As Singapore gears up for a fresh slew of art fairs coming up next month, art enthusiasts can still get their culture fix with the latest wave of festivals and exhibitions. This month’s events are encouraging audiences to cast a deeper look into some overlooked topics. Singaporeans will have the chance to look inside some of the most well-designed private residences in the country and step into the shoes of an architect. The history of Singapore is thoroughly covered beyond 1819 (and textbooks) at National Museum of Singapore’s latest exhibition. If you’re looking to keep your weekend on a cheery side, keep a lookout for the list of fun-filled programmes on this year’s Voilah! France Singapore Festival line-up.
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Archifest is back for its 13th edition, this time throwing the spotlight on the ‘behind-the-scenes’ in the making of a stunning landmark. Visitors are encouraged to look through the eyes of an architect and explore the blueprints of Singapore’s architectural icons. These include tours to uniquely-designed private residences, craft workshops and art films on various architectural movements.
Following the overwhelming success of Future World: Where Art Meets Science, the ArtScience Museum has introduced new permanent galleries dedicated to digital artworks by teamLab. Visitors can look forward to City in a Garden, an installation outlining the relationship between people and nature in interactive ways. The exhibition will also see the return of Sketch Aquarium, another popular installation of a digitally-rendered aquatic world where visitors can create two-dimensional sea creatures created on paper and see them come to ‘life’ on screen.
Australian artist Ian de Souza will be showcasing his vibrant and dynamic abstract works at The Private Museum. Titled ‘Clear Light,’ the exhibition focuses on the Eurasian artist’s journey in understanding his heritage and finding new clarity at the end. The exhibition is also a sort of homecoming for De Souza who spent his childhood in colonial Singapore and under the Japanese occupation.
As other shows continue to ride on the Bicentennial wave, the National Museum of Singapore’s latest exhibition goes a little further in presenting the untold stories of Singapore before 1819. The exhibition attempts to unpack European interest in Southeast Asia in the growing international spice trade and maritime travel. It is also a reflection of the mindset of the time: how Europeans saw the region as a new opportunity while local communities continued to thrive in their own way. The exhibition will also feature over 220 artefacts including personal items from Sir Stamford Raffles and William Farquhar and other highlights from the Museum’s own collection and the Rijksmuseum.
The annual Voilah! Festival is back with a more extensive list of programmes celebrating the lasting partnerships between France and Singapore. It is the largest edition of the festival to date, bringing in nearly 50 events showcasing a mix of culture, lifestyle and tourism opportunities. The festival opens on 3rd October with a one-night-only performance by renowned cellist Gautier Capuçon and the Singapore Symphony Orchestra. Following on, those interested can check out other highlights such as The Bear’s Mouth, a whimsical parade staged by French performance group Cie Remue-Ménage at Gardens by the Bay. There’s also the debut of No Taste for Bad Taste, a travelling exhibition showcasing furniture masterpieces from renowned design maestros like Philippe Starck and Jean-Paul Gaultier.