Art events and exhibitions to go to with the cancellation of Art Stage
Jaws dropped when news broke last week that Art Stage Singapore, deemed one of the country’s major art events, was cancelled this year due to “commercial reasons”, just over a week before its Jan 25 opening. The event was slated to run until Jan 27 at the Marina Bay Sands Expo and Convention Centre, and included 45 exhibitors where 15 of them are from Singapore.
Art Stage Singapore president Lorenzo Rudolf later cited “weak local market” and “unequal competition” as reasons to why the annual event, which once counted China’s Ai Weiwei and Japan’s Takashi Murakami as exhibitors, was abruptly canned.
If you had been looking forward to the art fair and got your tickets ready (don’t worry, you will get refunded), don’t fret. Here are 12 other art events and exhibitions that are happening around the island, which you can go to to fulfil your artistic inclinations.
1. The ARTery Pop-Up by Art Outreach, Marina Bay Sands Expo and Convention Centre — Now to Jan 27
Featuring at least 14 exhibitors that were slated to show at Art Stage Singapore, the ARTery showcase is hosted by non-profit organisation Art Outreach at Hall A of Marina Bay Sands Expo and Convention Centre. You can expect artworks including metal sculptures from Indonesian sculptor Nyoman Nuarta, Banksy’s 2003 original Bomb Love and this painting by Rodel Tapaya. Admission is free and you can get more information from their Facebook page.
Marina Bay Sands Expo and Convention Centre is located at 10 Bayfront Ave, Singapore 018971.
Photo: Facebook/Tang Contemporary Art
2. S.E.A. Focus, Gillman Barracks — Now to Jan 27
Southeast Asian art is brought to the fore at S.E.A. Focus, a boutique art fair brought to us by the STPI. With over 26 galleries that feature artworks from countries like Singapore, the Philippines and Vietnam, the event will be hosted in the style of a pop-up at the visual arts cluster at Gillman Barracks. Keep your eyes out for Singaporean artist Justin Lee’s three laser-cut stainless steel warrior figurines that he had prepared for Art Stage Singapore. More information can be found here while tickets cost upwards of $10 and is available here.
S.E.A. Focus is located at Gillman Barracks, 9 Lock Road, Singapore 108937
3. Lucy Liu and Shubigi Rao: Unhomed Belongings, National Museum of Singapore — Now to Feb 24
Peek into the mind of Asian-American actress Lucy Liu, who is known for her roles in Charlie’s Angels and Elementary. Lucy, who is also a visual artist, will be showing her works together with Singaporean artist Shubigi Rao at an exhibition titled Unhomed Belongings at the Stamford Gallery in the National Museum of Singapore. The two artists use everyday objects — for Lucy, it’s discarded objects and books — to examine how cultures, history and identities interplay with each other. Admission is free and more information can be found here.
National Museum of Singapore is at 93 Stamford Rd, Singapore 178897.
4: In an Instant: Polaroid at the Intersection of Art and Technology, National Museum of Singapore — Now to March 31
We’ve all probably heard of the Polaroid, an instant camera that was created in the late 1940s by Edwin Land that allows the captured instance to be immediately printed to a photo. The exhibition looks at the birth of instant photography and how it has evolved and impacted people, while exploring how today’s social media experience parallels the experience that Polaroid had afforded. The showcase is held at the Exhibition Gallery 2 at the basement of the National Museum of Singapore. Tickets are from $10 (for Frank by OCBC cardholders). Head to National Museum website for more information.
National Museum of Singapore is at 93 Stamford Rd, Singapore 178897.
5. Minimalism: Space Light. Object., National Gallery Singapore — Now to April 14
A pile of sunflower seeds. A larger-than-life barbed-wire cube hanging from the ceiling. A darkened room, dimly lit by LED lights. These are some of the cool stuff you can see at Minimalism: Space Light. Object, which features the works of over 70 artists such as Mark Rothko, Tatsuo Miyajima, Donald Judd, Anish Kapoor and Ai Weiwei. The show traces the history of minimalism in art and how it has evolved since. There are daily guided tours in English at 2pm and Mandarin tours at 11am, Friday to Sunday. Find out more here and admission is free for Singaporeans and PRs.
National Gallery is located at 1 St Andrew’s Rd, Singapore 178957.
