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    Interested to find out more about the artworks in Cinerama: Art and the Moving Image in Southeast Asia? Join SAM curator John Tung as he brings you on an after-hours tour that will provide deeper insights on the featured artworks, as well the curatorial process behind the exhibition. Each ticket permits entry into the exhibition from 7pm on the day of the tour to experience the artworks prior to the hour-long highlights tour. This ticket is also valid for entry to the exhibition on the day of the tour or on another day of your choice. Tickets available at SAM at 8Q and APACTIX http://www.apactix.com/events/detail/cinerama-art-and-the-moving-image-in-southeast-asia-curator-tour-january2018 Date: 24 January 2018 Time: 7.30pm – 8pm Venue: SAM at 8Q

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    Featuring 15 stunning new works from New York-trained artist Wong Keen’s latest series of collage-paintings, Flesh on Loop is an extension of the artist’s provocative discourse on man’s ubiquitous consumption of flesh. For instance, Man’s endless loop of desiring and gratification drives the commodification of flesh in the form of meat industry and prostitution, perpetuating in the process a cyclical system of violence and complicity. Working in a unique collage mode that fluidly integrates Chinese ink-wash with Western painting techniques, Wong Keen injects wry humour into the recognisable form of the burger – a familiar icon of modern consumption. The reflection of human flesh as synonymous with raw or cooked meat sandwiched between burger buns underlines the unsavoury reality beneath beguilingly enchanting human pleasures. Wong Keen (b. 1942, Singapore) grew up in a Chinese literati environment and was an acclaimed teenage painter in the early Singapore art scene before leaving at 19 to study at the prestigious Art Students League of New York. He was the first Singaporean and among the earliest of Chinese artists to venture into the flourished post-war American art scene – then the most avant-garde art center in the world. Having spent over 50 years in [...]

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    33 Auction is proud to present our 2018 Singapore Art Week Auction on Modern and Contemporary Art. The auction will commence on 4th February 2018 at 1:00 pm at the Grand Hyatt Singapore. The preview is to be held at MoCA@Loewen, 27A Loewen Road Singapore 248839, between 25th January to 28th January and 2nd to 3rd February 2018 (10 am – 8 pm). On offer in this Art Week Auction is a comprehensive range of works by some of the best known artists around the world. The well-curated selection may be roughly divided into Singapore Art, Chinese Contemporary Art, American Modern Art, as well as Indonesian Modern Art. Following the success of our 2017 Autumn Auction, where we had the honor of setting 3 world records for artist Anthony Poon, this Art Week Auction will once again feature 3 rare paintings from his acclaimed Wave and Frequency series. Other than perennial favourites like Cheong Soo Pieng and Iskandar Jalil, 33 Auction is pleased to present works by the late pioneer sculptor of Singapore, Ng Eng Teng. We are also pleased to include a selection of works by outstanding Chinese contemporary artists, which includes the likes of Xin Dongwang, Chen Junde, [...]

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    Into the Inferno is a meditation on volcanoes by Werner Herzog and Clive Oppenheimer that takes us to the craters of Vanuatu, Indonesia, Ethiopia, Iceland and North Korea to meet the people who live on volcanoes and the scientists and anthropologists that study them. The film unpacks the complex and deeply-rooted relationship between mankind and one of nature’s greatest wonders. It was premiered at the Toronto Film Festival in 2016. The film will be introduced by A/P Timothy P. Barnard from the NUS Department of History. This screening is organised in conjunction with the exhibition 17 Volcanoes that follows the expeditions of the Future Cities Laboratory research project “Tourism and Cultural Heritage: A Case Study on the Explorer Franz Junghuhn” to volcanoes in Java. The multimedia exhibition presents a visual archive of the small group of artists, scholars and professionals operating within the fields of humanities, science, urban and architecture studies. Screening courtesy of Netflix and Clive Oppenheimer Image credit: Film still from Into the Inferno, 2016. Friday, 19 January 2017 7 – 9.30pm Ngee Ann Kongsi Auditorium, Education Resource Centre, NUS UTown Free admission with registration: http://inferno.peatix.com  

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    As part of Singapore Art Week 2018, Supernormal presents Berny Tan’s debut solo show, “Thought Lines”, which showcases 20 new embroideries. We had the opportunity of chatting with the artist about her negotiations with rule-based processes of making, the “quiet violence” of stitching, and the neuroses embedded in the intimate object. Thought Lines – Study #2, 2017 [Front] Artitute: While your embroidered compositions take on the rubric of rule-based minimalism, it is also tempered by your intuition and intimate contact with your objects. Do share with us more about your methods and processes. Berny Tan: Each one of my twenty studies was created with a set of rules in mind, and these rules actually emerged out of certain anxieties or thought patterns I recognised in myself – for example, the mechanics of overthinking and how one mentally labours over one issue, or the impulse for perfection and how that conflicts with the impossibility of perfection. I didn’t write these rules down until after I finished the embroidery, but I had a logic of stitching in my head that I would apply and tweak if necessary. Once the system was set, I could almost “mindlessly” stitch for hours at a time [...]

