We’ve not quite reached Phase 3 of Singapore’s re-opening yet, but that doesn’t mean your October has to be a dull one.

In fact, just like in a regular October, there are a wealth of art exhibitions worth checking out. That includes National Museum of Singapore’s online showcase for Novel Ways of Being, which kicked off last month. Just as thought-provoking is Sundaram Tagore Gallery’s new exhibition on beauty and nature, featuring the likes of world-renowned photographer Steve McCurry.

This month is also one of beginnings, especially for Cuturi Gallery and Hatch Art Project; both are celebrating their new gallery spaces with exhibitions on contemporary Asian art. And if you’re bummed about Halloween Horror Nights being cancelled this year, ArtScience Museum has a series of screenings that are guaranteed to make your spine tingle. (If not, they’re still a lot more worth your time than whatever horror film remake Hollywood has in store this year.)

Below, check out our list of must-see exhibitions in Singapore this October.

Header photo credit: Natisa Jones, courtesy of Hatch Art Project

1
#NEVERBEFORESG

As part of Novel Ways of Being — an islandwide art initiative exploring how the pandemic has affected us — National Museum of Singapore is presenting the online exhibition, #NEVERBEFORESG. On view are 139 artworks, curated by designer Yang Derong, that reflect the impact of COVID-19 and the possibilities of a post-pandemic future. The massive exhibition is split into nine chapters, encompassing different creative disciplines like photography, film, architecture, fashion, industrial design and even video games.

(Photo credit: Donn Koh, courtesy of National Museum of Singapore)

Website
Starts
5 October 2020
2
Inherent Beauty: Photographers Who Change How We See The World

For those itching to travel, you’ll find Sundaram Tagore Gallery’s new exhibition especially enticing. “Inherent Beauty” presents compelling photographs that have been captured around the world, from the vast rice plantations of China to the historic City Palace of Udaipur, India. The works, both old and new, are taken by six acclaimed photographers, namely Steve McCurry, Sebastião Salgado, Karen Knorr, Lalla Essaydi, Robert Polidori and Edward Burtynsky. Together, their works hold a mirror to the state of our environment, as well as the social issues that plague us.

(Photo credit: Karen Knorr, courtesy of Sundaram Tagore Gallery)

Address
5 Lock Road, Singapore 108933
Starts
9 October 2020
Ends
21 November 2020
3
ArtScience on Scream: Horror, Expressionism & The Moving Image

On the month of Halloween, the ArtScience Museum is celebrating 100 years of horror films — with the very first one. That is, “The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari”, the 1920 surrealist cult film that will be screened at the museum in all its digitally restored glory. The museum will also trace the film’s influence on arthouse cinema, especially in a series of lesser-known short films of David Lynch, shot before he became one of cinema’s top horror filmmakers. Intrigued? Make sure to book your tickets beforehand — they’re selling fast.

(Photo credit: ArtScience Museum)

Address
6 Bayfront Ave, Singapore 018974
Starts
10 October 2020
Ends
6 November 2020
4
New Beginnings

Cuturi Gallery, a hub for international and local artists, will be opening its doors at a new space on Aliwal Street. Unlike its old space at Pacific Plaza, the new gallery is much bigger, spreading across three floors that will host artist residencies and exhibitions. The first one, aptly titled “New Beginnings”, will kick off this month and feature the works of 12 emerging artists in Singapore: Aisha Rosli, Delphine Rama, Faris Heizer, Marla Bendini, Mujahid Jalil, Seelan Palay, Casey Tan, Didier Jaba Mathieu, Goh Jia Jie, Masuri Mazlan, Oneal Parbo and Shen Jiaqi. If you’re looking for an exhibition that captures the diversity of the local art scene, this is it.

(Photo credit: Casey Tan, courtesy of Cuturi Gallery)

Address
61 Aliwal Street, Singapore 199937
Starts
17 October 2020
Ends
5 November 2020
5
Between Analog and Digital

As for the art scene of the region at large, Hatch Art Project has unveiled its new space in Tiong Bahru with an exhibition showcasing exactly that. “Between Analog and Digital” features the new works of five contemporary artists in Asia: Gunwoo Shin, Natisa Jones, Reuel Rendon, Iabadiou Piko and Tawan Wattuya. The name of the exhibition also alludes to the the nature of it; the physical exhibition will be followed by a virtual one in the future.

(Photo credit: Hatch Art Project)

Address
7 Yong Siak Street, Singapore 168644
Starts
24 September 2020
Ends
31 October 2020
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Pameyla Cambe is a fashion and jewellery writer who believes that style and substance shouldn't be mutually exclusive. She makes sense of the world through Gothic novels, horror films and music. Lots of music.