Between Dale Chihuly’s major garden exhibition at Gardens by the Bay, and the Asia Japan Art Biennale, there’s plenty of places to get your dose of art and culture this month.
One exhibition worth noting in your calendars is “Soul of Ink: Lim Tze Peng at 100”, which features the eponymous artist’s latest series of calligraphy paintings. Held at The Arts House, the exhibition makes clear that the 99-year-old has lost none of his passion and curiosity for the medium of Chinese ink painting.
At Asian Civilisations Museum, Edo-era Japan is in the spotlight. A new double-bill exhibition is showcasing over a hundred woodblock paintings from Japanese masters, including the artist behind “The Great Wave”. Elsewhere in Singapore, artists and photographers are focusing their lens on our present realities, tackling questions about the female identity and mental illness through their work.
See what else is in store on the Singapore arts circuit this June.
Photo credit: “The Fifth Month” (1855) by Utagawa Kunisada II, courtesy of Nakau Collection and Asian Civilisations Museum
You may recall seeing Aisha Rosli’s figurative paintings at April’s group show at Cuturi Gallery. Now, the emerging talent is making a return to the gallery for a duo exhibition with London-based artist Xu Yang. For their showcase, the two draw on their personal histories to depict their unique versions of reality. For Rosli, female characters seem confined within elaborately decorated spaces, while Yang’s Rococo-inspired paintings show doll-like figures through a surreal lens. Given our regression into Phase 2, as well as the limited outlets for self-expression right now, the exhibition is a pretty timely one.
(Photo credit: Cuturi Gallery)
For poetry in the everyday, head to Natee Utarit’s pop-up show at Richard Koh Fine Art. Continuing his exploration of Western painting traditions, the Thai artist’s latest series features scenes from his studio, as well as portraits of people he had crossed paths with before the pandemic. It may sound mundane, but the world in Utarit’s paintings is also one we’d gladly trade our mask-covered reality with in a heartbeat.
(Photo credit: “Waiting” (2021) by Natee Utarit, courtesy of Richard Koh Fine Art)
If you missed out on getting a slot for the Asia Japan Art Biennale, you can still find something similar at the Asian Civilisations Museum. An ongoing double-bill exhibition is showcasing Japanese culture and craftsmanship, both from the past and present. “Life in Edo” features the largest exhibition of woodblock prints (also known as “ukiyo-e”) in Singapore, including those by Utagawa Hiroshige, Kitagawa Utamaro and the artist of “The Great Wave”, Katsushika Hokusai. Another part of the exhibition is centred on the black-and-white photography of Russel Wong, who has spent the last decade documenting the traditions of geishas in Kyoto.
(Photo credit: Asian Civilisations Museum)
Turning 100 is a big enough feat, but legendary local artist Lim Tze Peng can also celebrate his enduring passion for painting. Through the newly published book “Soul of Ink”, the Cultural Medallion awardee’s career is traced from his beginnings as a Chinese ink artist capturing the historic sights of Singapore, through to his explorations with abstract calligraphy. An exhibition of the same name is now on display at The Arts House as well, and it features 20 of Lim’s latest ink works since 2020 — a testament to his devotion to art.
(Photo credit: “Abstract Calligraphy” by Lim Tze Peng, courtesy of The Arts House)
Objectifs is spotlighting the latest recipient of its Objectifs Documentary Award, which supports photographers offering original stories and perspectives in Asia. The recipient in question is emerging Burmese photographer Shwe Wutt Hmon, whose latest series explores mental illness. The trauma, empathy and kinship that goes into caring for a loved one struggling with mental illness is captured through her photographic and mixed media works shown at “Noise and Cloud and Us”.
(Photo credit: Objectifs Gallery)