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State of Art: 6 exhibitions to explore

March looks set to be a good month for art in Singapore, with several exciting exhibitions popping up around town. The National Gallery Singapore, for instance, has brought in not one but three showcases of Chinese ink paintings, while the ArtScience Museum has added new installations to its existing Future World: Where Art Meets Science exhibition. There is also the newly launched Parkview Museum at Parkview Square — the Gotham City-like building that’s also home to Atlas bar.

Even Hermès has jumped on the creative bandwagon with its quirky window display Smart Objects, which is the brainchild of French contemporary artist Le Gentil Garçon.

To get you started, we’ve put together a guide to exhibitions worth exploring this March, as well as what you can expect to see there.

(Featured image: teamLAB)

1
Chinese ink paintings at National Gallery Singapore

View more than 200 works at the National Gallery Singapore, which has launched three exhibitions dedicated to Chinese ink paintings. Rediscovering Treasures: Ink Art from the Xiu Hai Lou Collection focuses on rare art pieces from a Singapore collection, while Wu Guanzhong: A Walk Through Nature features creations by renowned Chinese painter Wu Guanzhong. Over at Strokes of Life: The Art of Chen Chong Swee, guests will get to admire some of Singaporean artist Chen Chong Swee’s earliest works. All three exhibitions will end 4 December.

Wu Guanzhong Gallery and Level 4 Gallery, City Hall Wing, National Gallery Singapore, 1 St. Andrew’s Rd, Singapore 178957, +65 6271 7000

2
On Sharks and Humanity at Parkview Museum

Shark protection and ocean conservation take centre stage at this travelling art exhibition at the newly opened Parkview Museum. The presentation features various art mediums spanning paintings, films, sculptures and installations, and its exhibitors include visual artist Robert Zhao Renhui and filmmaker Royston Tan. It ends 26 June.

Parkview Museum, Parkview Square, Level 3, 600 North Bridge Road, Singapore 188778

3
Smart Objects at Hermès
The next time you’re in Orchard Road, don’t forget to look into the window of Hermès Liat Towers, where a sculpture of a schematic human head is displayed. The installation is created by French contemporary artist Le Gentil Garçon, and draws inspiration from busts used in the pseudomedical study of phrenology (which believes that different parts of the brain have specific functions). An Hermès object is placed in each “cell” of the head. The installation launches 17 March and ends in June.
Hermès, Liat Towers, #01-02A, 541 Orchard Towers, Singapore 238881, +65 6738 9807
4
Flower Fields and Landscapes at REDSEA Gallery

Chinese contemporary artist Zhuang Hong Yi’s latest solo exhibition showcases a series of beautiful flower beds, all of which are composed with pieces of painted rice paper that have been folded into tiny buds. Guests can also expect to see a range of sculptural pieces and mixed media works. The exhibition ends 17 April.

REDSEA Gallery, Block 9 Dempsey Road, #01-10 Dempsey Hill, Singapore 247697, +65 6732 6711

5
Oh Soon-Hwa: Coastal Regions (Delta) at The Private Museum

Singapore-based photographer Oh Soon-Hwa’s second solo show here highlights the impacts of climate change on the Mekong Delta area in Vietnam. From droughts to salt intrusions and soil erosion, the landscapes of coastal regions such as An Giang, Ca Mau and Can Tho have undergone dramatic changes in recent years. The exhibition runs till 14 May.

The Private Museum, 51 Waterloo Street, #02-06, Singapore 187969

6
Future World: Where Art Meets Science at ArtScience Museum

This permanent exhibition at the ArtScience Museum has added three new art installations to its repertoire. One of these is titled Crows are Chased and the Chasing Crows are Destined to be Chased as well, Transcending Space, and is an immersive audiovisual work depicting digitised crows flying around and leaving colourful flowers in their wake. Another noteworthy installation is Black Waves, which is inspired by the sea and features waves that ebb and flow.

ArtScience Museum, Marina Bay Sands, 6 Bayfront Avenue, Singapore 018974, +65 6688 8888 

(Photo credit: teamLab)

Sara Yap
Deputy Director, Digital Operations (Asia)
Sara Yap is the Deputy Director of Digital Operations at BurdaLuxury, and a contributing writer to Lifestyle Asia’s dining and jewellery beats. When she’s not on the lookout for exciting new restaurants or bejewelled trinkets, she’s probably buried in a riveting read, or reminiscing the good ol’ days with her favourite playlist of ’90s boyband hits.