologist started at seven thematic, multi-sensorial zones, introducing the science of fossilisation. Engage with everything from holographic mapping to augmented and virtual reality environments.
Take the kiddos on an art adventure through National Gallery Singapore. This year’s Children’s Biennale features 11 interactive artworks by local and international artists. Let your little hitmakers create their very own tunes at Chance Operations or embark on an experiential journey across time and space at Stardust: Soaring Through the Sky’s Embrace.
Enliven your Orchard experience with an all-new roving pop-up concept, NAO (Night at Orchard). Happening every first weekend of the month along the stretch between ION Orchard and Ngee Ann City, expect a showcase of talents across fashion, arts, dining, and music. Highlights include culinary offerings by popular brands like Old Chang Kee and Michelin-starred restaurant Shisen Hanten by Chen Kentaro, shopping options with the likes of up-and-coming brands such as oasis:skin and Indigo Culture, and busking performances from NoonTalk artiste Gavin Teo, One Moment of Glory winner Jill-Marie Thomas, and popular indie acts like Codie Loh, Raphael Leong and Yeo Ming Jun.
Stop and smell the beautiful orchids like Phalaenopsis bellina and Maxillaria tenuifolia at Gardens by the Bay's newest orchid display in the Cloud Forest, Scentsational Orchids. Learn about the different scent each type produces, and take in the sweet and intense fragrance of the massive floral display.
Delve into the world of food packaging in Singapore, dating from the early bottling and canning factories in the late 19th to early 20th centuries to the light industries in the 60's and 70's when food was manufactured in factories. Prepare to feel a sense of nostalgia as the kid-friendly exhibition showcases old-school products, tracing the evolution of packaging technologies and the design identities of local food brands. Kids can have a go at the interactive points where they can learn about eco-friendly practices. With rich artifact collections and compelling tales from key players who have helped shaped Singapore's complex food packaging history, ranging from producers and designers to retailers and consumers, the exhibition also explores the future of packaging and how we can reduce our environmental footprint.
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.
Fall down the rabbit hole at ArtScience Museum’s latest exhibition. Immerse yourself in this playful and interactive exhibition based on Lewis Carroll’s timeless story of Alice and her adventure through Wonderland. Developed by the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (AMCI), this immersive showcase makes Singapore its first stop as part of its global tour. Suitable for all ages, it invites visitors and families alike to take a trip through the looking glass into the enchanted world.
Take a glimpse into what a Peranakan family’s domestic life was back in the 20th century at this eye-opening exhibition by NUS Baba House. The Baba House was established as a conservation project with the intention of mobilising research and study into a range of disciplines. Teaming up with the Peranakan Association of Singapore, this project has since afforded a range of perspectives relating to the building’s history. The interpretative display on the first and second floors is showcased as an identifiably Peranakan home with artefacts that typify early 20th century Straits Chinese materials and social histories, as well as the contemporary perspectives that may complicate them. This exhibition brings together artefacts, artworks, video and audio recordings, and textual sources that examine the myriad ways in which the Peranakan identity is constructed.
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.
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, along with 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 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.
For a night of drinking, dining and dancing by the beach, look no further than this exciting dinner by Michelin-starred chef Nandu Jubany. Held at FOC Sentosa in collaboration with HungryGoWhere, this one-night-only event sees Tanjong Beach transform into a Spanish oasis on August 4 from 6pm to 9pm, just in time for a pre-National Day celebration with a delectable menu cooked up by Chef Nandu Jubany.