OPEN HOUSE & EXTENDED HOURS THIS FRI–SUN | 22–24 FEB

We will be having an Open House on the closing weekend of LIGHT TO NIGHT FESTIVAL: TRACES AND ECHOES. Enjoy FREE ADMISSION to all exhibitions including MINIMALISM: SPACE. LIGHT. OBJECT. There will also be extended hours to all exhibition galleries including concourse galleries on Fri & Sat from 10am–10pm. Come experience the festival before it closes! Click here to learn more

ZONE A: NATIONAL GALLERY SINGAPORE

ZONE A:
NATIONAL GALLERY SINGAPORE

Experience the power of participatory art through a series of specially commissioned works and immersive programmes!

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HIGHLIGHTS   PROGRAMMES: ART WEEK EDITION   PROGRAMMES: BICENTENNIAL EDITION   COMEDY FRIDAYS   MUSIC SATURDAYS

HIGHLIGHTS

EXTENDED OPENING HOURS

Light to Night: Traces and Echoes - Extended Opening Hours  

Fri–Sat | 25–26 Jan, 1–2 Feb

10am–10pm

National Gallery Singapore

 

The Gallery will open for extended hours on festival weekends! Spend a day being surrounded by art and culture as you explore the exhibitions and public art on display, as well as a slew of festival programming that will evoke a sense of wonder and memory at this year's Light to Night Festival: Traces and Echoes!

 

Admission fees to exhibitions may apply. Ticket sales end 30 minutes before closing time.

 

ART SKINS ON MONUMENTS

Light to Night: Traces and Echoes - Art Skins on Monuments  

18 Jan–24 Feb 2019

  • Sun–Thu 8–10pm
  • Fri–Sat 8pm–midnight

National Gallery Singapore, The Arts House, Asian Civilisations Museum, Victoria Theatre and Victoria Concert Hall

 

The biggest façade light show in Singapore, Art Skins on Monuments projects images created by artists, illustrators and multimedia designers on the facades of seven iconic buildings in the Civic District. Featuring a unique projection for each edition, The Odyssey will be displayed during the Art Week Edition and 7 Stories from 700 years during the Bicentennial Edition.

 

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FESTIVAL INFO HUB

Light to Night: Traces and Echoes - Zone A - Info Hub  

18 Jan–24 Feb 2019

City Hall Wing, Level B1, Auditorium Anteroom

 

This is your one-stop source for all information on Light to Night Festival's programmes and activities. Learn more about the historic and artistic inspirations behind the festival's facade projections and artworks, and orientate yourself with trails of the Civic District and its history.

 

SENSORIAL TRAIL BY SISSEL TOLAAS, ANDY CHIA AND TAL ISAAC HADAD

Light to Night: Traces and Echoes - Zone A - Sensorial Trail  

18 Jan–31 Mar 2019

Various Locations

 

Don't miss this series of intimate encounters with smell, sound and touch across seven sites in National Gallery Singapore!

 

Discover the unique smell of Singapore's youth in a work by renowned scent artist Sissel Tolaas; visualise your own compositions in a sound installation by Andy Chia; and see the relationship between the body and voice redefined in a performance piece by Tal Isaac Hadad.

 

TAL ISAAC HADAD'S RECITAL FOR MASSEUR, PERFORMANCE INSTALLATION

Light to Night: Traces and Echoes - Zone A - Recital For Masseur  

Fri–Sun 18–20 Jan 2019 | 2–6pm

Wed–Sun 23–27 Jan 2019 | 2–6pm

Wed–Sat 30 Jan–3 Feb 2019 | 2–6pm

Supreme Court Wing, Level 3, Supreme Court Foyer

 

French artist Tal Isaac Hadad incorporates the sense of touch and sound in the performance installation Recital for Masseur creating a new sensorial experience and redefine the relationship between body and voice. Recital for Masseur is a four-hour durational performance where singers and masseurs work together through an exchange, producing a new and unplanned acapella arrangement. It will be on view until 3 February.

 

Recital for Masseur is part of the Sensorial Trail. 

 

It was presented at the 2018 Sao Paulo Biennale and Opéra Orchestre National Montpellier Occitanie (2017).

 

Made possible by the Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth, and the Tote Board Group which comprises the Tote Board, Singapore Pools and Singapore Turf Club

 

THE REGENCY MADE ME BLIND BY GARY CARSLEY AND JEREMY CHU

Light to Night: Traces and Echoes - Zone A - The Regency Made Me Blind  

18 Jan–24 Feb 2019

City Hall Wing, Level 4, Stairway to Padang Deck

 

This collaborative project transforms the stairway leading to the Padang Deck into an immersive "garden". The garden is simulated with digitally composited images of five botanical gardens in Southeast Asia, printed onto roller blinds, vinyl and coloured photocopier paper.

 

THE MEMORY CONDUIT BY ZARCH COLLABORATIVES

Light to Night: Traces and Echoes - Zone A - The Memory Conduit  

28 Jan–24 Feb 2019

Sun–Thu | 8–10pm

Fri–Sat | 8pm–midnight

Facade of National Gallery Singapore, City Hall Wing

 

 

This installation is both a vessel containing Singapore's memories and a channel for social recollection. It takes the form of an organism that embodies Singapore's history, dynamically changing in response to lively action from its audience.

