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    Celebrate International Women’s Day at MINT Museum of Toys with the museum’s latest featured exhibit titled, The Door of Hope Dolls: Women in History. The exhibition celebrates the enduring strength of the women and young girls who created the Door of Hope Dolls. The collection, which originates from 1920’s Shanghai, also speaks volume of the efforts undertaken by a group of women who set out to change the future of young Chinese girls and women at the time. Be awed by the uniqueness of these handcrafted and hand-sewn dolls and let their story inspire you to effect change. Highlights from the exhibition include: – Amah & Baby, wood & fabric doll, China, 1920’s, estimated value US$3500 – Manchu Woman, wood and fabric, 1920’s, estimated value US$10000 The Door of Hope Dolls: Women in History opens from 1 March through to 31 March 2017. The exhibition is located on Level 3, Childhood Favourites of MINT Museum of Toys. For more information: http://emint.com/product/door-of-hope-women-in-history/

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    Parkview Museum is a swanky new art space in the heart of the art and cultural district of Bugis, that is set to amaze with its vast column-less space and 7 metre high ceilings which will be a platform for the expression and popularisation of contemporary art in Singapore.   The new art space will open with the global travelling art exhibition, ‘On Sharks and Humanity’, which brings together over 20 artworks from artists around the world and featuring a selection of works from Singapore. The exhibition of Artists in Action addresses the pressing environmental issues of shark protection and ocean conservation. With several artworks reaching over 6-metres, the exhibition will be a sight to behold for one and all. ‘On Sharks and Humanity’ Parkview Museum 600 North Bridge Road, Courtyard & Level 3 Public opening date: 10 Mar 2017 Closing date: 26 Jun, 2017 Opening hours: 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. daily Free admission #onsharksandhumanity

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    Celebrating the 100th anniversary of Cheong Soo Pieng, the lecture will provide an understanding and overview of the work of Singapore’s pioneer generation of artists that laid the foundations of a Singaporean/Nanyang art tradition. Artists featured include Lim Hak Tai, Chen Chong Swee, Liu Kang, Cheong Soo Pieng, Chen Wen His and Georgette Chen. For more info and registration go to www.corcovadoarts.com

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    Brave the change … Embrace the new … In future worlds In our closing chapter on the continuum of time, NUS Arts Festival 2017 gazes into the infinite worlds of the future – the imminent, the impending, the yet to come. Inspired by Huxley’s then-radical dystopian ideas, Brave New Worlds presents immersive experiences, compelling performances and stimulating talks that excite and challenge perceptions of the future through the arts. Featuring both young, rising artists and international performers, researchers and designers, reimagine the future through dance, theatre, music and film. Where does an idea end and the future begin? Between 10 and 25 March at the NUS University Cultural Centre, from extreme sonic reverberations to bold ventures into the beyond, the limits of life, society and science are yours to determine. For more details on the festival, do visit us at: http://www.nus.edu.sg/cfa/NAF_2017/index.html

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    ReDot Fine Art Gallery is especially honoured to present the exhibition Walkatjunanyi Inmaku (Painting Songs). The exhibition consists of eight astonishing large-scale paintings, executed by the senior artists of Tjungu Palya Arts. Located at Nyapari community about 100 km south of Uluru (Ayres Rock) in the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) Lands, in the remote north west corner of South Australia, Tjungu Palya Arts is one of the most innovative art centres in Central Australia and is solely Aboriginal owned and governed. An exhibition of this magnitude has never been seen before from Tjungu Palya Arts, with each painting being 200 x 300 cm in size. This larger format allows abundant space for sprawling and epic narratives, which depict large tracks of country and demonstrate fundamental cultural thinking. This scale also allows the artists the freedom to weave a spectacular amount of painterly detail into their work. The nuanced mark-making of each individual artist sets a unique and sophisticated tone within each artwork, and represents a strong spiritual connection, to both the act of painting and the process of narrating ones’ mythological beliefs. The exhibition runs from Wednesday 5 April to Saturday 27 May 2017. Attending the opening reception, on Wednesday [...]

