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On the Cusp: Early Contemporary Art Activities in Singapore (1976 – 1996), Documentation from the Koh Nguang How Archive Collection

Singaporean artist and archivist Koh Nguang How has curated a presentation based on his time as a curatorial assistant at the National Museum Art Gallery (NMAG) from October 1985 to February 1992. In fact, it was this seven-year stint at the NMAG that sparked his interest in archiving art activities in Singapore.

His extensive collection of archives is one of the most comprehensive in Singapore, and at the SAM Curve, we’ll get to see two perspectives of Singapore’s art scene during the early contemporary and contemporary days as the NMAG and Singapore Art Museum were being established.

Address
SAM Curve, Singapore Art Museum, 71 Bras Basah Road, Singapore 188555
Start Date
February 1, 2018
End Date
March 18, 2018
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Brilliant Hues: The Power of Red and Gold

Red and gold are colours long been used by mankind to depict many emotions. The former, which has been seen in prehistoric cave paintings, symbolises life, passion, love, hate and energy all in one. The latter is the shade we associate with luxury, power and wealth. Come Chinese New Year, Opera Gallery has curated over 30 art pieces from creatives around the world that showcase the two aforementioned colours in all their glory.

Address
Opera Gallery, ION Orchard, 2 Orchard Turn, #02-16, Singapore 238801
Start Date
February 9, 2018
End Date
February 25, 2018
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Songs of a Beached Whale by Wilfred Lim

Singaporean-born photographer Wilfred Lim explores the effects of societal and environmental upheavals in his first-ever solo exhibition. He drew inspiration from his father, a fisherman hailing from southern Malaysia who saw firsthand the damage a petrochemical project caused to his community. The forced displacement of the town’s natives, environmental pollution and eventual destruction of the community led to Lim wanting to raise awareness of the effects of capitalism in society.

Address
The Arts House, Living Room, Gallery II, 1 Old Parliament Lane, Singapore 179429
Website
Start Date
January 26, 2018
End Date
February 28, 2018
4
Nyanyi Sunyi (Songs of Solitude)

We talk so much about supporting local artists, and now is the time to live up to our words. The works of six young up and coming artists – Hilmi Johandi, Izzad Radzali Shah, Khairulddin Wahab, Kin Chui, Nadiah Alsagoff and Rifqi Amirul – were curated by Kamiliah Bahdar and Syaheedah Iskandar and titled after a poetry collection from 1937 by Amir Hamzah.

Address
Block 47, Gillman Barracks, #01-25, Singapore 109444
Website
Start Date
February 5, 2018
End Date
February 25, 2018
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A Study in Southeast Asian Artworks

Following the hit exhibition ‘Land Before Our Time’ last year, ‘A Study in Southeast Asian Artworks’ is a showcase of artworks from private collections of intricate and diverse works produced around the region. It is a much-needed departure from the other contemporary works and curations that we have seen on display since the contemporary movement became a thing.

Address
The Ngee Ann Kongsi Galleries 1 & 2, NAFA Campus 1, 80 Bencoolen Street, Singapore 189655
Website
Start Date
February 8, 2018
End Date
March 14, 2018
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