Art Stage Singapore (image)
Singapore’s annual visual arts celebration returns January 17 to 28 with over 100 works and experiences.
More than 100 events will transform museums and public spaces around the island in this festival organised by the National Arts Council, Singapore Tourism Board and Singapore Economic Development Board.
Highlights include ARTWALK Little India, where pedestrians can view new murals, listen to music and hear urban legends retold in the lanes around Serangoon Road.
Galleries at Gillman Barracks in Lock Road will showcase new installations. Street artists will transform the ArtScience Museum and Aliwal Arts Centre.
At National Gallery Singapore, viewers can put their stamp on an interactive installation by Thai artist Pinaree Sanpitak or receive a personal concert from an opera singer.
Works from private collections are also out for public viewing in shows at the Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre in Straits Boulevard and through home visits for art collectors organised by art fair Art Stage Singapore.
Go to www.artweek.sg for the full listings of Singapore Art Week 2018.
During most of Singapore Art Week, the exterior of National Gallery Singapore will be transformed by multimedia projections by local artists and illustrators.
Art Skins On Monuments is part of a larger urban art trail in the Civic District and Marina Bay programmed for the gallery’s Light To Night Festival for the art week.
Visitors in the gallery will enjoy intimate, interactive art experiences. In the basement, Thai artist Pinaree Sanpitak has placed 4,000 pillows with strings attached. Viewers can tie them together to make furniture or any creations they imagine.
LIGHT TO NIGHT FESTIVAL: COLOUR SENSATIONS
WHERE: Civic District and Marina Bay, various locations
WHEN: Jan 19 to 28, various timings
NEXT: Street Art in ArtScience Museum →
Singaporean artist Farizwan Fajari felt tremors of guilt while painting an SBS bus for the ArtScience Museum’s upcoming exhibition of street art. “I knew we had permission to do this, but I was still nervous,” says the 38-year-old, who signs his work as “Speak Cryptic”.
His nervousness stems from the odd space street art occupies in most cities. In Singapore, graffiti is illegal, even as more and more street art and wall murals are being commissioned by shops and the state.
This tension between street art and institutions is explored in Art From The Streets, an exhibition at the ArtScience Museum from Jan 13 to June 3.
Curated by Parisian gallerist Magda Danysz, Art From The Streets presents work from big-name artists Banksy and Obey (or Shepard Fairey). Eleven artists, including Speak Cryptic, Singapore-Australia duo Sheryo and Yok and Spain’s Felipe Pantone, will also paint, stencil and build installations in the museum’s nine gallery spaces on level three.
Ms. Honor Harger, executive director of ArtScience Museum, says the gallery walls will be spray-painted with aerosols and other paints. “Visitors will see a very different side of ArtScience Museum by the time we open.”
ART FROM THE STREETS
WHERE: ArtScience Museum, 6 Bayfront Avenue
WHEN: Jan 13 to June 3, 10am to 7pm
ADMISSION: Ticketed, go to www.marinabaysands.com/museum.html for details.
NEXT: Singaporean Solos at Gillman Barracks →
Twelve galleries at Gillman Barracks are launching new exhibitions in time for Singapore Art Week.
Three are solos from major Singaporean artists, including Dawn Ng, known for her giant inflatable rabbit installation Walter, seen around Singapore from 2010 to 2013; and Charles Lim (right), the first Singaporean to win an award at the Venice Film Festival in 2011. Photo and video artist Sarah Choo Jing, whose Art Of The Rehearsal media installation runs at the National Museum until Dec 10, also has a solo show opening at Yeo Workshop in Gillman Barracks on Jan 19.
Lim, 44, also represented Singapore in the 2015 Venice Biennale with Sea State, part of a long series which explores Singapore’s waterways, land use and relationship with the sea. His exhibition at Gillman Barracks, organised by Future Perfect gallery from Jan 17 to 28, is the final chapter of the project. Sea State 9: Proclamation looks at what Lim calls “the state magic ritual” of transforming sea into land.
Aerial footage captured by drones off the western edge of Singapore shows dazzling seconds of sand being poured into the sea and segues into new construction on reclaimed land in Punggol.
SEA STATE 9: PROCLAMATION
WHERE: 47 Malan Road, 01-25
WHEN: Jan 17 to 28, noon to 6pm (Wednesdays to Saturdays)
WHERE: Chan + Hori Contemporary, 6 Lock Road
WHEN: Jan 17 to Feb 22, 11am to 7pm (Tuesdays to Sundays), closed on Mondays and public holidays
NEXT: Art Stage Singapore →
The eighth edition of this annual art fair is scheduled to feature nearly 100 regional and international galleries at press time. This year, the spotlight is on Thai artists and there is an exhibition of work for sale from Colombian figurative artist and sculptor Fernando Botero, whose bird sculpture stands outside Raffles Place MRT.
Where: Halls A to C, Level 1 Sands Expo & Convention Centre, 1 Bayfront Avenue
When: Jan 26, noon to 9pm; Jan 27, 11am to 7pm; Jan 28, 11am to 6pm
Admission: $32 for one-day pass, $52 for three-day pass, from entertainment.marinabaysands.com/events/artstage0118
NEXT: M.A.T.A.S. & Aliwal Urban Art Festival →
Urban art collective RSCLS and artist Ryf Zaini create interactive street art in Make A Terrific Artwork Someday (M.A.T.A.S.), a tongue-in-cheek commentary on the relevance of this art form. On Jan 20, RSCLS will host street art tours as part of the Aliwal Urban Art Festival. On that day, Aliwal Street will be closed to vehicular traffic for a giant street party.
Where: Aliwal Arts Centre, 28 Aliwal Street
When: M.A.T.A.S. from Jan 17 to Feb 11; 2 to 9pm (weekdays), 11am to 8pm (weekends). Festival on Jan 20, 5 to 11pm, with tours by RSCLS at 5.30 and 6.30pm
NEXT: Art Stage Singapore →
Indonesian and Singaporean artworks from two private collections are on display in this show from non-profit educational organisation Art Outreach. It is curated by artist and curator Kamiliah Bahdar. Look out for pieces by Singapore’s Tang Da Wu and Cheong Soo Pieng and Indonesia’s Popo Iskandar.
Where: Gallery, Level 2 Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre, 1 Straits Boulevard
When: Jan 17 to 28, 10am to 8pm. Public tours on Jan 20, 21, 27 and 28, various timings
Admission: Free. Register for tours at artoutreachsingapore.peatix.com.
NEXT: Murals, Tours and Performances in Little India →
ARTWALK Little India will be held from January 17 to 28 and is meant to bring to life the history and traditions of Little India, as well as the personal stories of its community. It was first held in 2015 as part of Singapore Art Week and last year featured 17 artworks which attracted 140,000 visitors.
This year, it will have eight new murals at various locations in and around Serangoon Road. There will also be film screenings and performances of music and theatre at various locations.
Walking tours will start from Clive Street. There will be workshops on yoga, making traditional puppets and the decorative art of rangoli.
ARTWALK LITTLE INDIA
WHERE: Various locations in Little India
WHEN: January 18 to 27
ADMISSION: Walking tours and some performances are free with registration. Go to artwalklittleindia.sg for updates and tickets to workshops.
NEXT: Interactive Experiences at National Gallery →
By Akshita Nanda, The Straits Times, January 2, 2018
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