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  • 04/05/16--03:15: Dutch Days Hong Kong 2016
  • Dutch Days is pleased to be back in Hong Kong, from April 5 to 27, 2016, to celebrate Dutch glorious arts and culture all over the city in honour of the King’s birthday (April 27th). Dutch Days – The Mauritshuis’ Girl with a Pearl Earring by Johannes Vermeer Dutch Days speaker Emilie Gordenker, Director of the Mauritshuis The highlight of this festival – the museum seminars is brought under this year’s theme, ‘Masters of the Golden Age’ in conversation the most prestigious Dutch museums. Director Emilie Gordenker of the Mauritshuis, which features in its collection the well-known Girl with a Pearl Earring by Johannes Vermeer, will be in conversation with Maria Mok, curator at Hong Kong Museum of Art, to give some insight into the history of the museum’s Golden Age collection. Similarly, Duncan Bull, the curator at Rijksmuseum, which just acquired one of Rembrandt’s first paintings, will present the evolution of the museum’s Golden Age collection. Dutch Days speaker Duncan Bull, a curator at Rijksmuseum Dutch Days speaker Cecile Bosman, a curator at the Het Scheepvaartmuseum On the other hand, Cécile Bosman, curator of the largest maritime museum in Europe, Het Scheepvaartmuseum, and Libby Chan, the Senior Curator at the Hong Kong Maritime Museum, will let the audience explore [...]

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    Crystal Universe. Photo courtesy of teamLab. Tokyo-based artists collaborative and interdisciplinary creative group, teamLab recently collaborated with ArtScience Museum to create a permanent exhibition titled Future World: Where Art Meets Science. This collective of ‘ultra-technologists’ gave Artitute an inside look into the making of this immersive display of digital art at its futuristic best. Could you share with us how teamLab came up with the concept for Future World? What is the artistic intention behind the work? Together with the amazing people at ArtScience Museum, we felt it was important to have works with science and education aspects combined with art. We intend to upgrade the exhibits and hope that, rather than visiting the exhibition just once, people will make repeated visits and in doing so, become more engaged with the works. In terms of the background, teamLab believes that the digital domain can expand art. We are exploring new relationships between people and art through a new digital language. The digital realm, free from physical constraints, allows for unlimited possibilities of expression and transformation. Digital technology is a tool for change and a platform to express complex ideas and details. Viewers and the environment take on a crucial role in defining [...]

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    The Singapore International Festival of Arts (SIFA) returns with its strongest focus yet on creating brand new works. With the attention back on the international arts scene, SIFA 2016 will present 20 productions for the main festival, with a record 15 that are new creations. The O.P.E.N. (Open, Participate, Engage, Negotiate), its pre-festival of ideas, will present 43 programmes, including a bumper 25 films.  Paradise Interrupted; Credit: Julia Lynn Photography Continuing the journey from past (2014, Legacies) to present (Post-Empires, 2015), the future is suggested by the 2016’s season which centres on the theme of POTENTIALITIES – the potential to develop in the future and transform society. “Potentialities is the in-between state between Potential and the actual realisation.  It is about this in-between state where the power of the unknown is taking shape and developing. That unknown gives forth to so many possibilities and that is the attraction,” said Ong. I Am LGBBy Loo Zihan, Ray Langenbach This year, SIFA moves towards becoming a creations Festival, where there are an increasing number of productions commissioned for the Festival. 15 new creations in total – the most yet – forming the majority of the SIFA line-up. These creations are from major artists from the international domain such as Milo [...]

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    If size was a measure of strength, neither Han Sai Por (b. 1943) nor Singapore would reckon for much. But like the little Red Dot which despite its physicality has established itself as an economic powerhouse, Singapore’s iconic sculptor, though petite in size, has also quietly worked her way to a formidable position in the art world through determination, passion and hard work. The 72 year old sculptor who first studied art via part-time courses at NAFA in the mid 70’s went on to do her degree in Fine Arts in the United Kingdom in 1979. Upon her return, she was chosen to be one of the first two art teachers at the Nanyang Girls High School’s newly established Art Elective Programme. Later, she also taught at Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts,  LASALLE College of Arts and National Institute of Education in Singapore  before becoming a full- time artist in 1996 at the age of 52. Physical Conseqence, 2004,Granite, National Museum of Singapore. Image courtesy the Artist Han’s works have been exhibited extensively, locally as well as internationally. She has participated in shows in Japan, Korea, China, India, Canada and Italy and was awarded Singapore’s highest cultural award, the Cultural [...]

