Culture vultures! On the lookout for a hot, new exhibition in Singapore this March? Read on for the latest news and events from the island’s art scene.
A Spin on Tradition
In his new exhibition, Ancient Fantasy – Kukoku Tamura, Japanese artist and avante-garde calligrapher Kukoku Tamura showcases an array of his original artworks including lithographs and sumi ink on paper pieces. Kukoku’s works, admired for their unusual use of both Japanese traditional calligraphy and abstract expressionist painting, are largely influenced by his childhood. Inspired as a child by the colourful kimonos in his parents’ traditional Japanese dye shop, he decided not to limit his calligraphy works to black and white, but rather to utilise colours – namely, red, blue and yellow – for a vivid, abstract expressionist spin on the traditional. “I seek beauty beyond traditional calligraphy, which is what modern calligraphy is all about,” says Kukoku. See it until 28 March at Kato Art Duo, 320 North Bridge Road, #02-28 Raffles Hotel Arcade. katoartduo.com
The King’s Gone Postal
Singapore Philatelic Museum (SPM) celebrates the 80th year of Elvis Presley with Return to Sender – An Exhibition, presenting 100 or so stamps from around the world, and miniature sheets dating from the 1970s to 2010 that trace the life of the “King of Rock ‘n’ Roll”. The exhibition – aptly titled as a nod to both the postal service and Elvis’s 1962 track “Return to Sender” – features over 150 items on loan from a local collector who has amassed thousands of Elvis collectibles over the years, including vinyl records, movie posters, fan magazines and commemorative books. See it until 1 July at Singapore Philatelic Museum, 23-B Coleman Street. spm.org.sg
A Walk through Wessex
This month, artists in Wessex Estate will throw open their studio doors for the annual ArtWalk@Wessex, a rare opportunity to visit the studios of 14 local and international professional artists living and working in the historic complex of 1940s black-and-white houses and walk-up apartments in leafy Portsdown Road. It’s also a chance to buy directly from the artists, who work in a variety of media from painting and drawing to printmaking, photography and ceramics, and find out about their inspirations and techniques firsthand. The walk is free and self-guided, with maps available at every studio. Recommended starting points are Block 28, Woking Road, #03-05, and Block 2, Whitchurch Road, #02-03. 8 to 9 March from 11am to 7pm. Check facebook.com/artwalkwessex for updates.