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  • 01/16/18--22:13: Off Centre
  • As part of Singapore Art Week (SAW), Off Centre opens on Monday, 15 January 2018, 7pm to 7pm at Maya Gallery. Off Centre was born from reclaiming its location as being off the grid; literally away from the city centre. Curated by Pamela Ng, it signals the new direction for Maya Gallery: honing in on contemporary art with a nod to heritage and culture. The six artists share their diverse cultures from Korea, Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore across a variety of mediums, from ceramic sculpture to pinhole cameras, photography, ink and acrylics. ARTISTS: Jeffrey Wandly, Masturah Shaari, Karto, Hamidon Ahmed, Putu Bonuz and Han A Ram Off Centre runs from 15 January to 15 February 2018; 11am to 8pm daily. ……………………………………………………… Enquiries: Maya Gallery 62 Ubi Road 1, Oxley Bizhub 2 #01-21 Singapore 408734 T +65 62911760 M +65 96746050 mas@mayagallery.com.sg www.mayagallery.com.sg FB: mayagallerysingapore IG: mayagallerysg

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    Hear Singaporean artist Gerald Leow and SAM Curatorial Co-Head Joyce Toh speak about the making of Harvest, SAM’s latest commission for the Front Lawn as part of Singapore Art Week, on view from 17 January 2018. Free admission, ticket registration is required. http://www.apactix.com/events/detail/harvest-artist-and-curator-talk-sam-front-lawn-commission-by-gerald-leow The talk will be held outdoors, subject to weather conditions. Meeting point is at SAM Front Porch. 20th January 2018, Saturday 4:00PM – 5:00PM  

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    The annual Indonesian Cultural Night musical is back on stage this February. After garnering success with its Bali-themed musical in 2016, the Indonesian students in Nanyang Technological University are ready to bring a piece of Indonesian culture to the National Drama Centre, Singapore once again. Titled ICN 2018: Lakonna, the original musical is set in Tana Toraja, an exotic, ancient civilization in Sulawesi. Although it is inspired by centuries-old folktale called ‘Batingna Lebonna’, Lakonna remains relevant in modern times as it explores many dilemma and issues we still face today. The musical follows Arrang, a man who has it all. Arrang is the firstborn of the head of the village who is expected to succeed his father as the village head upon his father’s death. The charming man has the approval of his father and the adoration of the villagers and he recently found the love of his life, Tanoana. Little does he know that his childhood friend, Malitta, has been in love with him for a long time and is determined to make Arrang hers. Arrang’s younger brother, Bayo, who has been living in the shadow of his larger-than-life older brother, is longing for the approval and love of [...]

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    Maya Gallery is delighted to announce its first OPEN CALL! Inspired by the beauty and essence of watercolour paintings, we invite all artists from Singapore and all over the world to participate in ‘Contemporary Watercolours’. Targeted for April 2018, this exhibition aims to showcase an extensive range of paintings in various styles, techniques and approaches using water-soluble media such as watercolour. SUBMISSION DEADLINE: 28 February 2018. MORE INFO & FORM: http://www.mayagallery.com.sg/activities/2018-02-OPEN_CALL.htm ENQUIRIES: +65 6291 1760 | art@mayagallery.com.sg

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    For the very first 2018 exhibition in their flagship venue at McCallum Street, SPRMRKT invited two artists to materialise the inspirations and reflections a typical supermarket in Singapore bring out in them. Aptly titled The Supermarket Experience, this exhibition is a showcase of new, specially created pieces by Singaporean ceramics artist Chloe Tan and Vietnamese artist Nguyen Nghia Cuong that will be on exhibit from 10 Jan to 20 March 2018. Chloe’s works are a series of original objects modelled after supermarket goods that are commonly seen in Singapore supermarkets and have unique meaning to Singaporeans, so much so that they might be considered uniquely Singaporean. This series of works explores the Singapore theme in more ways than one: by adhering to her now-signature work process. Chloe collected clay from various sites in Singapore including Jurong, Yishun and Newton, then combined the collected clay with porcelain to create distinctive textured surfaces and colours. Vietnamese artist Nguyen Nghia Cuong paints on the cardboard packaging of commonly used household items such as flasks to bring out the insights revealed by an examination of marketing jargon on the packaging. Using what he deems ‘ruthlessness’, Cuong draws over the texts and images leaving behind [...]