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    Misty Copeland, New York City, 2015 ©Annie Leibovitz from WOMEN:New Portraits Commissioned by UBS, the exhibition of new photographs will open to the public on 29 April 2016 at Tanjong Pagar Railway Station.  WOMEN: New Portraits’, an exhibition of newly commissioned photographs by renowned photographer Annie Leibovitz will open to the public in Singapore on 29 April 2016 at Tanjong Pagar Railway Station as part of a 10-city global tour. Leibovitz’s new work is a continuation of a project that began over fifteen years ago when her most enduringly popular series of photographs, ‘Women’, was published in 1999.  Susan Sontag, with whom the original project was a collaboration, called it “a work in progress”. ‘WOMEN: New Portraits’ will reflect the changes in the roles of women today and will evolve over the coming year as a body of work. The new portraits feature women of outstanding achievement including artists, musicians, CEOs, politicians, writers and philanthropists. In addition to the new photographs, the exhibition includes work from the original series, as well as other unpublished photographs taken since. Annie Leibovitz, New York City, 2012 ©AnnieLeibovitz Annie Leibovitz said: “When I asked UBS about updating the WOMEN’s project there was no hesitation. [...]

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  • 04/20/16--22:06: Creative Weekend Workshop
  • An interactive course is for you to play with colors and to learn some acrylics technics. Enjoy creating while setting a good intention for yourself. Or for others, if you want to create a personal gift? How about doing a workshop together and helping each other set some good intentions? Patricia Cabaleiro believes that colors brighten your day. Colors can say good morning and ‘kick’ you out of the house with good intentions. Because this matters. It’s a two days workshop because the layers need to dry. Students will get to work on two small canvases at the same time. Colors theory, becoming acquainted with acrylics, stamping and stenciling will be used. All materials included. We also have aprons ready for you. Come and enjoy a wonderful afternoon at Wessex estate creating your own secret special message. Nobody needs to know what it is. It’s just for you! More at https://www.facebook.com/events/1797665057121119/

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      Following their new series The Mozartian Experience, ADDO Chamber Orchestra (ACO) continues to explore great works from legends of classical music from the lens of a chamber orchestra.  MasterWorks: MENDELSSOHN, BAKER, BEETHOVEN pays homage to the great Beethoven and his popular Pastoral Symphony and following its natural trait, ACO opens the concert with Mendelssohn’s Calm Sea and Prosperous Journey, where you will be brought along a sea-faring experience. ACO is privileged to feature double bass artist Li Xu on Michael Baker’s Contours for bass viol, harpsichord and strings.  Li Xu is currently based in China, and was previously performing with our Singapore Symphony Orchestra.  As special treat, Li Xu will be sharing with you on the development of the bass and will also be introducing a mini bass so small that it allows a child to start at a very young age. So come join us this concert in a cozy and intimate setting where you and your family could be closer to the orchestra allowing your children to see the orchestra in action at close range, a special treat for them whom are curious to catch a glimpse of musical instruments and how they sound and communicate within the orchestra. ADDO Chamber Orchestra [...]

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    Born to an Armenian family, Sharis Garabedian grew up and was educated in many different geographical areas in Middle East, Europe and United States of America. Hence, she absorbed multiple influences that play a major role in her art. Sharis is a multi talented artist, who successfully expresses herself through various media, from photography to ink on paper. The exhibition Meditative Imprint focuses on her drawings. The artist repetitively uses geometrical and angular shapes to create intricate patterns. With this spontaneous unplanned expression, Sharis reaches another level of consciousness. Almost a form of intuitive meditation, her drawings have naturally demonstrated themselves on a multitude of surfaces, be it paper, canvas, silk or obsidian stone. Sharis’ work is in the collection of Yerevan Modern Art Museum and the National Gallery of Armenia. She has many private collectors around the world. MEDITATIVE IMPRINT  by Sharis Garabedian 14 April – 15 May 2016 Intersections Art Gallery 34 Kandahar Street, Singapore 198892 Opening Hours Wednesday to Friday: 2pm to 7pm Saturday & Sunday: 1pm to 5pm Closed on Monday, Tuesday and Public Holiday

