Singapore Night Festival went out with a bang. Last weekend saw a stunning array of interactive artworks lighting up the Bras Basah district, showcasing the best of local and international artists and drawing in large crowds of art enthusiasts. The local art scene is no doubt heating up again and signalling that is the comeback of art fairs.
Bank Art Fair is unveiling its fifth edition in Singapore, where visitors can view art pieces housed in suites at the Shangri-La Hotel. Affordable Art Fair will also be coming back soon next month, showcasing new works from the fair’s Young Talent Programme ontop of well-priced works.
Or if you’re up for some good screenings, head over to the inaugural Nordic Film Festival. The event, hosted by the Swedish Embassy, will put on show some popular Swedish movies at The Projector — something different from the usual blockbusters.
Award-winning Belgian photographer Antoine Rose makes his first solo exhibition in Asia, featuring his iconic aerial photos. Rose’s pictures typically featuring crowded beaches and spaces, reduced into blocks and spots of colours. Instead of using drones the photographer insists on going up on a helicopter to snap his pictures — a task that requires much coordination and steady hands. Here, Mazel Galerie is also including his latest pictures from Japan, United States, Italy, Switzerland and Sweden.
The colourful history of City Hall comes to life in a series of multimedia installations around National Gallery Singapore. The national monument has been a key site to Singapore’s modern history: having served as a bomb shelter during the Japanese Occupation and the Public Complaints Bureau. Visitors are guided through various interactive stations where they can learn more about the building’s storied history and its latest transformation into becoming the country’s leading art museum.
The Singapore Bank Art Fair is back with its fifth edition, exhibiting at Shangri-La Hotel Singapore. This time the fair will be presenting a bigger selection of galleries, showcasing works from 200 established and emerging artists from over 10 countries. Like previous editions, all works will be displayed in Shangri-La Hotel’s rooms allowing a more intimate experience between art collectors and gallery owners as well.
Maybank Foundation pays homage to Southeast Asia’s weaving heritage with a refreshing breadth of work by six contemporary artists. The exhibition, curated by Chan + Hori Contemporary, features the results of an art programme that saw these artists visiting traditional artisans in rural parts of Indonesia, Cambodia, Laos and Malaysia. Each artist’s work, ranging from sculpture to textile, sees inspiration from the craft. Entwine also shares a glimpse into the traditional craft as well.
The inaugural Migrant Workers Photography Festival offers a unique insight into the artistic talents of foreign workers in Singapore. The exhibition is themed ‘Life in Singapore’, showcasing 12 short-listed images from over 100 submissions based on three categories: landscape and nature, people and culture, places and architecture. Works shown aren’t just artistic, but also reflective of foreign worker’s view of Singapore. Winning works will be announced on 10 September.
Opera Gallery’s latest Master Exhibition revolves around seminal works from influential artists of the late 19th to the 20th century the likes of Dali, Renoir and Picasso. The highlight of this exhibition, appropriately dubbed ‘Masterpiece Collection’, is an original Bice Boralevi by Modigliani — a rare bronze sculpture by the Italian artist that defined his later works.
The inaugural Nordic Film Festival introduces a sample of films from the Swedish film industry — one that’s not thoroughly explored in Singapore. The event is hosted by the Embassy of Sweden in Singapore, screening eight different films from various genres. There’s something for everyone: from a biographical flick based of tennis rivals Björn Borg and John McEnroe to a comedy on heavy metal.