This past month has been a particularly great one for art lovers. There was the Game of Thrones pencil sculpture show — where we witnessed the likes of White Walkers and Drogon the Dragon carved into lead — and the launch of the technology-centric Human+: The Future of Our Species exhibition at the ArtScience Museum, where we got to see some seriously fascinating robots and installations. The Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre also officially opened its doors with an ongoing showcase of paintings, installations and videos related to traditional Chinese culture.

But June looks set to up the ante even further. The most highly anticipated event is perhaps Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama‘s retrospective presentation on 9 June 2017 at the National Gallery Singapore, where visitors will get to explore her famously beautiful infinity mirror rooms. Kusama’s quirky works run the gamut of paintings, sculptures and installations, and are typically adorned with playful polka dots. In fact, her dots have even crossed over to the fashion world, making their way onto Louis Vuitton bags and X-Girl apparel.

There’s more. On 17 June, Downton Abbey fans will be treated to an exhibition of the hit television series’ costumes, locations and never-before-seen footage. The multi-year show will stop over at Marina Bay Sands, before touring across the US.

To prepare you for next month’s artistic highlights, we’ve put together a list of 6 exhibitions you need to see.

1
Yayoi Kusama: Life is the Heart of a Rainbow

View masterpieces by prominent Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama at this retrospective exhibition, the first major survey of her work in Southeast Asia. The show includes paintings, videos and installations charting her career from the 1950s up till now, as well as including works never displayed before. Kusama’s gorgeous infinity mirror rooms, and iconic nets, dots and pumpkin motifs, will also take centre stage. The exhibition begins on 9 June 2017 and is a collaboration between National Gallery Singapore and Queensland Art Gallery. It closes 3 September.

Singtel Special Exhibition Gallery, National Gallery Singapore, 1 St Andrew’s Road, Singapore 178957

2
Contestation: Mass Openness

Pearl Lam Galleries has launched its second dual-space presentation, this time focusing on works by Chinese artist Gao Weigang and and local artist Francis Ng. The show takes place across its galleries at Gillman Barracks and Dempsey Hill. Gao is known for using a wide range of media — such as painting, sculpture and performance art — in his work, while Ng, a multidisciplinary artist, often focuses on the concept of historical and overlooked spaces. Both exhibitions start on 10 June 2017, with the Dempsey show ending 20 August, and the Gillman Barracks show 30 September.

Pearl Lam Galleries, Dempsey Hill, 15 Dempsey Road, #01-08, Singapore 249675

Pearl Lam Galleries, Gillman Barracks, 9 Lock Road, #03-22, Singapore 108937

3
Memorandum

Indonesian artist Dedy Sufriadi explores philosophical and pop culture texts, as well as cultural and political themes, in his ongoing solo show at Redsea Gallery. The result is a chaotic flurry of colours on canvas, interspersed with cryptic symbols, and words and letters in various languages. Sufriadi specialises in abstract expressionist art, and draws inspiration from his life experiences and past works. His exhibition ends 18 June 2017.

Redsea Gallery, Block 9 Dempsey Road, #01-10 Dempsey Hill, Singapore 247697, +65 6732 6711

4
Downton Abbey: The Exhibition

Presented by NBCUniversal International Studios and Imagine Exhibitions, this travelling exhibition will make a stop in Singapore on 17 June 2017. It features costumes, never-before-seen footage and important moments from Downton Abbey, a popular British television series set in the post-Edwardian era. Visitors will even get to walk through iconic locations in the show, such as the lavish state rooms, servants’ quarters, and the kitchen where Mrs Patmore (the cook at Downton Abbey) works. 

Pre-book your tickets here

Marina Bay Sands, 10 Bayfront Avenue, Singapore 018956

(Photo: Downton Abbey)

5
Panopticon

Ancient libraries, bustling stock exchanges, and landscapes of Florence and Singapore, are immortalised through vivid colours and textures in 27 oil paintings at this ongoing showcase by Italian artist Massimo Giannoni. The exhibition ends 24 September 2017.

Partners & Mucciaccia Gallery, Blk 6 Lock Road, #02-10 Gillman Barracks, Singapore 108934, + 65 6694 3777

6
A Moment in Time

Launched in conjunction with the 36th UOB Painting of the Year competition, this ongoing exhibition features lifelike, classical realism-styled ink sketches and oil paintings by local artist Carey Ngai, who won last year’s edition of the event. The show closes on 24 July 2017.

The UOB Art Gallery, Ground floor, UOB Plaza 1, 80 Raffles Place, Singapore 048624

Sara Yap
Deputy Director, Digital Operations (Asia)
Sara Yap is the Deputy Director of Digital Operations at BurdaLuxury, and a contributing writer to Lifestyle Asia’s dining and jewellery beats. When she’s not on the lookout for exciting new restaurants or bejewelled trinkets, she’s probably buried in a riveting read, or reminiscing the good ol’ days with her favourite playlist of ’90s boyband hits.