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  • 04/26/16--01:46: Walkabout
  • In dedication to JMDC’s celebration of its 10th Anniversary, the Artistic Director has been especially productive over the past 15 months – creating full-length concert dance works beginning in February of 2015 with Paper, which was followed in June by Drifter, in September by Walking on Air, in March 2016 with Dance is an Art, and now with Walkabout, which is our 5th full-length, original concert in this 10th Anniversary commemoration. Choreographed by Artistic Director, John Mead, Walkabout shares fundamental premises with the Australian Aboriginal coming of age ritual of the same name in which young adolescent boys spend six months alone in the wild fending for themselves and learning self-survival skills as a pathway for reaching maturity. Rather than parroting or expropriating this important cultural ritual from Australian aboriginal culture, JMDC’s Walkabout shares its more universal meaning – the discovery of self through the vicissitudes of the struggle for survival. The choreographer draws insightful parallels between this ancient ritual and the need for present day people to take the time to journey toward awareness, acceptance and celebration of self in an increasingly public world. Walkabout will surely enthral audiences with the vivacity of the JMDC dancers and the sensual [...]

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    Close-up Water Dripping sculpture. Photograph Courtesy of Sundaram Tagore Gallery. During the artist talk at Sundaram Tagore Gallery (STG) on 16 April, the Chinese sculptor Zheng Lu shared with the public views about his artistic process, inspiration and some of his concerns about contemporary art practice. For instance, the artist mentioned that in contemporary art fairs nowadays one cannot really tell from where an artist is really from just by looking at the work, without reading the labels. The growing influence of Western art makes it hard to spot the nationality and cultural identities of the artists through their work. This loss of identity is a major concern for the artist and in his search for uniqueness he tries to immerse into Chinese traditions. As he said, ‘if you are digging on the root of tradition, you will be saved from the current trend.’ Some of you may recall his work at Art Stage Singapore earlier this year. His huge water dripping stainless steel sculpture displayed there can now be seen at STG in Gillman Barracks, together with other pieces from Zheng Lu’s Water Dripping series. In the artist’s view, his sculptures respond dynamically to space instead of just sitting there [...]

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    Tertiary students are invited to submit their best ideas for furnishing solutions and products by 5 May ‘16 via IKEA.sg/YDA. The top-prize winner will be awarded a $1,500 cash prize and a trip to IKEA of Sweden.

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  • 04/28/16--23:10: A Beauty Centre
  • Local artist, Yeo Chee Kiong, presents his 3rd major solo exhibition in Singapore - A Beauty Centre.

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  • 05/03/16--06:01: Café by Joel Tan
  • Something terrible is happening in Singapore. It’s coming from the sky, from across the sea, from under our feet. Meanwhile, five people find themselves in a cafe in Singapore. Two customers talk obliviously about waffles, selfies and truffle fries while the three cafe staffers wait helplessly for their shift to finish as the calamity draws closer and closer, threatening to burst right through the windows. What does it mean to live comfortably in a world that’s never kept still? How do we remain in the world and make peace with it? Can we be nicer to wait staff? More questions than answers, and shot through with the ambivalence of living in modern Singapore, this is a play about the way we live and the things we hope for. “Café” is a new play written by Joel Tan, one of the two Headliner! playwrights for The Twenty-Something Theatre Festival 2016, which celebrates the creative spirit and voice of 20-something year old theatre makers in Singapore. Director: Chen Yingxuan Cast: Ellison Tan Yuyang, Erwin Shah Ismail, Jasmine Xie, Joshua Lim, Zee Wong Dates & Times: 16 June (Thurs), 8pm 17 June (Fri), 8pm 18 June (Sat), 3pm & 8pm 19 June (Sun), [...]

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  • 05/03/16--06:04: Hyper Japanesque
  • In conjunction with Super Japan – Japanese Festival of Arts Hyper Japanesque assembles eight Japanese artists whose works are modern interpretations of traditional art forms such as ceramics, print-making, sculpting, drawing and painting. The exhibition discusses how Japan and Singapore are hyper evolving countries with fast developing economies that have influenced the way cultures and traditions change with the times. This exhibition is co-curated by NPO Hexaproject and POLA Orbis Holdings Inc, together with Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay. 14 Apr–3 Jul Esplanade – Jendela (Visual Arts Space)

