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State of Art: 5 exhibitions to check out in October

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 2019

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.

Website
Phone
+65 6735 5932
Start Date
September 27, 2019
End Date
October 9, 2019

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City in a Garden at Future World

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.

Address
6 Bayfront Avenue, Singapore 018974
Website
Phone
+65 6688 8888
Price
$18

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Clear Light

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.

Address
51 Waterloo Street, #02-06, Singapore 187969
Website
Phone
+65 6738 2872
Start Date
October 10, 2019
End Date
December 8, 2019

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An Old New World: From the East Indies to the Founding of Singapore, the 1600s–1819

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.

Address
93 Stamford Road, Singapore 1788897
Website
Phone
+65 6332 3659 / 5642
Start Date
September 21, 2019
End Date
March 29, 2020

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Voilah! France Singapore Festival 2019

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.

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Start Date
October 3, 2019
End Date
November 17, 2019
Jasmine Tay
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Jasmine Tay is the dining, culture and jewellery writer. She makes fine silver jewellery and causes mini-explosions in the kitchen when she can't afford fancy dinners. Sometimes she tells people what she thinks about art, and binges on the music of Danzig when they don’t agree.