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  • 03/17/17--00:34: World Press Photo Exhibition
  • Capturing imagination. Changing lives. The World Press Photo exhibition, billed as the “Oscars” of photojournalism, returns to Singapore from 3 March 2017 to 26 March 2017. Presented by The Straits Times, this exhibition brings together 145 prize-winning photographs that captured the most powerful, poignant, and sometimes provocative press images from around the world. The exhibition is presented by The Straits Times and will be on display from 3 March 2017 to 26 March 2017. Admission is free. There are guided tours every Saturday and Sunday, 10am & 12.30pm. Also featuring a partner exhibition by The Straits Times showcasing its best photojournalism work of 2016 which illustrates the richness of life in Singapore. There will also be a panel discussion and free talks open to the general public by the award-winning and internationally acclaimed photographers from the World Press Photo exhibition and photojournalists from The Straits Times. Date: 3 March 2017 to 26 March 2017 Opening Hours: 10.00am to 7.00pm Venue: National Museum of Singapore, 93 Stamford Road, Singapore 178897 More details can be found at http://www.straitstimes.com/st-world-press-photo-2016

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  • 03/19/17--20:32: Article 0
  • Art Central, in partnership with United Overseas Bank (UOB), proudly presents the third edition of the Fair to be staged at the Central Harbourfront, Hong Kong from Tuesday, 21 March to Saturday, 25 March 2017 (VIP Preview/First Night 20 March). The Fair, featuring more than 100 international galleries across its Central and Rise sectors, will showcase emerging and established artists from Asia and the globe. Seventy-five percent of the participating galleries hail from the Asia-Pacific region, and will exhibit works of exceptional quality and diverse mediums. The content driven Fair programme serves as a platform for cross- cultural dialogue, artistic experimentation and creative discovery. The exciting line-up includes immersive performances, talks, site-specific installations, moving image, VR and digital works, presented in partnership with some of the world’s most reputable art organisations. Art Central has lined up a list of programmes consisting of five days of curated exhibitions, ambitious installations, engaging panel discussions, experimental film, and cutting-edge performance that appeals to both the experienced collector and the discerning art enthusiast. PERFORMANCE X 4A Specially selected performances throughout the week of the Fair, presented in partnership with 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art, Sydney. Tobias Gutmann, Face-o-mat The artist will produce interpretative [...]

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  • 03/19/17--01:02: Peaks Speak
  • Peaks Speak, a major solo exhibition comprising 40 recent artworks by artist Laure Hatchuel-Becker is showing at Art Porters from March 2 to April 23 , 2017. The works all display Laure’s extraordinary technique of colourful oil peaks of colour on canvas, inspired by Australian aboriginal art. 64 Spottiswoode Park Road, Singapore 088652. Open daily from 10.30am to 7.00pm. Tel +65 6909 0468 https://www.facebook.com/events/1861186707469852/

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  • 03/27/17--00:59: ART FAIR TOKYO Review
  •   Prints and editions were abundant at this years fair. Every year the start of the Sakura (Cherry blossom) season comes to Tokyo and heralds the beginning of Spring and also the start of the Art Fair Tokyo, with this year being no different. Taking place at the conveniently located Tokyo International Forum, ART FAIR TOKYO is organized by the Art Tokyo Association and is a mere 1 minute walk from Yurakucho Station near to the famous Ginza district. This fair not only has the accolade of being the largest art fair in Japan but also the oldest in Asia. The fair features a wide range of art from modern and contemporary art to nihonga paintings, sculptures, installations and even antiquities. Chinese Ceramics(1662-1722) With the original press release of the fair citing social innovations and the impact and evolution of technology and the diversification of media I expected to see art that would involve flashing lights, LED screens and perhaps even robots which are always crowd pleaser’s and popular on Instagram. Thankfully the fair had none of these things and was elegant, well curated and in line with previous years.   Kami #17 by Momo Yoshino   Having said that, [...]

