5 art exhibitions in Singapore to check out right now

A cultural roadtrip across the causeway.

ArtScience Museum’s new exhibition, Wonderland, sees visitors completing a journey akin to Alice’s (Photo: ArtScience Museum)

Spend your weekends down south and visit the best art exhibitions Singapore has to offer. Ranging from interactive and family-friendly showcases to thought-provoking presentations, there's something for everyone.  


Indonesian artist Wedhar Riyadi’s work focuses on the stitching of reality for the ideal body image, populated by foreign culture assimilated into local entertainment. He starts the process with an image collage of body parts gathered from mass media. He then blurs the lines of realism and fantasy by reproducing the collage in oil painting. The artworks alludes the ease of snipping and stitching an ‘ideal figure’ to the extent of creating a fantasy, through the ease of applications in the contemporary internet age.  

Yavuz Gallery, 9 Lock Road, #02-23, Singapore 108937. Until June 16. Tue-Sat, 11am-7pm; Sun, 1pm-5pm. See here for more info.


The Shadow of Change
Artist Yim Maline introduces her unique decomposition aesthetics in 12 mixed media works comprising of eight wall-bound cardboard and paper works, and four tissue paper sculptures. In her drawings, Yim creates imaginary forms linked to her internal state of mind, almost as if one is observed like cells under a microscope. Her relief sculptures challenges viewers to study ruptures, temperature changes, spills and new growth in a state of decomposition.

Yim is one of a small (albeit growing) handful of female Khmer artists. Having lived as a witness of civil war and the precariousness of our natural environment, her work tackles changing environments around the world.

Richard Koh Fine Art, Blk 47 Malan Road, 01-26 Gillman Barracks, Singapore 109444. Until June 22. Tue-Sat, 11am-7pm. See here for more info.


Singapore Art Museum: Mini Mobile Museum
The SAM Mini Mobile Museum is a travelling art exhibition in partnership with the Singapore National Library Board. The Mini Mobile Museum introduces a series of contemporary art through a selection of SAM’s permanent collection artworks, adapted for non-museum spaces and created by Southeast Asian artists. While SAM is under construction, the mobile version features drawings, installations and audio and visual works in addition to self-guided activities for families.

Woodlands Regional Library, 900 S Woodlands Way, #01-03, Singapore 730900. Until June 23. Daily, 10am-9pm. See here for more info.


Follow Alice into her whimsical wonderland at ArtScience Museum’s latest exhibition. Inspired by Lewis Carroll’s tale, Alice’s enchanted world is presented in 10 sections. Over 300 artefacts and objects are on display, showing how Carroll’s story has inspired artists and filmmakers to bring the well-loved protagonist to life beyond the pages of the book. These include first edition tomes, drawings, original costumes, films, magic lantern projectors, animation, puppetry and original multimedia works by digital creative studios, Sandpit, Grumpy Sailor and Mosster Studio.

ArtScience Museum, 6 Bayfront Ave. Until Sept 22. Daily, 10am-5.30pm. SG$ 19-40. See here for more info. 


Sea State 9: Proclamation Garden
Proclamation Garden by Charles Lim is the third work in the Ng Teng Fong Roof Garden Commission series, which invites leading international artists to create site-specific installations. The artist will transform the gallery’s roof garden with plants found in reclaimed areas in Changi, Tuas and the Southern Islands, offering an inquiry into Singapore’s history of land reclamation. The plants’ adaptation to survive (and transience) tells the stories of the country’s urban and coastal developments. The exhibition continually evolves as the plants grow.

National Gallery Singapore, Level 5, Ng Teng Fong Roof Garden, City Hall Wing. Until Oct 27. Sat-Thu, 10am-7pm; Fri, 10am-9pm. See here for more info. 


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