It has been a slow couple of months for Singapore’s art scene, but things are slowly heating up. With the re-opening of Funan Mall, local theatre company Wild Rice finally welcomes its long-awaited performing arts facility. Besides a 358-seater theatre, the new space also boasts rehearsal rooms and a 60-seat performance studio — a much-needed boon for local drama aspirants. For now, as National Day approaches, museums and art galleries are pulling up a variety of shows and exhibitions befitting of the festivity. If you tire of the usual National Day Parade showings, here’s where else to spend some time at.
The Art House’s annual National Day festival is back for its second edition. This time, LumiNation discusses the creation of the ‘Singaporean identity’ with a series of curated programmes and talks. Over the two weeks, audiences can expect a photography exhibition on Haw Par Villa, local film screenings as well as a pop-up bookstore offering a selection of local and regional literature.
As part of its 55th anniversary, SYC Ensemble Singers are belting out a series of songs about love in various forms: from romantic and religious to the filial and familial. The ensemble, led by 2012 Cultural Medallion recipient Ms Jennifer Tham, will also be debuting some local songs as well. A highlight is the premiere of Singaporean composer Dr Emily Koh’s song 'homemade recipe: char kuay' -- a fun musical number dedicated to a passion for fried carrot cake.
Love! Be: Sing
Indonesian artist and printmaker Irfan Hendrian unravels the connection between the advances of technology and paper in his latest exhibition at Aloft at Hermés. Working mainly with paper as his medium, Hendrian creates a series of colourful sculptural pieces and wall works. This eye-opening range of works teases out the many aspects of paper beyond being just canvas. Textural qualities, finishings and thickness of paper add unexpected dimension in his works.
Some Other Matter by Irfan Hendrian
Singaporean art collective Post-Museum presents its first-ever solo exhibtion at Yeo Workshop, featuring a series of previously unexhibited works from past projects. Food, Lions and Zombies is an artistic inquiry of the collective’s trove of works, from their early days to now. The exhibition also sees several notable works by Post-Museum such as Bukit Brown Index (2014), an insightful interactive piece of contested places in Singapore.
Thai artist Arin Rungjang presents a solo exhibition exploring the story of migrant workers around the world. Through interviews with migrant workers, Rungjang pieces together a narrative documenting a real-life incident in which his late father was assaulted by racists while working in Germany. The exhibition is split into three parts, weaving in video works, performances and sound installations around Gillman Barracks.