6 Must-See Art Exhibitions in Singapore in August 2020

As the Singapore art scene begins to grapple with the new normal, here are several exhibitions to see this August!

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In a world irrevocably transformed by the COVID-19 pandemic, how has our ways of living changed? As an unprecedented collective response, “Proposals for Novel Ways of Being” will see 12 local art institutions, independent art spaces and collectives join forces with over 170 local artists and cultural workers to present a wide range of art experiences that explore the changes brought about by this pandemic, and imagine new possibilities for the future. Exhibitions and programmes for “Proposals for Novel Ways of Being” will open between August 2020 and February 2021. Find out more through our link in bio! #SingaporeArtMuseum #NovelWaysOfBeing #SGCultureAnywhere #MuseumMonday

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Aug 2020 – Feb 2021 Proposals for Novel Ways of Being

Venue: LASALLE’s Institute of Contemporary Arts Singapore, Singapore Art Museum, National Gallery Singapore, National Museum of Singapore, ADM Gallery, NTU School of Art, Design and Media, NTU Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore, STPI, Coda Culture, Grey Projects, INTER-MISSION, The Substation, soft/WALL/studs

Artist: To be Announced

Category: Art Gallery Exhibition


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We are pleased to announce that we will be re-opening our doors on Thursday, 16 July 2020! We will feature works by John Clang, Jimmy Ong, Wyn-Lyn Tan, Sebastian Mary Tay, Ian Woo, and Syagini Ratna Wulan. While the physical space resumes operations as usual, we hope to continue connecting with you online as we seek new ways that allow you to experience and explore the artworks by the artists whom we exhibit and represent – even from the comforts of your home. In the meantime, we look forward to personally welcoming you back to FOST Gallery and getting reacquainted! #fostgallery #reacquainted #gillmanbarracks #art #exhibition #johnclang #jimmyong #wynlyntan #sebastianmarytay #ianwoo #syaginiratnawulan

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Jul 16 – Aug 30, 2020 Reacquainted

Venue: FOST Gallery

Artist: John Clang, Jimmy Ong, Syagini Ratna Wulan, Wyn-Lyn Tan, Sebastian Mary Tay, Ian Woo

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We are thrilled to share that our Singapore gallery @gillmanbarracks is now open by appointment. We’ve just hung a new summer show of work by gallery artists. To see the work, click the link in our bio. To arrange a private viewing, please call us at (+65) 6694 3378. We’ve missed you! . We are busy planning an exciting roster of Singapore exhibitions for fall and winter, including a brand-new series of waterfall and cliff paintings in vivid color and platinum pigments by the renowned artist Hiroshi Senju. Stay tuned. . Pictured, from left to right: . (1) Aggregation by Chun Kwang Young, painting by Jane Lee . (2) Sculpture by Zheng Lu, paintings by Ricardo Mazal . (3) Aggregation by Chun Kwang Young, photograph by Karen Knorr . (4) Work by Ricardo Mazal and Kim Jaeil . #sundaramtagoregallery #gillmanbarracks #sculpturalpainting #contemporaryinstallation #singaporegallery #privateview #artkeepsgoing #ocula #oiloncanvas #painting #contemporaryart #globalart #singapore #singapore🇸🇬

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Jul 9 – Sep 7, 2020 Group Show

Venue: Sundaram Tagore Gallery

Artist: Ricardo Mazal, Jane Lee, Zheng Lu, Karen Knorr, Golnaz Fathi, Chun Kwang Young, Kim Jaeil, Miya Ando

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Upcoming at Yavuz Gallery Singapore: Po Po, “Primeval Codes” ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ We are incredibly honoured to announce Po Po in his second solo exhibition with the gallery. A visionary artist who brought something truly new in concept and execution to an isolated country’s latent art scene in the 1980s, the acclaimed Myanmar artist will open “Primeval Codes” in Singapore on 24 July 2020. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ “Primeval Codes” consists of painting and installation works conceptualised in the late 1980s and realised over the past two decades. This body of work is based upon original signs and symbols in primeval written language that the artist started to learn from the 1980s, such as those found in ancient stone inscriptions of the Pyu, Bagan, Inwa and Pinya periods in Myanmar. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ A multidisciplinary artist, Po Po’s conceptual works weave between painting, assemblage, installation and performance. He was amongst the first Myanmar artist to exhibit abroad in the 1990s; and has since showcased works across Asia and Europe, including at the National Gallery Singapore, Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, Queensland Art Gallery Gallery of Modern Art, Mori Art Museum, amongst others. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Image: Po Po, ‘Unknowable’, 1988 / 2020, oil on canvas and engraved wood, 91 x 92 x 5 cm ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #popo #popoartist #primevalcodes #yavuzgallery #yavuzgalleryartist #upcomingexhibition #myanmarart #myanmarartist #contemporaryart #burmeseart #burmeseartist #gillmanbarracks

