See a Colourful Exhibition at Gardens By The Bay or Catch Kebaya Homies at The Esplanade This Week
1/5 S.E.A. Focus
What S.E.A. Focus returns for its second edition at this year's Singapore Art Week to showcase the region's dynamic and vibrant art scene and contemporary works from 20 leading Singapore- and Southeast Asia-based galleries. It also includes talks that will be held at the Gillman Barracks by prominent museum directors and renowned curators, including Mae Anderson, chairman of Art Outreach, who seek to discuss key topics relevant to the art community in the region.
Expect works from Luke Heng and Yanyun Chen, represented by Yavuz Gallery and Art Porters Gallery respectively, as well as Thai artist Pinaree Sanpitak and Indonesian artist Melati Suryodarmo, among many others.
When January 16 till 19
(Relevant: What To Do At Singapore Art Week 2020)
2/5 Kebaya Homies
What This theatre production of Kebaya Homies starring veteran actors Siti Khalijah Zainal and Aidli Mosbit will transport audiences to the 1960s and into the future, where Malay history and culture are weaved through a playful musical narrative, interspersed with excerpts of plays—both past and present—by Singapore playwright, Haresh Sharma. Held at the Esplanade Annexe Studio, for six shows only.
When January 15 till 19
3/5 Bon Iver - Live in Singapore
What Fans of American indie folk band Bon Iver might want to save this date. The indie outfit will take the stage for one night only at The Star Theatre performing tracks from their fourth album, i,i, following their sold-out debut show back in 2016.
When January 17
(Relevant: 5 Minutes With... Pioneer Performance Artist Amanda Heng)
4/5 #futuretogether exhibition
What If you had taken a stroll around the Gardens by the Bay recently after sunset, you might have noticed the colourful ovoid-shaped sculptures on the Dragonfly Lake, shining brightly in unison with the trees lined along the area. This is Tokyo-based digital artist collective, teamLab's most recent immersive art installation in the city, as part of its larger #futuretogether exhibition which features both indoor and outdoor experiences in collaboration with Singapore's Gardens by the Bay.
Another outdoor installation to note is Flowers and People, where a vivid projection of seasonal blooms will be screened on a giant lattice and rendered different based on the way the public interacts with it. Move around and the flowers will scatter; remain still and they will bloom more abundantly than usual.
When Till March 15
5/5 浮槎 Fú Chá exhibition
What This outdoor installation by leading Chinese contemporary artist, Cao Fei, is the fourth commission of the National Gallery Singapore's Ng Teng Fong Roof Garden Commission series. Standing at five-metres tall and comprising a swinging wooden ship, the structure is inspired by the nation's identity as a historic port that has been shaped by the various diasporic and migrant communities before transforming into the cosmopolitan hub that it is today. To enhance the audience experience, the installation is also accompanied by four different soundscapes. "I would like to invite them to embark on this journey with us," says Cao, "riding through the uncertainties of present day, while remaining hopeful of the possibilities in the future."
When January 17 till October 25
(Relevant: 5 Minutes With… Artists and Amateur Chefs Tobias Rehberger and Rirkrit Tiravanija)