We checked out what’s happening in the art scene this month. New galleries, exhibition openings and museums as well as art shows and events ripe for you to explore!
Art and Home collide
For its eighth edition, the Art Apart Fair has swapped its usual hotel suite location for Isetan Wisma Atria (Level 2, 435 Orchard Road), while sticking to its novel approach of presenting artworks in a homelike setting. Combining over 800 artworks by 60 emerging artists from the Philippines, Japan, China, Korea, Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia, Russia, Italy, Iceland and Singapore, with furniture and design in one room, the fair aims to show ways in which art merges with different living spaces. Contemporary artworks are matched with vintage and retro furniture to juxtapose old and new, while modern and pop art are displayed with industrial furnishings. See it until 28 August. Open from 11am to 9pm daily.
Lots of land
In his exhibition, Plot, photographer Caleb Ming explores aspects of urban planning and its ironies through documenting plots of open land in Singapore, many of which have already been developed. Marked for development into housing, hotels, consumer multiplexes and more, all these open spaces will be gone, if they’re not already. See it until 25 September at Tunnel@Esplanade (which connects CityLink Mall and City Hall MRT station to Esplanade). Free admission. Don’t miss an artist talk by Caleb on 13 August at 1pm.
The Peranakan Museum’s latest exhibition, Nyonya Needlework: Embroidery and Beadwork in the Peranakan World, shows how the Peranakans (Straits Chinese community) created new needlework styles and techniques that displayed both innovation and tradition in an increasingly cosmopolitan world. Featuring around 200 intricate pieces – ranging from some of the earliest embroidered and beaded pieces to celebratory items like wedding slippers, bed and wall ornaments, and accessories such as belts, purses and handkerchiefs – the artworks not only represent untold hours of painstaking hand-stitching, but also tell stories of Peranakan daily life and ritual. See it until 26 March 2017. 39 Armenian Street.
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