During this relatively quiet period, museums are gearing up for a slew of new exhibitions for the upcoming June holiday season. Others are taking time to freshen up their space for a new look and change in their outlook.
Just as it is kickstarting renovations, the Singapore Art Museum has been leading a small travelling exhibition around Singapore. The Peranakan Museum, just a few minutes away, is also undergoing a metamorphosis. But while we are slowly counting down the days to its re-opening (two years more!), there’s a new place in town serving as a new herald of Straits Chinese heritage.
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It’ll be a while before the Peranakan Museum is back in action. For now, locals and tourists alike can explore Straits Chinese history through The Peranakan Gallery. The recently-launched show space in Orchard Road details over 500 years of heritage with its display of traditional furnishings and fashion. One of the highlights here is an elaborate 20-seater Tok Panjang table that’s set with Nyonya ceramics, Chinese porcelain and Western crystalware. Visitors can complete their cultural experience with a feast at the gallery’s adjoining restaurant, The Peranakan.
The popular exhibition by the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) made its first global stop at Marina Bay Sands. As its name suggests, this interactive show is based on Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. But it is more than just bringing a story to life through theatrical sets and audiovisual works. Wonderland explores the origins of Lewis Carroll’s 1865 novel and the massive influence it has on modern culture since. Over 300 artefacts, including first edition books, original costumes, films and puppetry are featured here.
In celebration of its 25th anniversary, the renowned Opera Gallery dedicated its latest exhibition to the forefathers of modern American art. More than S$60 million worth of artworks is featured here, with highlights including silkscreen prints by Andy Warhol and Jean-Michel Basquiat’s graffiti canvas works. It is also a good opportunity for those unfamiliar with the movement to explore the innovative works of other art revolutionaries like Sol LeWitt and Alx Katz.
National Gallery Singapore is freshening up its Ng Teng Fong Roof Garden Commission Series with a ‘living’ art installation by renowned local artist Charles Lim Yi Yong. This installation is Lim’s first foray in spatial work and also serves as a continuation to his SEA STATE project, which explores Singapore’s ever-changing physical landscape from land reclamation. Here, proclamation garden is envisioned as a social space for discussion as visitors explore lesser-known plant species gathered from reclaimed areas such as Changi, Tuas and the Southern Islands. The project evolves as the plants grow across the Gallery’s rooftop.
This group exhibition draws in on the art of printmaking that has evolved across different mediums beyond paper and canvas. Local and international artists were invited to revisit the history of printing as well as to explore print’s relevance in the digital age, science and spirituality. The artists’ visual works offer symbolic cues to the journey of printing – from the times before and after the invention of the Gutenberg printing machine, and how the printed matter has changed or affected the human condition.