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    Did you know you could use soil from almost anywhere to create beautiful ceramics? Chloe will personally conduct a workshop hosted by SPRMRKT in their 2 McCallum Street flagship to share her pottery knowledge, drawing on her own work processes and experiences working with local clay.   Participants will be required to collect a small sample of clay from their neighbourhood of choice; at the workshop, they will share their experience collecting the clay after which, under Chloe’s guidance, they will use their clay to create a ceramic dish. The works will be fired in Chloe’s studio and be available for pick-up a month later at SPRMRKT. Participants will also be able to savour a pot of Allerines tea, compliments of SPRMRKT, either during the workshop or anytime during Feb 2018. DETAILS AT A GLANCE SPRMRKT, 2 McCalllum Street Saturday 10 February 2018 2pm – 5pm $150 (inclusive of all materials and the final firing)

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  • 02/05/18--04:56: TIMORIBUS
  • TIMORIBUS Opening: 25 January, from 4pm – 9pm Exhibition Period: 25 January – 25 March 2018 Address: ShanghART Singapore, 9 Lock Road, #02-22, Gillman Barracks, Singapore 108937 Transaction of Hollows Performance Dates: 25 – 26 January, from 5pm – 9pm Exhibition Period: 27 January – 25 February 2018 Address: ShanghART Singapore, 9 Lock Road, #02-21, Gillman Barracks, Singapore 108937 Opening Hours: Daily from 11am – 7pm, excluding Mondays, Tuesdays, and Public Holidays Contact: +65 6734 9537 | info@shanghartsingapore.com Website: http://www.shanghartsingapore.com Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/shanghartgallerysg

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    The Hopper Prize is a grant-making institution and exhibition platform offering a series of individual artist grants totaling $5,000.00 USD administered through an open call juried by leading curators. Program Highlights Total Awards: $5,000.00 USD in grants for visual artists 5 artists will each receive $1,000.00 USD in unrestricted grant awards 30 artists will be selected to have their work digitally exhibited and archived at hopperprize.org Curators Recipients of The Hopper Prize will be selected by: Misa Jeffereis, Assistant Curator Contemporary Art Museum, St. Louis Magdalyn Asimakis, Independent Curator & Writer New York & Toronto Eligibility We view the field of visual arts in its broadest and most inclusive sense and therefore make our awards available to artists engaged in artistic practices spanning all media and methods of production. Apply Now https://hopperprize.org

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    Toy Factory Productions is proud to open its 2018 season with 《有时月光》Sometime Moon, an epic musical of Singapore’s ever-changing landscape over the past century – through the trials and tribulations of one of the earliest Huay Kuan (Clan Association) established in this island we call home.   As we forge onwards in this contemporary era, how much do we remember of our roots, culture, dialects and identity? 《有时月光》Sometime Moon follows the story of the people of Quan Zhou, Fu Jian, as they come to Nanyang in search of new opportunities – eventually setting up Quan Ji Huay Kuan for the betterment of their community. This 10-act musical journey spans the entirety of the past century, charting the progress of our forefather’s hard ascent to where we are today. Follow three generations of the Tan family and the collective transformation with the Huay Kuan over the years! Sometime Moon is directed and scripted by Toy Factory’s Chief Artistic Director Goh Boon Teck. Helmed by Musical Director Benny Wong, the musical features 20 bold and refreshing original Hokkien compositions. Leading the company of 8 cast members is vocal coach Elaine Chan, preserving the beauty of our inherited languages through melodious singing! Event [...]

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  • 02/05/18--05:07: CLIO ART FAIR 2018
  • In Greek mythology, Clio or Kleio, is the muse of history. The name is etymologically derived from the Greek root κλέω/κλείω meaning “to recount,” “to celebrate,” or “to make famous.” With a nod to its inspiration, CLIO ART FAIR has been created with the idea of showcasing the careers and achievements of already affirmed creative minds. This is the sixth edition of CLIO ART FAIR. By specifically targeting artists without any exclusive NYC gallery representation, CLIO ART FAIR focuses attention on the kinds of contemporary art and interventions that are being created by independent artists the world over, since 2014. Without the constraints and usual concerns of the art business, the selected artists have been freed up to use different materials and media and to deviate from accepted art practice definitions. The resulting work being exhibited seeks to foster a dialogue that transcends prescribed geographies, hierarchies, and markets; and to further opportunities for greater expression of new media and ever ground-breaking content. Thursday, March 8th: 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm VIP Opening Reception Friday, March 9th: 10:00 am – 12:00 pm Art Lovers Networking Breakfast 12:00 pm – 08:00 pm Public viewing Saturday, March 10th: 10:00 am – 12:00 pm [...]

