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ART FOR EVERYONE

Explore the vibrant arts and culture of the Civic District at these Open Houses and special installations!

NATIONAL GALLERY SINGAPORE (ZONE A)

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GALLERY CHILDREN'S BIENNALE: DREAMS & STORIES | INDOOR EXHIBITION
20 May–8 Oct 2017
General Admission Rules Apply

 

Calling the young and the young at heart! The first edition of Gallery Children's Biennale invites you to discover art in a whole new way. Explore dreams and stories through site-specific installations, interactive artworks and a stimulating line-up of music performances, film showcases and art-inspired programmes.

Image: Yayoi Kusama. The Obliteration Room. 2002 to present. Installation view. Collaboration between Yayoi Kusama and Queensland Art Gallery. Commissioned Queensland Art Gallery, Australia. Gift of the artist through the Queensland Art Gallery Foundation 2012. Collection: Queensland Art Gallery. Photograph: Katie Bennett. Image courtesy: QAGOMA
 
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YAYOI  KUSAMA: LIFE IS THE HEART OF A RAINBOW | INDOOR EXHIBITION
9 Jun–3 Sep 2017
Paid Exhibition
 

Yayoi Kusama is one of the world's most influential artists and has played a crucial role in key art movements of the 20th and 21st centuries. The first major survey of her work in Southeast Asia, this exhibition focuses on the immersive and expansive nature of her practice. Discover Kusama's creative vision through paintings, sculptures, videos and installations from the 1950s to the present, including works never shown before.

Yayoi Kusama. Infinity Mirrored Room – Gleaming Lights of the Souls. 2008. Mirrors, wooden panels, LED lights, metal, acrylic panels. 287.4 x 415 × 415 cm. ©YAYOI KUSAMA. Courtesy of Ota Fine Arts, Tokyo/Singapore, Victoria Miro Gallery, London.

 
Civic District Outdoor Festival Art Exhibition Listening To Architecture  
LISTENING TO ARCHITECTURE: THE GALLERY'S HISTORIES AND TRANSFORMATIONS | INDOOR EXHIBITION
Free Admission
 

The inaugural exhibition at the ArchiGallery offers insights into the enduring histories and architectural designs of the City Hall and former Supreme Court buildings as well as their dramatic transformations into a home for modern Southeast Asian art. Featuring never-before-seen artifacts excavated from the Gallery's grounds and a commissioned sonic artwork by artist Zai Tang, the exhibition draws on the historical, social and spatial memories created in these buildings.

 
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SIAPA NAMA KAMU? | INDOOR EXHIBITION
General Admission Rules Apply
 

"Siapa Nama Kamu?" means "What is your name?"The inaugural exhibition of the DBS Singapore Gallery poses this question, inviting visitors to consider how art may relate to issues of self and community, and what it means to look at Singapore through its art. Siapa Kama Namu? waves a rich and captivating narrative of artworks that covers Singapore's art history and evolution from the 19th century to the present day. 

Georgette Chen. Lotus in a Breeze. c, 1970. Gift of Lee Foundation.

 
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BETWEEN DECLARATIONS AND DREAMS: ART OF SOUTHEAST ASIA SINCE THE 19TH CENTURY | INDOOR EXHIBITION
General Admission Rules Apply
 

Housed in the former Supreme Court building, the UOB Southeast Asia Gallery presents an exhibition of the art of Southeast Asia through shared artistic impulses across the region. Starting in the 19th century, the history of Southeast Asian art is characterised by a continuous encounter with the new and is inseparably linked to the region's tumultuous social and political history. The meaning and expression of art was constantly negotiated as artists of Southeast Asia sought to incorporate and reinvent local expressions and aesthetics traditions as they grappled with modernity.  

Raden Saleh. Wounded Lion. c. 1839.

ASIAN CIVILISATONS MUSEUM (ZONE E)

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GHOST NETS OF THE OCEAN | INDOOR EXHIBITION
1 Jun–6 Aug 2017
Free Admission

 

Featuring fish, turtles, squid and jellyfish made from ocean debris, including abandoned fishing nets and recycled plastics, Ghost Nets of the Ocean is a spectacular marine-themed exhibition created by indigenous and non-indigenous artists from Erub Arts on Darnley Island, Torres Strait, Australia. These colourful woven sculptures suspended and dramatically lit throughout the gallary show the people's connection to the sea and strive to generate awareness on ocean pollution, recyling, and conservation of the marine environment.

 
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TINY TURTLES PROJECT | OUTDOOR EXHIBITION
1 Jun–6 Aug 2017
Free Admission
 

Ghost Nets of the Ocean is complemented by Tiny Turtles, artworks resulting from a collaboration between Torres Strait schools and local, international and special needs students in Singapore. Supported by the Australian High Commission, the exhibitions are part of the Asian Civilisations Museum's Children's Season 2017

THE ARTS HOUSE (ZONE C)

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THE TIME VORTEX BY ADELINE LOO | OUTDOOR INSTALLATION

Free Admission

The Time Vortex is an installation by maker Adeline Loo of knitting outfit "It takes Balls".  Heavily influenced by science fiction and the idea of time travel, Loo responds to the festivals' theme of "When time stood still" with her own version of a time tunnel. Comprising of strings forming a vortex, this multi stringed structure of trans-dimensional planes encourages the viewer to explore the notion of time stopping, much like when the characters Hemera and Aether left the cosmic clock at a stand still.   

 
Civic District Outdoor Festival Art Exhibition Lee Foo Chee  
LEE FOOK CHEE: SON OF SINGAPORE, PHOTOGRAPHER OF HONG KONG
4 Aug–3 Sep 2017
Free Admission
 

Presented in celebration of the 20th anniversary of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, this exhibition showcases over 50 stunning images captured by Singaporean-born Lee Fook Chee during the 1950s – spanning his early years in Hong Kong as a young immigrant, as well as daily life and places throughout the city state.