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      Get Ready for An Amazing Challenge! Kick off at 21:00 hrs. The challenge? To make a film in only 48 hours! Filmmakers from all over the Singapore area will compete to see who can make the best short film in only 48 hours. The winning film will go up against films from around the world at Filmapalooza 2018 for a chance at the grand prize and an opportunity to screen at the Cannes Film Festival 2018, Court Métrage. Event name: 48 Hour Film Project Singapore 2017 Venue: *SCAPE GALLERY, Level 5, 2 Orchard Link, Singapore 237978 Date & Time: Friday, April 21 19:30 hrs – Sunday, April 23 2017 21:00 hrs Ticket Prices: 48 HFP Singapore Early Bird $103 (inclusive of $3.00 booking fee) 48 HFP Singapore Standard $153 (inclusive of $3.00 booking fee) 48 HFP Singapore At The Door $183 (inclusive of $3.00 booking fee) Event Link: http://buytickets.at/sinema/86562  

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  • 03/27/17--01:34: The Writers Room (May 2017)
  • We all have stories. For those of us who might want to share them it can sometimes be tough to get started. Where will inspiration come from? How can I find time? Where can I find the confidence in my idea? The Writers Room is a two and a half hour writing group; a safe, positive and nurturing space to help you create and craft your story submission for Metaphors Be With You. Facilitator will be present during the session, using creative exercises and writing prompts to help you unlock your story. There will also be time to share (or not – it’s up to you) to develop your ideas with a group of non-judgemental, friendly and likeminded peers. This session will be facilitated by: Aimee Louise Lewis The Writers Room Session Sunday 14 May 2017 4.00pm – 6.30pm Haque Centre of Acting & Creativity (HCAC) 22 Dickson Road #02-01 Singapore 209506 The Writers Room (May)

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  • 03/29/17--00:05: Art Conversation: Idris Ali
  • Singaporean artist Idris Ali has been capturing the landscapes and street scenes of Singapore since the 1960s till now in watercolour. His works can be found in the collections of the National Gallery, National Heritage Board, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and many other government bodies, corporate organisations and private individuals. Come and meet Idris, and discover his artistic journey, challenges and inspirations. Discuss with invited panelists Prof Kwok Kian Woon (NTU), Kamal Dollah (APAD), Stephen Leong (Federation of Art Societies Singapore) and fellow participants on anything art-related – the role of the artist, art in today’s context, heritage and developments in the local art scene. Art Conversation is part of Idris Ali’s third solo show, Khazanah, showing at Maya Gallery from 18 March till 8 April 2017. The exhibition is supported by the National Arts Council. ART CONVERSATION 1 April 2017, 4-6pm Maya Gallery  

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      Yayoi Kusama My Eternal Soul ©YAYOI KUSAMA   For those of you may not be familiar with the Queen of Polka Dots, aka Yayoi Kusama, here is some history on one of the premier artists in Japan. Writer, painter, sculptor, fashion designer and avant-garde artist, there is little doubt that Yayoi Kusama is the most famous Japanese artist to date. Born in 1929 in Matsumoto-shi, in the Nagano Prefecture of Japan, she studied traditional Japanese painting at the Kyoto Municipal School of Arts and Crafts before moving to New York in 1957 to pursue her artistic vocation. Early in Kusama’s career, she began covering surfaces such as walls, floors, canvases, and later household objects and naked assistants with polka dots, which would become a trademark of her work. It is hard to give only a few examples of the many highlights of her prestigious career, which include representing Japan at the Venice 1993 Biennale, receiving the Japan’s Person of Cultural Merit Award in 2009, the Asahi Prize in 2011 along with Japan’s Order of Culture award in 2016. From the countless international exhibitions, her most recent ones include a major, global retrospect that toured the Reina Sofia Museum in [...]