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    A Good Death follows Dr Leong, a palliative care doctor, as she journeys with her patients through their final days. As they open up to her about their hopes and fears, her own family begins to argue over what is best for their ageing parents. Faced with an increasingly blurred line between her professional and personal life, Dr Leong finds herself asking: What truly makes life worth living? What is a good and dignified death? And on whose terms? Poignant and insightful, A Good Death is a tender meditation on what it means to lean on one another, even on those you least expect. A Good Death is performed with English captions. 29 Mar – 1 Apr 2018, Thu – Sun Various timings Esplanade Theatre Studio Book Now! www.esplanade.com/thestudios Tickets are priced at $35^ each Concessions for students: $17 Concessions for NSF and senior citizens: $25

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    “You look to me. Eyes close, eyes open. I remember too. Like the clouds we named her after, she drifted in and out of our lives.” In the Silence of Your Heart is an invitation to enter the world of a charming politician and inveterate drinker. Lend him your ears because he needs to talk. Thian has been paralysed for 13 years. He’s been still and silent all this time but his mind has not stopped dancing. He gets by with the two things he does have: his memory and his imagination. Today, his world is trembling. It is the birth day of his dead daughter and there is a hole in his foot. Wakeful and dreaming, he relives his life’s triumphs, passions and betrayals. But at the heart of his meandering memories is a question: have I disappointed as a father? When the day is done, he remembers one last story… this one’s for the road. Meditative and operatic, In the Silence of Your Heart is an in-ear audio experience for the theatre. Performed by Jalyn Han and Tan Hui Er, with the voice of Lim Kay Tong as Man. In the Silence of Your Heart was developed in residence [...]

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  • 02/05/18--05:11: PRESSPLAY 5
  • Organised by the National Library Board, PRESSPLAY is an annual arts festival just for youths. Featuring artists who are making waves in Singapore’s arts scene, PRESSPLAY invites you to discover, explore, connect, make an impact and have loads of fun.   This fifth season, PRESSPLAY reconnects you with your childhood memories and classics, inspired by the aesthetics of the 80s and 90s. Journey with local studios, independent artists and musicians, discover the beauty in slow processes of old artisanal trades, put your own spin on classical icons and reminisce about the music anthems of your teenage years. It’s time to rewind. PRESSPLAY will run from 11 Feb to 10 Mar 2018 at various library venues. Programmes are suitable for young adults aged 18 to 35 years. For individual programme details, visit Facebook (pressplay.sg). 📷

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    Guests at the Emporium at Bangkok, Thailand, welcomed 2018 with a golden revelation art exhibition by renowned Singapore Fengshui master turned artist, The Colours of Prosperity and Elegance” feng shui art exhibition by Emeritus Master Yun Long Zi. The exhibition showcased 108 pieces of paintings and jade sculptures. The whole series of The Colours of Prosperity and Elegance has been thoughtfully curated by Emeritus Master Yun Long Zi to capture the essence of his wisdom, as well as the energies of prosperity and good fortune as positive meditations were chanted while Emeritus Master Yun intuitively created each painting. Each piece of his painting has eight to 12 layers, comprising of gold and silver, and special glow in the dark paints, which symbolize Light within Darkness.   The Guest-of-Honours, Her Royal Highness Princess Buppha Devi and His Royal Highness Prince Tesso Sisowath graced the opening of “The Colours of Prosperity and Elegance” feng shui art exhibition by Emeritus Master Yun Long Zi, collaboration with UOB and The Emporium Group. While special guests from around the world, such as China, Singapore and Europe, flew into Bangkok to celebrate the event.     Guests were treated with special edition Laurent-Perrier La Cuvee champagne [...]

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    As far back as Gabrielle Chanel could remember, from her childhood onwards, she always had fond memories of wheat. Coincidentally her date of birth on August 19th coincides with the harvest festival.  This celebration held at the end of the summer was the symbol of renewed prosperity and abundance because the harvests were plentiful and the granaries were full. In May, the new seedlings sprout from the ground, tender and green.  In June, when the temperature becomes warmer, the ears of wheat begin to form.  July and August sees them basking in the sun, their smell and fragrance fill the countryside on Summer’s evening.  Everyone knows that the crop is then ready to be harvested. For Gabrielle Chanel’s Father wheat symbolised all that was good and wholesome.  How many times as a child had she heard him call it “my good wheat”?  This expression resounded with her all her life. And this “good wheat” never left her, turning it into one of her lucky charms.  Real, in wood, bronze or in a painting by her friend Dali, wheat was present in all its forms in her apartment at rue Cambon, in her suite at the Ritz or in her home in La Pausa. The High Jewellery collection “Les Blés de CHANEL” celebrates for the first time this fundamental [...]

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