Earlier in March, Singapore’s art scene lost one of its most influential artists. Leading performance artist Lee Wen passed on after suffering from a lung infection, leaving behind a legacy of works that will continue to inform the art community now and in the future.

The art scene, in the meantime, continues to trudge along. Changes are coming up. As Singapore Art Museum is starting a round of renovations, it has also revealed Dr Eugene Tan, currently National Gallery’s director, as its new director.

Singapore’s Bicentennial celebrations are well underway now, with festivals and events unveiling more stories about the country. Here’s what else to check out this month.

1
Jason Martin: Meta physical

British artist Jason Martin makes a return to STPI with his latest series of work experimenting with print and paper. Martin’s usual medium of abstract painting finds a new expression through his residency at STPI where he was exposed to the nature of printmaking and material qualities. The exhibition sees heavily textured works of his oeuvre merged with embossed relief and paper casting, adding a mountain of possibilities in the exploration of textures and aesthetics.

Address
41 Robertson Quay, Singapore Tyler Print Institute, Singapore 238236
Website
Phone
+65 6336 3663
Start Date
March 23, 2019
End Date
May 4, 2019
2
I Would Prefer Not To Do Anything

Indonesian artist Iqi Qoror is best known for his bleak portraiture paintings in which faces of his subjects are replaced with contrasting swirls of colourful embroidery. These melancholic aesthetics are also very fitting in his latest artistic introspective on life in a digital world for a second solo exhibition in Singapore. Qoror’s suited characters are left in states of weariness and exhaustion in his paintings — a snapshot of the burnout from an ‘overwhelming culture of positivity’ on the web.

Address
8 Marina View, HATCH Art Project, #01-02, Asia Square Tower 1, Singapore 018960
Website
Phone
+65 6244 4086
Start Date
March 21, 2019
End Date
May 16, 2019
3
The Phantom of the Opera

The Tony Award-winning musical is making its way back to Singapore after a six-year absence. The Phantom of the Opera, an adaptation of French novel of the same name, tells the well-known tale of a disfigured musical genius who haunts the depths of the Paris Opera House and falls in love with a young soprano. While it is one of the longest-running musicals in the world, re-runs have never failed to impress audiences. This time, the musical is bringing along a 37-strong international cast complete with a full live orchestra.

Address
4 Bayfront Ave, Sands Theatre, Singapore 018973
Website
Phone
+65 6688 8826
Start Date
April 24, 2019
End Date
May 26, 2019
Price
$75 onwards
4
Planes and Envelopes

UltraSuperNew’s latest exhibition sees the joined forces of two artists, Ginette Chittick and Hazel Lim, working with banal materials such as yarn and paper to create a slew of woven artworks. Here, the artists explore the lines between art, design and craft. These sculptures and wall works are fashioned in a way to retain and highlight the materials’ versatility and forms.

Address
109 Rowell Road, Singapore 208033
Website
Phone
+65 6291 6194
Start Date
March 21, 2019
End Date
April 14, 2019
5
Singapore Heritage Festival

The Singapore Heritage Festival is back for a 16th edition with a month-long series of activities island-wide. The Bicentennial edition takes participants through heritage trails, open houses and performances revealing lesser-known stories of Singapore’s history and heritage. Some of the upcoming tours include a trip to Kranji’s farms and a letterpress workshop in Golden Mile Complex.

Website
Start Date
March 15, 2019
End Date
April 7, 2019
6
SAM Mini Mobile Museum

The Singapore Art Museum is set to start renovations in April. In the meantime, it is rolling out a travelling art exhibition in collaboration with the National Library Board. The Mini Mobile Museum will present a selection of artworks from SAM’s permanent collection ranging from drawings, installations and video works by Southeast Asian artists. It’ll make its first stop at Tampines Regional Library for a month before heading on to Woodlands Regional Library and Jurong Regional Library.

Website
Start Date
April 3, 2019
End Date
August 4, 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.