Thursday, September 22

Is There Still Hope for Gillman Barracks?

Is There Still Hope for Gillman Barracks? Yes, and this is why.

Wednesday, September 7

Shortlist for the Oscars of Museums Announced

The shortlist for Leading Culture Destinations Awards, now in their third year, has been announced, shining a light on the exceptional contributions these institutions offer, and also showcasing some emerging destinations.

The organizers point out that shortlisted nominees were selected for their “visionary approach” to offering a great cultural experience, “from audacious programming and management structures, to cross-sector collaborations and Michelin-starred restaurants, late night openings and music performances.”

Thursday, September 1

Discover Singapore’s Next Emerging Artists at ION

Chong Yanhong
Over the last four years, the Young Talent Programme, which is jointly organized each year by the Affordable Art Fair Singapore and ION Art partnership, has helped emerging artists from Singapore, and it counts amongst its alumni several successful artists.

Following their participation Alecia Neo has exhibited at the Singapore Art Museum while Lavender Chang has been included in group shows with Sundaram Tagore Gallery in New York and at Mizuma Gallery in Singapore, and Zhang Fuming is preparing for a solo exhibition with AC43 Gallery (previously Art Commune Gallery). Furthermore, well-known Japanese collector Daisuke Miyatsu, dubbed the “salary-man collector, has selected work by Hilmi Johandi for his collection, and one of last year’s winners, Ezekiel Wong Kei Win, is soon to opening a group show at Mizuma Gallery in Singapore.

The aim of the annual program is to recognize, nurture, and promote three or four artists in Southeast Asia through a solo show for each artist curated by ION Art Gallery curator Seah Tzi-Yan. Each of the selected artists is given eight to 10 months to create works that are finally presented at ION with each artist given a dedicated space.

The four artists selected in 2015/2016 — Chong Yanhong, Holeng, Justin Lim, and Yo Jian Long — are all Singaporeans and their works can now be seen at ION Art gallery at the ION mall. 

Tuesday, August 30

"Takashi Murakami: The Octopus Eats Its Own Leg" Slated for June 2017

The Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago plans to mount a major retrospective of the work of Takashi Murakami from June 6, 2017.

Monday, August 29

Iskandar Jalil’s Major Retrospective at National Gallery of Singapore

Iskandar Jalil is something of a purist. Don’t refer to the master potter as an artist; he is first and foremost a craftsman who believes his ceramic creations should be, above all, functional. “I’m only interested in pottery. A lot of ceramic artists actually they can’t do pottery,” he muses with justifiable pride in his work.

Visitors attending the exhibition “Iskandar Jalil: Kembara Tanah Liat” (Clay Travels), opening on September 1 at the National Gallery of Singapore, will however recognize the artistry in his functional objects. The major retrospective, the first broad survey of his practice over 50 years (from the 1960s onwards), presents 180 creations that showcase his mastery of colors and beauty of form with just the right dose of whimsical detailing to keep you intrigued.