From the highly anticipated Art Stage Singapore and Singapore Contemporary, to Singapore Art Week — a 12-day visual arts festival, the past month has played host to some of the local art scene’s most prominent events. It also saw the launch of fascinating exhibitions such as Australian sculptor Sam Jinks’ presentation of life-like works, and French artist Agathe de Bailliencourt‘s massive installation at Aloft at Hermès.
Many of these major highlights have since ended, or in the case of Jinks’ and Bailliencourt’s shows, will close in early February. But for art buffs who simply can’t get enough, there’s still the ongoing Singapore Biennale, which ends 26 February. And if you’ve already seen all there is to see at that contemporary art festival, fret not — we’ve put together a list of 5 new exhibitions you probably haven’t visited yet.
Showcasing an assortment of works ranging from Chinese calligraphy to paintings and a digital landscape of a forest — complete with flora and fauna –, these intriguing art shows are worth stopping by. There’s even a presentation of celebrity photographs featuring famed author Michael Ondaatje and Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan. The latter stars in action film Raees, which is currently being screened in cinemas here. The exhibitions are held at various locales including the National Library building, Pearl Lam Galleries, and the National Museum of Singapore, so you can start planning a full-day art trail for the coming weekend.
Renowned photographer Rohit Chawla’s ongoing exhibition at REDSEA Gallery showcases images of India’s Rabari tribe and prominent personalities such as actor Shah Rukh Khan and architect Frank Gehry. A particularly haunting picture is Untitled, which depicts Chinese artist Ai Wei Wei recreating a photo of Syrian infant Alan Kurdi, whose body was found on a beach in 2015 after drowning in the Mediterranean Sea en route to Europe. The exhibition ends 19 February.
REDSEA Gallery, Block 9, Dempsey Road, #01-10 Dempsey Hill, Singapore 247697
Held across Pearl Lam Galleries’ two spaces in Gillman Barracks and Dempsey Hill, this exhibition by Chinese painter Zhu Jinshi presents over 20 of his works. Zhu is known for his signature style of using many layers of paint to create three-dimensional installations. The show closes on 5 March at Dempsey Hill, and 31 April at Gillman Barracks.
Pearl Lam Galleries, 15 Dempsey Road #01-08, Dempsey Hill, Singapore 249675
Pearl Lam Galleries, 9 Lock Road, #03-22, Gillman Barracks, Singapore 108937
View some 19 Chinese calligraphy works by Chinese artists Wang Dongling, Guan Jun, Wei Ligang, Sun Xiaoyun and Wang Tiande, at this exhibition at The Private Museum. Guests can look forward to examining the diverse calligraphy styles favoured by each artist. The show ends 12 March.
The Private Museum, 51 Waterloo Street, #02-06, Singapore 187969, +65 6738 2872
This show at the National Library features over 100 art works, writings and sketches by multidisciplinary artist Tan Swie Hian. Highlights include The Nelson Mandela Unity Series (pictured), a collage of paintings depicting Nelson Mandela’s hands and arms breaking free, and A Couple (see main image) — a colourful painting based on a picture of Singapore’s late founding father Lee Kuan Yew and his wife, Madam Kwa Geok Choo. The exhibition ends 23 April.
National Library Building, Level 10 Gallery, 100 Victoria Street, Singapore 188064
Following two years of renovations, the National Museum of Singapore’s Glass Rotunda is now equipped with two permanent installations: A digital landscape titled Story of the Forest (pictured), and Singapore, Very Old Tree — a collection of images by local shutterbug Robert Zhao. The former is created by teamLAB, and features a digital rainforest filled with interactive flora and fauna, while the latter is inspired by postcards of an old tree dating back to 1904.
Glass Rotunda, Level 2, National Museum of Singapore, 93 Stamford Road, Singapore 178897, +65 6332 3659