 

OUR MEMORIES OF THE CIVIC DISTRICT

Light to Night: Traces and Echoes - Zone A - Our Memories of the Civic District  

28 Jan–24 Feb 2019

Padang Atrium

 

Rediscover the Civic District of yesteryear through a multimedia wall of nostalgic, personal and archival photographs.

 

Image: Courtesy of the National Museum of Singapore, National Heritage Board

 


PROGRAMMES: ART WEEK EDITION

 

Light to Night: Traces and Echoes - Zone A -  Sensorial Trail Panel Discussion

 

SENSORIAL TRAIL PANEL DISCUSSION

• Sat | 19 Jan 2019

• 3–4pm

• Supreme Court Wing, Level 5, Glass Room

 

Get up close and personal with the Sensorial Trail artists–Sissel Tolaas, Andy Chia and Tal Isaac Hadad and discover the creative process behind their installations. Moderated by Kathleen Reen, Director of Public Policy and Philanthrophy at Twitter.

 

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Light to Night: Traces and Echoes - Zone A - Margaret Leng Tan - Minmalism Redux

 

MINIMALISM REDUX BY MARGARET LENG TAN

• Wed & Thu | 23 & 24 Jan 2019

• 7.30–10pm

• City Hall Wing, Level 2, Singapore Courtyard

 

Margaret Leng Tan is one of the foremost interpreters of John Cage's music and a leading figure in experimental music. Enjoy her piano renditions of key Minimalist music pieces never before performed in Asia.

 

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Photo: Yvonne Tan

 

Light to Night: Traces and Echoes - Zone A - Toy Piano Performance and Talk by Margaret Leng Tan

 

TOY, TOY, TOY! TOY PIANO PERFORMANCE AND TALK BY MARGARET LENG TAN

• Sat | 26 Jan 2019

• 3–4.15pm

• City Hall Wing, Level B1, The Ngee Ann Kongsi Auditorium

 

Learn more about Margaret Leng Tan's groundbreaking practice which has established her as the world's first toy piano virtuoso.

 

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Margaret Leng Tan performs a John Cage memorial tribute at the 1993 Serious Fun! Festival, Lincoln Centre, New York. © Jack Vartoogian/FrontRowPhotos; courtesy of Margaret Leng Tan and Jack Vartoogian.

 

Light to Night: Traces and Echoes - Zone A - The Incredible 5 Series

 

THE INCREDIBLE 5 SERIES

• Fri–Sat | 25–26 Jan 2019

• 5–5.30pm, 5.30–6pm, 6–6.30pm

Tour registration at the Festival Info Hub

 

Reimagine Singapore's past on a docent-led tour of five artworks that evoke your senses.

 

Light to Night: Traces and Echoes - Zone A - Civic District Special Tour

 

CIVIC DISTRICT SPECIAL TOURS: TRACES AND PLACES

• Fri–Sat | 25–26 Jan 2019

• 5–5.30pm, 6.30–7pm

• Tour registration at the Festival Info Hub

 

Trace the history of iconic monuments in the Civic District through art, architectural tales and anecdotes.

 

 

 

 

 


PROGRAMMES: BICENTENNIAL EDITION

 

Light to Night: Traces and Echoes - Zone A - Shadows in the Walls

 

SHADOWS IN THE WALLS BY GROUND Z-0

• 29–31 Jan, 7 Feb, 11–14 Feb, 18–21 Feb

• 7.30–8.30pm, 9–10pm

• $20

Various locations

 

Join us on an exciting after-hours adventure and uncover tales hidden within the Gallery's magnificent building As you travel through its passageways, encounter a host of characters from the past–from those who had a hand in designing and building the City Hall and the former Supreme Court, to significant historical figures who inhabited the space in all its former glory.

 

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Light to Night: Traces and Echoes - Zone A - Julian Wong

 

JULIAN WONG

• 1–2 Feb 2019

• 8.30–9.05pm

• Padang Atrium

 

Enjoy a special live performance accompanying the multimedia facade projection at the Padang Atrium. Julian Wong will perform Zubir Said's classic songs, alongside musicians Riduan Zalani (percussion), Ryan Sim (cello), Leonard Mikhail (guitar) and vocalists Hannah Nordin, Esther Ho and Hafidz Abdul Rahman.

 

Light to Night: Traces and Echoes - Zone A - The Incredible 5 Series

THE INCREDIBLE 5 SERIES

• Fri–Sat | 1–2 Feb 2019

• 5–5.30pm, 5.30–6pm, 6–6.30pm

Tour registration at the Festival Info Hub

 

Reimagine Singapore's past on a docent-led tour of five artworks that evoke your senses.

