Art Exhibits and Events in Singapore to See This January

Missed ART SG? Art Exhibits and Events in Singapore to See This January

Did you miss ART SG, Southeast Asia's largest art fair, from Jan. 12-15? Don't fret. The advantage of being in Singapore is that manifold forms of art are accessible at any given time. It wouldn't be considered one of Asia's art hubs for nothing.

This end of January and beyond, get your dose of art by checking out these art exhibits and installations, as well as a film seminar and concert, around the city-state!

Film Seminar Series: Comedy at Objectifs

Have you ever wondered how comedy for TV is written? This film seminar on comedy is part of Objectifs — Centre for Photography and Film's series to give you an insider's look into the art of comedy writing. Priced at S$80, the workshop will be conducted on Jan. 26 by Lillian Wang as the instructor over a two and-a-half-hour session where you'll learn about comparative examples of local and international TV comedies, comedy formats, common tropes and subversions, and, of course, how to write comedy. While this seminar is recommended for those with basic knowledge of scriptwriting, experience is not required for you to participate. You can register here.

Location: Objectifs — Centre for Photography and Film, 155 Middle Road

'Wayang Spaceship' Installation at the Singapore Art Museum 

The "Wayang Spaceship" installation by Ming Wong landed in Singapore last July 2022. Catch its last days at the Singapore Art Museum (SAM) until Jan. 31 around dusk time. During the day, the spaceship is "seemingly dormant," but comes alive as a wandering Chinese theatre at night, as it plays a symphony of light, sound, and film for the public. This installation was commissioned by The Everyday Museum, a public art initiative by SAM. You can find it at Container Bay at the rear entrance of the museum at Tanjong Pagar Distripark.

Location: Singapore Art Museum, 39 Keppel Road, #01-02 Tanjong Pagar Distripark

'Boh Beh Zao: Dialect Illustrations' at the Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre

This exhibit by Kuan Eng came to be when he was trying to teach his 6-year-old nephew how to speak Hokkien, which brought back to life Kuan's interest in Singaporean dialects. "Boh Beh Zao: Dialect Illustrations" traverses Kuan's art from his first dialect books; he, at present, has published 11 books on dialects. The dialects for this exhibit include Hokkien, Teochew, Cantonese, Hakka, and Hainanese, respectively. It is recommended for visitors of all ages, especially those with interests in linguistics and culture. It is on view until Jan. 31 only, so make sure you don't miss it!

Location: Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre, 1 Straits Boulevard

Concerto3 With re:Sound

Classical music lovers, this one's for you! This three-concerto performance on Jan. 28 with re:Sound features Qin Li-Wei and Liu Jiaqi on the cello and Yang Shuxiang as leader. The programme comprises three concertos, mainly Antonio Vivaldi's "Concerto for 2 Cellos in G minor, RV 531," Grażyna Bacewicz's "Concerto for String Orchestra," and Joseph Haydn's "Cello Concerto No. 1 in C major." The programme is expected to run for 90 minutes, with a 20-minute intermission. Tickets range from S$28-S$38 and can be purchased on SISTIC.

Location: Yong Siew Toh Conservatory Concert Hall, National University of Singapore, 3 Conservatory Drive

'Soo Bin — Life of Art, Art of Life' Exhibit at Objectifs

This exhibit is Singaporean photographer Chua Soo Bin's first during the post-pandemic era. Also held at Objectifs along Middle Road, "Life of Art, Art of Life" presents a full-colour book and exhibit that traverse Chua's life and practice as a photographer, including his philosophies. These include photos from the 1950s to the '60s when he practiced "salon photography," to advertising and professional campaigns from the '70s to the '80s, and his magnum opus, the Legends suite, from 1984-1988 and which includes photos of 14 Chinese ink masters. Lastly, the exhibit also features his time as a gallerist-art dealer in the '90s and his creative practice today.

If you wish to be awed by 90 years of artistic practice from one of Singapores' multihyphenate artists, then this exhibit should be on your list. It is on view at Objectifs until March 26!

Location: Objectifs, 155 Middle Road

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