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You’ll be surprised by the tons of things to do in Singapore during the weekends that don’t include café-hopping or hanging out in town. As a burgeoning cultural hub, there has been a gradual increase of art galleries and museums in the little red dot. And the best part? Most admissions are free for locals and permanent residents.
Whether it houses renowned paintings, sculptures or installations by local or international artists, here are some cool art galleries in Singapore that you should spend your weekend at. Weekend date idea? Checked.
1. ION Art gallery
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ION Art gallery shouldn’t be a stranger to you. Located on the fourth level of ION Orchard, ION Art gallery is a progressive visual art space that gives visitors an integrated mall experience. The art works here are constantly changing, so you can be sure you’d get a new experience every time you pop by. From June 18 to 23 (10am to 10pm), the gallery is casting a spotlight on “six talents” who are at the forefront of the Singapore art scene, namely Siew Hock Meng, Miau Wong, Ng Yak Whee, Fan Shao Hua, Zhu Hong and Jose Martinez.
Pieces show each artist’s personality as well as their interpretation on various themes of nature, culture, people and Cityscapes.
From June 26 to July 7, The New Age Renaissance – Tan Oe Pang’s Solo Exhibition will take over the space, and it is held in conjunction with the launch of the Singaporean multidisciplinary artist’s new limited-edition art book “n Conversation with Tan Oe Pang and Goh Huck Heng in Singapore. Displayed will be an array of art works and oil paintings from his extensive art career throughout the years.
Admission to the ION Art gallery is free.
ION Art gallery is at Level 4 ION Orchard, 2 Orchard Turn, Singapore 238801, tel: 6238 8228.
2. ARTitude Galería
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ARTitude Galería is the first local art gallery devoted to contemporary Latin American visual art. Founded and curated by British Holly Turner, ARTitude Galería seeks to bring Colombian artists to the heart of Asia and to support Colombian artists who are already established in Colombia and have gained international prestige, as well as young aspiring artists, who display a great deal of potential.
The gallery’s opening exhibition “Magical Realism: A Latin American Art Movement” featured emerging, mid-career, and established Colombian artists, exploring the concept and culture of magic realism through their art. Gallery viewings are on appointment basis – visit their website for more information.
ARTitude Galería is at 31B Pagoda Street, Singapore 059190, tel: 9837 1977.
3. National Gallery
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Situated at the birthplace of modern Singapore National Gallery is a progressive visual arts institution that oversees the largest public collection of modern art in Singapore and Southeast Asia. There are currently a few ongoing exhibitions, such as Siapa Nama Kamu (What is your name)? Art in Singapore since the 19th Century at the DBS Singapore Gallery which covers Singapore’s art history from the 19th century to the present day.
There’s also the Gallery Children’s Biennale 2019 (until Dec 29, at various locations in National Gallery Singapore) which allows children to get creative and to embrace a fantastic, magical world through 11 imaginative artworks installations. Free entry for Singaporean & PRs.
National Gallery is at 1 St Andrew’s Rd, Singapore 178957, tel: 6271 7000.
4. Miaja Art Collections – Contemporary Art Gallery
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Founded by Isabelle Miaja, Miaja Art Collections – Contemporary Art Gallery hopes to encourage visual dialogues to inspire and enrich individuals. Besides promoting artists through exhibitions and public programmes, the gallery also focuses on introducing inspiring and cross-cultural art to local art community and general public.
We loved the exhibition that was held from Mar 15 to Apr 15, titled “It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere Solo Exhibition by David Yarrow”, the world-renowned London-based fine art photographer.
Twenty-eight of his finest black and white shots of endangered wild animals from all over the globe were presented, including his iconic image entitled “Cara Cigar” with model-actress Cara Delevingne. There were also limited edition prints from his recently completed project in Montana with supermodel Cindy Crawford.
Miaja Art Collections – Contemporary Art Gallery is at 9 Muthuraman Chetty Rd, Singapore 238931, tel: 6737 8979.