 

Light to Night: Traces and Echoes - Zone A - Civic District Special Tour

 

CIVIC DISTRICT SPECIAL TOURS: TRACES AND PLACES

• Fri–Sat | 1–2 Feb 2019

• 5–5.30pm, 6.30–7pm

• Tour registration at the Festival Info Hub

 

Trace the history of iconic monuments in the Civic District through art, architectural tales and anecdotes.

 

 

Light to Night: Traces and Echoes - Zone A - Eye/Feel/Write

 

EYE/FEEL/WRITE IV: THE LIGHT BETWEEN OBJECTS

• Sat | 24 Feb 2019

4–5.30pm

• City Hall Wing, Level 3, City Hall Chamber

 

Writers and spoken word artists read and discuss their works in response to the exhibition Minimalism: Space. Light. Object. This reading is organised in collaboration with Words Go Round, an outreach programme by the Singapore Writers Festival.

 

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COMEDY FRIDAYS

 

Light to Night: Traces and Echoes - Zone A - Comedy Fridays - Kumar

 

KUMAR

• 25 Jan 2019

• 10–10.30pm

• Padang Atrium

 

Kumar is a Singaporean comedian and television host, actor and drag queen. The veteran entertainer has won over audiences in humourous television and film appearances as well as a multitude of one-man stand-up comedy shows.

 

Light to Night: Traces and Echoes - Zone A - Comedy Fridays - Hirzi

 

HIRZI

• 1 Feb 2019

• 10–10.30pm

• Padang Atrium

 

Hirzi Zukifilie is a Singaporean stand-up comedian, actor, director, writer and YouTube artist.

 


MUSIC SATURDAYS

 

Light to Night: Traces and Echoes - Zone A - Music Saturdays - The Sam Willows

 

THE SAM WILLOWS

• Sat 26 Jan 2019

• 10–10.30pm

• Padang Atrium

 

Multi-award winning and Platinum-certified band The Sam Willows are homegrown heroes. Since forming in 2012, they have racked up over 20.2 million streams on Spotify and more than 6 million views on YouTube.

 

Light to Night: Traces and Echoes - Zone A - Music Saturdays - Charlie Lim

 

CHARLIE LIM

• Sat 2 Feb 2019

• 10–10.30pm

• Padang Atrium

 

Singapore-songwriter Charlie Lim straddles acoustic melancholia, post-rock, neo-soul and electronic pop. His music takes audiences on a sonic journey through life's rich narratives.

 


EXHIBITIONS ON VIEW

Embark on an immersive art and history journey during the festival's extended opening hours!

 

National Gallery Singapore - Exhibitions - Minimalism: Space. Light. Object.

 

MINIMALISM: SPACE. LIGHT. OBJECT.

• 16 Nov 2018–14 Apr 2019

• Singtel Special Exhibition Gallery

 

This exhibition looks at the emergence, development and legacies of Minimalism from the 1950s to the present day. It features major works by over 60 artists, including Donald Judd, Mark Rothko, Mona Hatoum, Anish Kapoor, Ai Weiwei, Olafur Eliasson and Haegue Yang.

 

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National Gallery Singapore - Exhibitions - Wu Guanzhong: Expressions of Pen and Paper

 

WU GUANZHONG: EXPRESSIONS OF PEN & PALETTE

• 31 Aug 2018–29 Sep 2019

• Wu Guanzhong Gallery

 

Commemorating the centennial year of the artist's birth, this exhibition explores Wu Guanzhong's favourite artistic themes, as well as his artistic creations and literary writing in this coming together of his major works from Singapore's National Collection and a key Southeast Asian private collection.

 

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National Gallery Singapore - Exhibitions - Lim Cheng Hoe: Painting Singapore

 

LIM CHENG HOE: PAINTING SINGAPORE

• 2 Aug 2018–9 Jun 2019

• Level 4 Gallery

 

This exhibition features over 60 artworks, sketches and archival materials that highlight Lim Cheng Hoe's mastery of outdoor watercolour landscape painting.

 

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National Gallery Singapore - Exhibitions - Siapa Nama Kamu?

 

SIAPA NAMA KAMU? ART IN SINGAPORE SINCE THE 19TH CENTURY

• Ongoing

• DBS Singapore Gallery

 

Asking “What is your name?” this inaugural exhibition invites visitors to consider how art may relate to issues of self and community, and what it means to look at Singapore through its art.

 

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National Gallery Singapore - Exhibitions - Between Declarations and Dreams

 

BETWEEN DECLARATIONS AND DREAMS: ART IN SOUTHEAST ASIA SINCE THE 19TH CENTURY

• Ongoing

• UOB Southeast Asia Gallery

 

A powerful exhibition that looks at Southeast Asian art’s continuous encounter with the new, and how artists negotiated meaning and expression.

 

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National Gallery Singapore - Exhibitions - Law of the Land

 

LAW OF THE LAND: HIGHLIGHTS OF SINGAPORE'S CONSTITUTIONAL DOCUMENTS

• Ongoing

• Chief Justice's Chamber and Office

 

Organised by the National Archives of Singapore (NAS) and the National Library Board (NLB), this exhibition explores the history of Singapore’s constitutional development from 1819 to 1965.

 

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