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    Lotus on Water will be presenting “The Symphony of Prosperity and Elegance” – the first Feng Shui themed art exhibition which has been thoughtfully curated to bring joy and auspiciousness to the audience. The man behind this art world original exhibition is Master Yun Long Zi, 云龙子大师. The exhibition will be held at the ION Art Gallery for five days. “The Symphony of Prosperity and Elegance” showcases the exquisite art mastery of Master Yun with peacocks as the main subject matter. While some of his paintings are painted on Chinese rice paper, many displayed in this exhibition are painted on a special paper known as Dong Ba Paper which is handmade by tribal shamans using herbs from mountain ranges. His exceptional paintings are also crowned by precious natural elements such as 24k gold, pure silver, bronze and natural vermillion ink. “The Symphony of Prosperity and Elegance” Date: 27 – 30 April 2017 Time: 10am – 10pm Venue: ION Art Gallery (Level 4) Website: https://www.facebook.com/lotusonwater/ *Free Admission

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    Art Projects is delighted to present Singapore artist Wong Shih Yaw’s first Hong Kong solo exhibition titled “Eleven Stories”. An established artist in Singapore, with an artistic career that exceeds more than twenty decades to date, Wong’s latest series works is a contemplative reflection of his philosophical and spiritual journey thus far, stories told through eleven acrylic paintings. While each of the eleven paintings was created from the artist’s personal experiences, they tell the story of human’s constant search for answers to life’s questions. In his distinct painting style featuring strong outlines and bold brush strokes, Wong’s works convey strength and a sense of vitality that is balanced by the mysterious dark undertones that he had chosen for this series of introspective works. Imageries of surrealistic subjects, often in the hybrid forms of the lamb, machine and human, together with the cryptic texts, offer clues to the artist’s inner message of his works, while allowing for personal interpretation. In their pensive expressions, each of the eleven works allows the viewer the opportunity to re-adapt the narrative to the individual’s unique storyline. Based in Singapore, Wong Shih Yaw (b. 1967) graduated with a Diploma in Fine Arts (Painting) from the Nanyang [...]

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    If I could set with the sun is a 3-hour durational performance that undertakes the construction of dances in the Indian Ocean, somewhere between India and Indonesia. This dance-making process is part reconstructive, part speculative, part archaeological, part anthropological and part fantastical. The focus of the project is not to merely present dance as an accomplished object, but as a continual process embedded in the aesthetic, social, political, cultural and economic milieu of contemporary South and South-East Asia. This research presentation will comprise a series of essayistic works in video, movement and installation formats. Date/ Time 9 & 10 June 2017: 1-4pm and 7-10pm 11 June 2017: 1-4pm Venue Goodman Arts Centre, Multi-purpose Studios 1 & 2 (Containers) (90 Goodman Road, Block O, Singapore 439053) Tickets $20 (Standard) $16 (RAW Pal Members) $18 (Concession for Senior Citizens, Full-time Students. NSFs, PAssion Card Members and Group Booking of minimum of 4 tickets) Bundle tickets with ‘RawGround: Clutter’ $25.50 (Standard) $23 (RAW Pal Members) $18.50 (Concession for Senior Citizens, Full-time Students. NSFs, PAssion Card Members and Group Booking of minimum of 4 tickets) General Admission Purchase tickets at research-clutter.peatix.com Purchasing a ticket will entitle you to multiple entries across all three days [...]

