In need of a good dose of art in all forms? Read on for the best happenings in Singapore’s museums and galleries this month, from vintage posters to celebrated Rennaissance paintings…
A Look at Leonardo
An exciting touch of history hits Singapore with the arrival of Da Vinci: Shaping the Future, an exhibition featuring a collection of original works from one of the most celebrated geniuses of all time, Leonardo da Vinci. Making their Southeast Asian debut, these authentic masterpieces – direct from Milan’s Biblioteca Abrosiana, one of the world’s greatest Renaissance museums – include six original paintings from the School of Leonardo, as well as 26 original pages of the Codex Atlanticus, a notebook containing some of the artist’s most important drawings and writings. Visitors can also explore his life, work and legacy through various films and interactive sections throughout the exhibition. See it from 15 November to May 2015 at ArtScience Museum at Marina Bay Sands, 6 Bayfront Avenue.
Presenting three co-curated exhibitions within one space, Still Moving: A Triple Bill on the Image examines the nature of the image through various modes of photography and new media. In Afterimage: Contemporary Photography from Southeast Asia, artists use non-traditional photographic techniques to express concerns about the political and social landscapes of the region. Time Present: Photography from the Deutsche Bank Collection focuses on Southeast Asian photography practices throughout history, with works of renowned international artists on display. The third portion of the exhibition features experimental new media works from the Yokohama Museum of Art in Japan. If you’re up for it, round off the experience with artist talks, critic and curator panels, a mobile darkroom and various educational and public outreach programmes. See it until 8 February 2015 at SAM at 8Q, 8 Queen Street.
As the first art fair in Asia dedicated to Middle Eastern, North African, and South and Southeast Asian contemporary art, the inaugural Singapore Art Fair brings together more than 60 galleries from around the world, from Lebanon, Israel, Syria and the UAE to Japan, South Korea, Malaysia and, of course, Singapore. Expect works from both established and emerging artists that bring to the forefront the artists’ historical and cultural experiences, many of which raise important humanitarian and political issues. See it from 27 to 30 November at Suntec Singapore Convention and Exhibition Centre, 1 Raffles Boulevard.
Hong Kong-based Picture This Gallery – the only established vintage poster dealer in East Asia – brings its collection of original posters to Singapore, offering some fascinating insight into the popular culture and trends from 1910 to the 1970s. The exhibition features original advertisements for household, fashion and consumer products – tobacco and cigarettes, food and champagne, for instance – movie and sports-themed posters portraying icons like Steve McQueen and Audrey Hepburn, and epic movies such as Star Wars, as well as contemporary poster art from the likes of Roy Lichtenstein, Andy Warhol and French poster artist, Razzia. Travel posters dating from the 1920s to the 1960s are well represented, with a particular focus on the bold, brightly coloured posters created to lure travellers to exotic Asian destinations – including Singapore, Malaysia, Indochina, Sri Lanka and India – during the Golden Age of Travel. See it from 24 November to 1 December at ION Art Gallery, 2 Orchard Turn, ION Orchard Level 4.
Young Singaporean artist, Andre Tan, has been making a name for himself in the art world with cheeky works that explore both traditional and current social codes. In his new exhibition, RE by Andre Tan, he playfully reworks conventional and popular imagery to address the ironies and social ills in today’s society – think Leonard Da Vinci’s David with a mobile phone, for instance. Organised chronologically – from the Middle Ages to the Renaissance to Modern Art – each image is familiar yet different, forcing viewers to rethink the meanings behind them and their cultural references; the prefix “RE”, of course, signifies this act of “going back” for another look. See it from 13 November to 13 December at Galerie Belvedere Singapore, 140 Hill Street, #01-10/11/12 Old Hill Street Police Station.
Back by popular demand, the Affordable Art Fair returns this month for the second time this year. The November edition will give art fans the opportunity to purchase contemporary works from over 100 international galleries, and across a wide range of media. The best part? All works will be priced between $100 and $10,000. 20 to 23 November at F1 Pit Building, 1 Republic Boulevard.