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Jul 24 – Aug 29, 2020 Primeval Codes

Venue: Yavuz Gallery

Artist: Po Po

Category: Art Gallery Exhibition


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Ota Fine Arts Singapore is delighted to announce the re-opening of our gallery at Gillman Barracks, from 23 June. Catch our exhibition “Post Art Fair” if you had missed it before the circuit breaker! The show will be up till 28 June, with hygiene measures in place. Come by to say hi and check out the artworks by Maria Farrar, Chris Huen, Hilmi Johandi, Yayoi Kusama, Nobuaki Takekawa and Guo-Liang Tan. 😊⁣ ⁣ Up next: Japanese artist, Tomoko Kashiki's second solo exhibition in Singapore starting from 2 July, stay tuned!⁣ ⁣ -⁣ ⁣ Image: Chris Huen, Joel and Haze, 2019, Oil on canvas, 200 x 320 cm⁣ ⁣ #otafinearts #otafineartssingapore #gillmanbarracks #postartfair #yayoikusama #mariafarrar #chrishuen #hilmijohandi #nobuakitakekawa #guoliangtan

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Aug 22, 2020 – Oct 3, 2020 Flowers Wilting in a New Day

Venue: Ota Fine Arts

Artist: Chris Huen

Category: Art Gallery Exhibition


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Featured #artwork : #cheongsoopieng , Blue Landscape (Kelong), Undated, #oilpainting on canvas, 50.5 x 74.5 cm • With #ndp2020 celebrations and the long weekend around the corner, we’re taking the time to slow down and lose ourselves in the expansive nature of art. An oasis of calm, this canvas work by Singapore pioneer artist Cheong Soo Pieng is a beguiling mixture of liberating lines and cool colour tones. Experience ‘Blue Landscape (Kelong)’ and other creative imaginings of early Singapore by Cheong Soo Pieng this National Day @artcommunegallery 🇸🇬🇸🇬🇸🇬 Our operating hours have not changed; we’re open 12-7pm daily so do pop by for that much-needed weekend redux! 🖼🛁 #cheongsoopieng #ambitionfororiginality #artcommunegallery

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Aug 1 – 16, 2020 Ambition for Originality

Venue: artcommune gallery

Artist: Cheong Soo Pieng

Category: Art Gallery Exhibition



Art vs Tech: Virtual Reality is the Future in Art

Have you ever thought about what immersive Virtual Reality (VR) technology can do to transform the creative process and viewing experience of art?

Back in 2014, Mark Zuckerberg, founder of the social media giant Facebook, announced the acquisition of ground-breaking Oculus VR.  Several big companies also launched VR headsets subsequently, whereas software company Adobe revealed virtual reality creative tools. The buzz generated caused tech experts to call the year 2016 as “The Year of Virtual Reality,” only to find that the price point is still too high for the technology to reach every nook and cranny of people’s lives.

Within the last two years, art institutions like K11 Art Foundation presented a number of virtual reality shows to the general public, such as “Electric Vibes” in 2016. Meanwhile, earlier this year at the Swiss mega-fair Art Basel Hong Kong 2017, we see a collaboration with Google Arts and Culture, which encouraged established artists to experiment with Google Tilt Brush in their artistic process.

Art Exhibitions

Let’s take a look at 2 art exhibitions which utilize virtual reality as their medium:

Art becomes virtual reality: Chinese artist Lin Yilin teams up with Nonny de la Peña, the ‘godmother of VR’
Art becomes virtual reality: Chinese artist Lin Yilin teams up with Nonny de la Peña, the ‘godmother of VR’

1. Chinese artist Lin Yilin teams up with Nonny de la Peña, the ‘godmother of VR,’ to enable visitors to attempt building a slow moving wall across a busy road in China as buses, trucks, cars and motorbikes swerve around them.

Royal Academy of Arts Virtually Real Exhibition Video "What it's like to make art in virtual reality"
Royal Academy of Arts Virtually Real Exhibition Video “What it’s like to make art in virtual reality”

2. Students from RA Schools of Royal Academy of Arts create works of art using virtual reality technology.

VR Events

Recently, “The Art of VR” was held at Sotheby’s from June 22-23, 2017 in New York. The event, in collaboration with VR Society of Hollywood, featured over 30 exhibitors.

Sotheby's The Art of VR New York in collaboration with VR Society Hollywood
Sotheby’s The Art of VR New York

Last but not least, let’s take a look at a TED talk about how virtual reality can be used as a storytelling tool to bridge the gap between the storyteller and their audience.

TED Talks video "The birth of virtual reality as an art form" featuring Google Cardboard VR
TED Talks video “The birth of virtual reality as an art form” featuring Google Cardboard VR

TED talk The birth of virtual reality as an art form showcases the relationship between music, art and immersive VR technology in the process of delivering mind-blowing and touching stories to the solitary or collective audience.

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