February 25, 2016

It’s exhibition season, for all you art buffs out there. Think photography, pop art, and a whole lot of aesthetic activism.


Rolling the Dice of History: Nobuaki Takekawa

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Following the success of his first solo show in Singapore in 2013, Japanese artist Nobuaki Takekawa has returned with a second exhibition showcasing his latest works – particularly, with a socio-political focus. Known perhaps for his artistic commentaries on critical social and political issues in Japan, Takekawa’s work centres impressively on presenting these problems in an imaginative way. Take his recent acrylic panting, “HONESTY” (2015) – a depiction of the Monopoly board game we all know and love, but with tongue-in-cheek details to portray the dynamic history of capitalism. Be sure to catch the rest of his powerfully entertaining exhibition that promises you’ll leave with newfound perspective on Japan.



Date: 12 February to 26 March 2016
Venue: Gillman Barracks
Admission: Free


‘B-Side and Rarities’ Pop-Up Studio by Jahan Loh

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Get your art fart on this weekend, with homegrown contemporary artist Jahan Loh at his pop-up studio and solo art exhibition. Named after the “B-side”, or reverse side, of phonograph records, B-Side and Rarities was born from a “behind-the-scenes” concept inviting audiences into the rarely perceived artist’s mind. As such, visitors can look forward to physically navigating a replica of Loh’s actual workspace, complete with past works and personal beloved collectibles – to better understand the creative process and witness an artist at work. Look out for Loh’s signature pop-art touches, that can be found translated into fashion in the form of sneakers, apparel, and toys. And if you like what you see, chances are you’ll be able to pick up a copy of it at the pop-up store as well.


Date: 18 February to 2 March 2016
Venue: Ion Art Gallery
Admission: Free



Stories That Matter: Workshops and talks by VII Photographers and Screenings

Happily Ever After by Shaun Neo

This one’s for the photography enthusiasts – Stories That Matter is a series of exclusive screenings and workshops that take a closer look at societal and cultural issues, via the photography and film medium. Featuring a mix of short and feature local and international films, Stories That Matter is all about creating awareness and dialogue about the meta and micro stories that impact the world around us. Look out for recent local releases too, such as Singapore Minstrel by Ng Xi Jie, and Happily Ever After by Shaun Neo. A treat for budding filmmakers –don’t miss out on gleaning expertise and tips firsthand from photographers of the renowned VII Photo Agency. The select workshops and talks will cover prime areas in narrative building, documentary photography and filmmaking, and advocacy through photography.


Date: 5 March to 12 March 2016
Venue: Chapel Gallery, Objectifs (Screenings)
Admission: Entry by donation (Screenings); $320 to $1120 (Specialty Workshops)
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Five Trees Make A Forest


It’s back to the classics with watercolour prints by Singaporean artist Donna Ong. Five Trees Make A Forest is a visual exploration of how colonial tropes impact and interact with the production of tropical landscapes – made almost ethereal by Ong’s deft hand. With a focus on colonial paintings and illustrations, the exhibition will feature lithographic (ie. old-school print) reproductions from Ong’s personal collection of antique prints, acquired from her travels; as well as works of Charles Dyce from the NUS Museum’s collection. Keep your eyes peeled for the 35 watercolour paintings, and a 22-page handwritten manuscript –illustrating Dyce’s voyage and residence in Singapore, Malacca, Penang and Batavia during the mid-19th century colonial era. You’ll probably never be able to look at a plant in the same way again.


Date: 10 March to 4 September 2016
Venue: NUS Museum
Admission: Free