The arts scene in Singapore is always bustling with activity all year round. We check out what’s happening in the month of May. There are new galleries, art exhibitions and museums as well as art shows and events for you to explore!
When Art and Science Collide
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Featuring over 120 artworks, scientific artefacts and manuscripts, ArtScience Museum’s The Universe and Art exhibition melds Eastern and Western philosophies, ancient and contemporary art, science and religion to explore humanity’s fascination with the universe and what lies beyond. Jointly curated by Mori Art Museum and ArtScience Museum, the exhibit starts with sacred, religious artefacts linked to Buddhism, Hinduism and Jainism, and continues with masterworks by the most renowned Renaissance astronomers, Galileo, Kepler, Newton and Copernicus – on show for the first time in Singapore.
Additionally, viewers can expect to see contemporary artworks by Björn Dahlem, Mariko Mori, Pierre Huyghe, Andreas Gursky, Wolfgang Tillmans and Hiroshi Sugimoto that explore new scientific thinking. See it through July 2017. marinabaysands.com/museum
Also at ArtScience
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The museum’s permanent Future World exhibition has welcomed three new installation works in the Nature Gallery, giving visitors even more to discover. The new additions include Black Waves, which blurs the boundary between viewer and artwork, inviting visitors to be one with the seascape, Sliding through the Fruit Field, a playful artwork projected onto a physical slide for kids, and Crows are Chased and the Chasing Crows are Destined to be Chased as Well, Transcending Space, an immersive audio-visual installation in which crows swoop through space and chase one another, leaving colourful flowers in their wake.
Additionally, visitors can enjoy the recently re-opened Crystal Universe installation within Future World, as well as the popular Sketch Town Paper Craft portion, in which museum-goers can turn their drawings into three-dimensional paper craft models to take home. marinabaysands.com/museum
New museum alert!
Located on the third level of iconic Art Deco building, Parkview Square (600 North Bridge Road), brand-new Parkview Museum Singapore is now open to the public (from 1 to 7pm daily; free admission), presenting a line-up of contemporary art exhibitions including Sharks & Humanity, a travelling global exhibition that addresses issues of shark protection and ocean conservation. Made up of 33 works by 29 artists – from large-scale installations and sculptures to photography and videography – Sharks & Humanity is on display through 9 September. parkviewmuseum.com
The National Museum of Singapore recently opened its first digital gallery, Gallery10, as an experimental and collaborative space in which art and technology are blurred to present visitors with an immersive, multi-disciplinary world of exploration. The gallery’s first permanent exhibition is Art of the Rehearsal, an immersive, three-channel video installation by multi-disciplinary artist Sarah Choo Jing, done in collaboration with renowned commercial cinematographer Jeffrey Ang.
Through the use of projection technology, visitors can “step into” familiar back lanes of various cultural districts across Singapore to observe dancers of different ethnicities rehearsing before their performances. nationalmuseum.sg
Meet the artist
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On 18 May from 7 to 9pm, beloved furniture and home accessories shop FairPrice Antique (#01-10 Tan Boon Liat Building, 315 Outram Road) will host a special meet-the-artist evening with South African textile artist and designer Deborah McKellar of Talking Textiles. Inspired by Singapore’s exotic landscape and its juxtaposition of old and new, Deborah’s unique textile artworks are characterised by their bold colours, layers of stitch-work, remnants of fabric, silk-screened images and printed patterns.
Guests will have the opportunity to chat with the artist, view her unique pieces, and enjoy canapés and wine – and of course, browse the store’s Chinese antique, vintage and reproduction furniture – all hand- picked by owner Chantal Travers. For more details, visit facebook.com/fairpriceantiquesg.