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  • 04/09/17--20:46: RawGround: Clutter
  • Featuring working concepts by Jeryl Lee, Matthew Goh and Ebelle Chong in collaboration with Neo Hong Chin and Pat Toh. In this process-oriented platform, audience will experience diverse modes of creative explorations based on the theme “Clutter”. With this platform, RAW Moves strives to provide company dancers a space to present their research ideas while promoting an active dialogue-exchange between practitioners and audience in an informal setting. Date 14 and 15 July 2017 Time 8pm Venue RAW Moves Studio Goodman Arts Centre (90 Goodman Road, Block B, #01-08, Singapore 439053) Tickets $10 (Standard) $8 (RAW Pal Members) $9 (Concession for Senior Citizens, Full-time Students. NSFs, PAssion Card Members and Group Booking of minimum of 4 tickets) Bundle tickets with ‘Archipelago Archives Exhibit #3: If I could set with the sun’ $25.50 (Standard) $23 (RAW Pal Members) $18.50 (Concession for Senior Citizens, Full-time Students. NSFs, PAssion Card Members and Group Booking of minimum of 4 tickets) General Admission Purchase tickets at research-clutter.peatix.com

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    Jordi Forniés is a Spanish artist and a music composer. He has a Doctorate in Chemistry, a Degree in Classical Piano, a Masters in Marketing and Communication and a research based Masters in Fine Arts. A chemist by training, Jordi has a clear understanding of the materials he works with. As a visual artist, he uses these materials and the texture to develop his artistic language further. From bronze, wood, UV photosensitive resin to nylon, Jordi explores the correlation of materials with sound and form in his solo exhibition Sonance: Sound as Body, Sound as Architecture. Sound has a defining link to form in its cause and existence. In particular, different qualities of sound are defined by the shape of sound waves and vibrations. The making of the sculptures in his latest series of work is fully related to the parameters defining sound. Variations of amplitude and frequency are embodied in the design of these sculptures and they become the central DNA of his work. Some of the sculptures are created through the use of 3D printing technology to realise the potential of materials and form. Jordi has been featured in exhibitions around the world. His works are collected by [...]

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  • 04/15/17--01:35: TAKSU SG: LOCALS ONLY!
  • TAKSU Singapore introduces Locals Only! 2017, a showcase of new works by five Singaporean artists. Our popular Locals Only! exhibition gives an insight into works by new and established homegrown artists. TAKSU SG: LOCALS ONLY!A Group Exhibition by Five Local Artists Zhou Han ShunFrenetic City 16Print on Hahnemühle Photo Rag Baryta Paper80 x 80cm2016 Danielle TayBeautiful Beneath IIOil on Canvas98 x 75cm2017 Sebastian Mary TayChromatic Solstice #13Giclée printing on Lustre Paper80 x 60cm2016 A group exhibition of works on painting, paper-cut, photography and sculptures by Ching Wei Hong, Danielle Tay, Sebastian Mary Tay, Jing X Hu and Zhou Han Shun. Opening Reception on 20th April 2017, 7pm-10pm Exhibition runs from 20th April – 12th May 2017 Venue 43 Jalan Merah Saga, #01-72 Workloft@Chip Bee Singapore 278115

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  • 05/01/17--21:54: Knives in the Water
  • Knives in the Water is an exhibition of new artworks from Singapore based Speak Cryptic. This will be his first solo show at Chan + Hori Contemporary – the first in 10 years in Singapore – and his most introspective one to date. The exhibition highlights a collection of characters and places which function as a means to explore tribal identity and group dynamics. At the core of his investigations are issues pertaining to the human condition and the visual language prevalent within the cultures of comics and underground music. These fictitious friends and imaginary landscapes have traveled with Speak Cryptic for many years. The fresh set of works will expose his ‘tribe’ and deconstruct the characters within the circle. Separating and isolating the characters and landscapes are opportunities to approach more intricate elements, including tribal member’s patches, tools and headdresses. The ethnological approach of Knives in the Water challenges us to examine ourselves along with or against these tribal hybrids of South East Asia. In conjunction with the characters, the unraveling of the landscapes complements the earlier work form Speak Cryptic. These new works elaborate on his observations in chronicling time spent in Singapore’s punk locales around the city [...]

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