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By Natalie Teo September 8, 2021 • 5 min read

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In the blink of an eye, September has already arrived. This month sparks the beginning (or continuation) of many new art exhibitions all over our tiny, sunny island of Singapore. 

From a sound exhibition that brings together composers and contemporary artists from all over the world to container art exhibitions to breathtaking art installations inside Gardens by the Bay, there’s no shortage of unique arts and culture destinations to visit. Here’s where you can wander for a few hours without feeling bored.

Modern Women of the Republic: Fashion and Progress in China and Singapore

Modern Women of the Republic: Fashion and Progress in China
Modern Women of the Republic: Fashion and Progress in China | © SYSNMH 

Modern Women of the Republic: Fashion and Progress in China and Singapore showcases more than 90 cultural relics and archival photos of Chinese women in China and Singapore from the late 1800s to the 1970s. This is the period where women started to enjoy new freedoms, especially in terms of educational and career opportunities.

These drastic changes shaped women in an emerging era where they embraced both the trends in China and the West, and tried to fight for their rights during those historical time periods.

This exhibition runs through 12 December 2021.

Address: 12 Tai Gin Rd, Singapore 327874
Opening Hours: Monday to Sunday from 10am–5pm
Contact: 6256 7377

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Orchestral Manoeuvres: See Sound. Feel Sound. Be Sound.

Orchestral Manoeuvres: See Sound. Feel Sound. Be Sound.
Orchestral Manoeuvres: See Sound. Feel Sound. Be Sound. | © ArtScience Museum 

Orchestral Manoeuvres: See Sound. Feel Sound. Be Sound. is a unique exhibition in the ArtScience Museum that brings together 32 composers and contemporary artists all across the world to feature early Sound Art projects, music scores, and noise-making sculptures. These composers encourage us to listen to the sounds of the spaces we live in or visit, and encourages us to imagine what role music can play in our lives and how we can create music ourselves.

Some artists take a step further to explore the sound of silence, and you may encounter a choir of people you can’t see, and singers who don’t sing. Regardless of whichever path you take through the exhibition, music will never sound the same after a visit here.

This exhibition runs through 2 January 2022.

Address: 6 Bayfront Ave, Singapore 018974
Opening Hours: Monday to Sunday from 10am–7pm
Contact: 6688 8888

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Art Encounters: Petals Fall, Now and Then by Chloë Manasseh

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Art Encounters | © chloemanasseh_studio

Art Encounters is back with a bang! In its fifth edition, this popular event is featuring a multi-sensory installation by Chloë Manasseh, which explores the power of imagination, the relationship between personal and collective memory, and the identity in spaces. This adjacent container art exhibition provides an escape to nature in the midst of an urban landscape, and hopes to grant the public multiple perspectives and possibilities of the past, present, and future.

This exhibition runs through 3 October 2021.

Address: 201 Victoria Street, Singapore 188067
Opening Hours: Monday to Sunday from 11am–8pm
Contact: 6631 9931

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The Gift: Collecting Entanglements and Embodied Histories

The Gift singapore
The Gift | © singaporeartmuseum

Located in the National Gallery’s Ngee Ann Kongsi Concourse Gallery, The Gift, which is a part of a broader project called Collecting Entanglements and Embodied Histories, is an exhibition introduced by the Singapore Art Museum. It explores the act of gifting and how it can transform an ordinary object into something far more emotional and meaningful. As you walk through the gallery, prepare to unravel the histories of collecting, gifts received, rare discoveries unearthed, and significant acknowledgements.

Collecting Entanglements and Embodied Histories is a dialogue between the collections of the Singapore Art Museum, Galerie Nasional Indonesia, MAIIAN Contemporary Art Museum, and Nationalgalerie – Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, initiated by the Goethe-Institut.

This exhibition runs through 7 November 2021.

Address: 1 St Andrew's Rd, #01 – 01, Singapore 178957
Opening Hours: Monday to Sunday from 10am–7pm
Contact: 6271 7000

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Antony Gormley at National Gallery Singapore

antony gormley national gallery singapore
Antony Gormley at National Gallery Singapore | © National Gallery 

Antony Gormley is an internationally renowned artist who explores the relationship between the human body and space. In his largest project in Southeast Asia to date, he draws on a variety of traditions and ideas that include Buddhist sculpture, Minimalism, and quantum physics to create sculptures and installations that resonate with the audience.

These works in the National Gallery show the defining aspects of Gormley’s extensive research on the human body, and provide a broader context for Horizon Field Singapore, where our own bodies become part of the work and we can reimagine our relationship with the environment around us.

This exhibition runs through 30 October 2022.

Address: 1 St Andrew's Rd, #01 – 01, Singapore 178957
Opening Hours: Monday to Sunday from 10am–7pm
Contact: 6271 7000

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Dale Chihuly: Glass in Bloom

Dale Chihuly: Glass in Bloom
Dale Chihuly: Glass in Bloom | © Dale Chihuly 

If you have heard of American artist Dale Chihuly, you would know his work with blown glass has enchanted millions across the world. In his first major garden exhibition in Asia, he provides visitors a glimpse into an extensive collection of his famous works. 

Watch as he reimagines the Gardens by the Bay landscape and exhibits 25 of his magnificent large-scale art installations, along with 80 pedestal sculptures and two-dimensional works in the Flower Dome, Cloud Forest, and outdoor gardens.

This exhibition runs through 3 October 2021.

Address: 18 Marina Gardens Dr, Singapore 018953
Opening Hours: Monday to Friday from 9am–9pm, and Saturday, Sunday & Public Holidays from 9am–10pm
Contact: 9272 4929

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Sikhs in Singapore – A Story Untold

Sikhs in Singapore – A Story Untold
Sikhs in Singapore – A Story Untold | © indianheritage_sg

Celebrate the rich heritage of the local Sikh community with the Indian Heritage Centre’s first exhibition on Sikh culture. Co-created by members of Singapore’s Sikh community and the Indian Heritage Centre, this exhibition features more than 450 artifacts from more than 50 collections, and is presented in three parts: Roots, Settlement, and Contemporary Perspectives.

Roots tells the origin story of the Singapore Sikh community, Settlement brings together the narratives of Sikhs who emigrated to Singapore, and Contemporary Perspectives offers a glimpse into the experiences of contemporary Sikhs.

This exhibition runs through 30 January 2022.

Address: 5 Campbell Ln, Singapore 209924
Opening Hours: Tuesday to Thursday from 10am–7pm, Friday & Saturday from 10am–8pm, and Sunday from 10am–4pm; Closed on Monday
Contact: 6291 1601

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Story of the Forest

Story of the Forest singapore
Story of the Forest | © National Museum of Singapore

Story of the Forest has transformed the Glass Rotunda located in the National Museum of Singapore into an enthralling digital, large-scale installation. Created by the famous Japanese digital art group teamLab, Story of the Forest transforms 69 drawings from the William Farquhar Collection of National History Drawings into three-dimensional animations. 

This event combines Singapore’s colonial history with its current modernity, making it one of the most unique and eye-catching art exhibitions out there.

This exhibition runs through 10 October 2037.

Address: 93 Stamford Rd, Singapore 178897
Opening Hours: Monday to Sunday from 10am–7pm
Contact: 6332 3659

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