Looking for things to do this weekend? Here’s a list of activities that we’ve curated we know you’ll absolutely love. Whether it’s a virtual play or a cultural immersion, you can thank us later.
Roger Vivier Presents: Cat Garden – A Tribute to Nature
If you’re a big fan of cats, then don’t miss this super cute Roger Vivier pop-up at its Takashimaya boutique.
Cat Garden — A Tribute to Nature is also a showcase of Roger Vivier’s spring/summer 2021 collection, where creative director Gherardo Felloni lends his own stamp on florals, reimagining them on shoes, bags and accessories that “signal a rebirth for the new season.”
A cat lover, Felloni says in a press statement: “Cats are my favorite animals. There is something very feminine about the way they move.”
Besides Singapore, the Cat Garden pop-up will also appear in key cities such as Paris, Milan, Seoul and Tokyo.
From now till May 25. Takashimaya, Level 2
Dale Chihuly: Glass In Bloom
Dale Chihuly, an American artist known for his huge blown-glass sculptures, is making his presence felt in Singapore at Gardens By The Bay.
Featuring 25 large-scale installations, the beautiful glass artworks weighs up to 3,600kg and measures up to 10m in height.
There are also more than 80 pedestal sculptures — from floating baubles to floral chandeliers — on display at the Bay’s Flower Dome, Cloud Forest and outdoor gardens.
Chihuly says in a media statement: “I’m thrilled to show my work in such a dynamic location in Singapore. The natural world is an endless source for creativity, and it has been so inspiring to bring my work to life in this urban garden oasis.”
Flower Dome and Cloud Forest
From now till Aug 1, 2021
9am to 9.00pm (Mon to Fri)
9am to 10pm (Sat, Sun & Public Holidays)
Outdoor Gardens (The Meadow, Serene Garden, World of Plants, *Dragonfly Lake, *SG50 Lattice, *Victoria Lily Pond) & Gallery (Bayfront Pavilion)
From May 1 till Aug 1, 2021
Tickets to both the Flower Dome and Cloud Forest are $20 (adult, 13 to 59 years old), $8 (child, 3 to 12 years old) and $8 (seniors, 60 years old and above)
For more information on ticketing, please go here
You can also use your SingapoRediscovers vouchers to purchase tickets.
*Admission is free for locations marked with an asterisk.
Life in Edo | Russel Wong in Kyoto
This double bill exhibition is presented in collaboration with Kobe Shimbun and Russel Wong, focusing on Japanese culture and craftsmanship via an array of woodblock prints and photography.
Spilt into two parts, Life in Edo explores the everyday activities of the Edo period (1603–1868) — travels, beauty, food, entertainments, and even pets of the era — through woodblock prints and paintings, which have come to be called “ukiyo-e” (pictures of the floating world).
There is a total of157 colourful ukiyo-e prints — the most ever shown in a single exhibition in Singapore — and they feature works from the great masters such as Katsushika Hokusai, Utagawa Hiroshige, Kitagawa Utamaro, Utagawa Kuniyoshi, and more.
As these prints are very light-sensitive, a new set of prints will be displayed midway through the exhibition. The new collection can be viewed from 12 July onwards, allowing visitors to double their pleasure with the life in old Japan.
Russel Wong in Kyoto, on the other hand, is a showcase of the Singaporean photographer’s 13-year-long personal project of documenting the lives of geiko in Kyoto. A total of 40 black-and-white photographs highlight the customs and traditions of geishas – called “geiko” in Kyoto, including the tea ceremony and the lesser known Erikae ceremony, a two-week process where a maiko (geiko in training) prepares herself to become a geiko.
Life in Edo | Russel Wong in Kyoto is now on at the Asian Civilisations Museum until Sep 19, 2021. For more info, click here.
Wikicliki: Collecting Habits on an Earth Filled with Smartphones
The latest exhibition from Singapore Art Museum (SAM) explores what it means to collect art in this present time and age.
Six artists are featured in this discourse, each paired with a curator: Heman Chong with Selene Yap, Chua Chye Teck with Cheng Jia Yun, Debbie Ding with Shabbir Hussain Mustafa, bani haykal with Chanon Kenji Praepipatmongkol, Amanda Heng with Teng Yen Hui and Charles Lim Yi Yong with Kenneth Tay.
The exhibition borrows its title from artist Debbie Ding’s work http://dbbd.sg/wiki, where she “traces emerging issues around society’s use of the internet, technology, design, architecture, linguistics and varied cultural topics.”
Dr June Yap, Director of Curatorial, Collections and Programmes, SAM, says: “Wikicliki: Collecting Habits on an Earth Filled with Smartphones asks the important question of what it means for museums to present and collect contemporary art in a time where the medium and format of the artworks themselves have become increasingly varied and dematerialised. We hope this exhibition will open up a space for reflexivity and dialogue on new modes of collecting, creating and presenting art.”
Wikicliki: Collecting Habits on an Earth Filled with Smartphones is on from now till July 11, 2021 at The Ngee Ann Kongsi Concourse Gallery, National Gallery Singapore. This is one of SAM’s satellite gallery spaces this year, as its buildings undergo redevelopment. For more info, click here.
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Fashionable In Asia
If you’re interested in the evolution of Asian fashion, then don’t miss this spectacular display at the Asian Civilisations Museum.
From Chinese painted silks and Indian printed cottons to Javanese batiks, this showcase spans from the 18th to 20th century, highlighting the stunning wonders of Asian fashion, with more than 20 exquisite pieces that have never been seen in public before.
The exhibition also traces the history of fashion design and textile production in Asia, plus the fascinating rise of Palembang songket. Visitors can also see the lavish outfits worn by the royals and wealthy families in Thailand, Japan and Indonesia, such as the elaborated decorated kosode, the predecessor of the modern kimono as well as a gold-embroidered Thai ceremonial robe that was presented to the Danish Admiral Andreas du Plessis de Richelieu by King Chulalongkorn (Rama V) of Siam.
Asian Civilisations Museum, 1 Empress Pl, Singapore 179555
For more information, click here
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Once Upon A Time On The Orient Express
After making its pit stop late last year, the Orient Express pop-up exhibit will still be open till June 14, 2021. Known as pop culture’s most famous locomotive, the train was first created in 1883 and it’s the first time it has been outside of France. Here, you’ll be able to witness some of the most extraordinary objects and documents such as menus, cutlery, suitcases — everything one needs to relive the glamour of luxury travel in the past, or scenes from Murder On the Orient Express or From Russia With Love.
On till Jun 14, 202, at Gardens by the Bay West Lawn. Click here for more information.
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Star Wars Identities: The Exhibition
Whether you’re a fan of the original trilogy, grew up with the prequel trilogy or found yourself rooting for Rey Palpatine, “Star Wars Identities: The Exhibition” is not to be missed. Featuring close to 200 artefacts from
Star Wars Episodes One to Six—from movie props, artworks, costumes and
models of the Millennium Falcon and the Star Destroyer—this interactive showcase takes you behind the scenes, with early concept drawings, storyboarding, model making and puppetry sealing the deal.
On till Jun 13 at ArtScience Museum (6 Bayfront Ave, Singapore 018974). Click here for details.