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      Where there is life, there is death, and where there is death, there is life. In Dancing with Death, award-winning choreographer Pichet Klunchun creates a space in-between these intertwined worlds where the material and immaterial meet, and where body and spirit exist in a state of kinetic freedom. Dancing with Death by Pichet Klunchun Dance Company This liminal world—and being—between the living and the dead was first experienced by Klunchun at the Thai folk festival and parade Phi Ta Khon, where locals don colourful masks and vibrant costumes to joyfully honour fertility and death. Here, death is not feared but celebrated, and dance is free, fluid and organic in expression. This inspired Klunchun to create a new physical vocabulary marrying the improvisational and intuitive nature of folk expression with his contemporary choreographic system based on classical Thai dance. Using this intricate movement language, six dancers, including Klunchun, navigate cyclical paths in a lyrical meditation negotiating human existence. In this realm, the “ghosting” of past dances, gestures and movements return time and again, like the haunting of spirits in the material world but also as manifestations of the material in the ether. Fast-rising fashion designer Piyaporn Bhongse Tong (Flynow) provides [...]

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  • 05/03/16--06:15: Esplanade Presents: Flipside
  • Offbeat, unconventional and zany — Flipside welcomes you to the lighter side of the arts! Flipside invites you to play and discover the arts from a refreshingly different and quirky perspective. Featuring a host of work by both Singapore and international artists, let loose and have fun at our 10-day festival featuring a variety of whimsical and wacky performances and workshops for all ages. (Ticketed and free programmes available!) Take an imaginative leap with us. Discover the arts through unexpected forms and spaces around Esplanade! www.esplanade.com/flipside

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    KUMARAJIVA 鸠摩罗什 (Mandarin with English surtitles) is a faithful re-telling of the journey and life of one of the most revered monks in Buddhist history

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    In 1987, 22 people were arrested by Singapore’s Internal Security Department, and accused of being involved in a Marxist conspiracy. Featuring interviews with ex-detainees and political exiles, the film focuses on the first 30 days of their ordeal. The ex-detainees describe in detail the physical and psychological torture techniques used by their interrogators. This ignoble history of the Internal Security Act is a damning indictment of how detention without trial is not just a special kind of law, but a suspension of law. Winner of the Best Southeast Asian Feature at Freedom Film Festival 2015. The film has been rated R21 by the Media Development Authority. Screenings are scheduled at The Projector on Sat, 21st May, 2.30 pm and Wed, 1st June, 8 pm. Updates on further screenings of the film. Interview with filmmaker.

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    An exciting opportunity for artists and photographers to have their work published by one of the largest fine art galleries in the US. The Greenwich Workshop is inviting photographers and artists to share their work under the #Greenwich_Mobile banner with a “can’t miss” opportunity. Following a period of voting, five winning images will be chosen and offered for sale through The Greenwich Workshop, Inc. worldwide dealer network, online and on Amazon.com “Remarkable work is being produced with smart phones and is worthy of decorating the walls in our homes.” says Vincent Grabowski, President of the Greenwich Workshop. The Greenwich Workshop Inc., a fine art publisher in Seymour Connecticut has been the leading seller and distributor of fine art and limited editions since 1972. “As a company we have seen the transformation technology has played in the creation and distribution of fine art, one of the most exciting contemporary trends being Mobile Photography.” Grabowski went on to say. If you create images on a smart phone or tablet, enter your best work for a chance to have your it published by The Greenwich Workshop Inc., one of the most respected names in the fine art industry for over 40 years. “We are [...]

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    This new exhibition at AC43 features 25 recent paintings by Chinese contemporary ink artist Li Jian Gang. The City I Breathe is the third solo exhibition in Singapore for the China-born artist, following two previous successful shows Urbanscape Nostalgia (2012) and The Lyricism of Solitude (2014). Born in Henan in 1954, Li Jian Gang specializes in the Chinese “da xieyi” (freehand) painting method of cityscapes. Known for his lively brushwork and sensitive expression with ink smudges, his paintings draw a sepia-toned or monochromatic palette that stretches the tonality of Chinese ink; at times furnished with colour washes that appear minimal yet fluorescent in effect. The solitude and spiritual pursuit arising from man’s quotidian struggle for a sense of place and belonging in a complex city is poetically epitomized in the lyrical and often atmospheric compositions of Li Jian Gang. Be it a striking city skyline or a contemplative “viewfinder” moment, his image elucidates an urban beauty tinged with wistful nostalgia. In an era where many Chinese artists struggle to express the modern-day life through the Chinese ink medium and traditional genres, Li Jian Gang stands out for his unique and progressive aesthetic approach. Exhibition Period: 3 – 12 June 2016 [...]

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