6.IMPART Collectors’ Show 2019: Fabulous Monsters, ArtScience Museum — Jan 17 to Feb 2
Photo: Art Outreach Singapore
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For an afternoon of thoughtful reflection, consider this exhibition, that aims to explore the issues that arise from socio-political tensions and conflicts. Expect visually arresting works of Asian contemporary art from private collectors, such as a life-sized sculpture of Adam and Eve in stainless steel chrome finish by Jahan Loh, which is on loan from Taiwanese superstar Jay Chou’s private art collection. There are also public symposiums and public tours, if you want to get greater insight into the pieces and Southeast Asian art. Admission is free and more information can be found at the ArtScience Museum website.
ArtScience Museum is located at 6 Bayfront Ave, Singapore 018974.
7. Playing Time & Space, Intersections Gallery — Jan 17 to Feb 21
Held at the Intersections Gallery, the Playing Time & Space exhibition showcases the works of three young Myanmar artists, Wunna Aung, Thu Myat and Kyaw Moe Khine (alias Bart Was Not Here) who have been actively involved in the Yangon street art scene. The artists use pop-art and mural techniques to exemplify their disenchantment and disillusionment with the constant political changes in the country. One of the art pieces by Thu Myat, for example, feature a cherubic young girl holding up a rifle with the words “Welcome to Yangon”. Admission is free and the gallery is opened from Wednesday to Sunday, 2 to 7 p.m. Visit the Intersections Gallery website for more information.
Intersections Gallery is located at 34 Kandahar St, Singapore 198892.
8. Mind(less) Wilderness, Miaja Gallery — Jan 17 to Mar 1
What happens when a seemingly limitless mind is bogged down by complacency and familiarity? Using objects such as seeds with paper that are encased in resin and intertwined with threads of cloth, Singapore-based artist Nandita Mukand explores how today’s urban life is interconnected while mourning the contemporary belief systems that restrict one’s true potential. Admission is free and you can get more information from here.
Miaja Gallery is located at 9 Muthuraman Chetty Rd, APS Building, Singapore 238931.
9. Domestication II by Su-En Wong, Art Porters Gallery — Jan 17 to March 17
Photo: Facebook/Art Potters Gallery
Created by Singapore-born, New York-based artist Su-En Wong, Domestication II continues from the first series that debuted in Singapore Art Fair in 2014 and explores the relationship between power and vulnerability, and assimilation and identity. Using the notion of the self as the other, Wong uses herself — either in adolescence or in nudity — as a motif to parody and question the stereotypes imposed on Asian women. The exhibition is M18 and will be held at Art Porters Gallery and admission is free.
Art Porters Gallery is located at 64 Spottiswoode Park Rd, Singapore 088652.
10: Light to Night Festival, Civic District and Marina Bay — Jan 18 to Feb 24
The Light to Night Festival returns and promises a fun-filled six-week-long event that is filled with activities for all ages. From art trails and exhibitions, to live music, comedy shows and a food village, the festival’s highlight has got to be the facade light show, Art Skins on Monuments, where images created by artists, illustrators and multimedia designers are projected on the facades of iconic buildings in the Civic District. This year, the festival is a two-part series and will be held from Jan 18 to 27 (in conjunction with Singapore Art Week) and Jan 28 to Feb 24 (the Bicentennial Edition). Find out more about the line-up here. Admission is free. For more information, visit here.
11: Chloë Manaseh’s The Fruitfulness of Forgetting, Eden Hall — Jan 21 to May 21
Photo: Facebook/Art Porters Gallery
Memory and recollection can be fuzzy and inaccurate, and it is this imperfect quality that Singapore-based, London-born artist Chloë Manasseh explores in The Fruifulness of Forgetting exhibition at Eden Hall. Commissioned by the British High Commission to create a series of works inspired by the design of Eden Hall — which is the historical bungalow where her grandfather was born, now the residence of the High Commissioner — and the natural environment of Singapore, Chloë also looks into how physical spaces are built from imagination and how meaning is attached to these spaces. The exhibition is free and open to public only on three days — Feb 26, March 21 and April 23 — and you need to pre-register your slot at email@example.com.
Eden Hall is located at 28 Nassim Rd, Singapore 258403.
12. iLight Singapore Bicentennial Edition, Several Locations — Jan 28 to Feb 24
Trust us, you’ll want to get your cameras ready to capture how the ArtScience Museum transforms into a lighthouse or how the Helix Bridge becomes a shimmering wonder at this year’s iLight Singapore. This sustainable light festival also celebrates Singapore’s bicentennial anniversary with exhibitions across the Civic District, Marina Bay, Singapore River and Raffles Terrace. Admission is free. Head on over to iLight’s website for the full event rundown.