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    The Modern Woman | 20th Century Singapore and China

    This exhibition Modern Women of The Republic: Fashion and Change in China and Singapore was ongoing at Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall since June this year, and I just managed to visit in its closing week! It ended recently two weeks ago, but I wanted to share some highlights from the exhibition because I found it such a nicely put-together display of fashion and photographs from twentieth-century Singapore and China!

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    Life in Edo | Japanese Woodblock Prints at ACM

    Whew, this post on Asian Civilisations Museum’s extensive exhibition Life in Edo has been a long time coming! I first visited in May this year, and a second time in July when there was a second rotation of woodblock prints. I loved seeing so many exemplary works of ukiyo-e prints and paintings from Japan’s Edo period (1603–1868) and seeing these pictures of daily life in old Edo (Tokyo today).

    I spent some time in my undergraduate days studying art in Japan and ukiyo-e prints (and the topic of Japanese art was definitely very popular among Hong Kong students), but never had the chance to see them in person before. So Life in Edo was a real treat for me being able to view so many of them at one go, and by many masters of the genre too!

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    Dale Chihuly: Glass in Bloom | Gardens by the Bay Exhibition

    In such (COVID-y) times like this, I feel like going to see art is one of the most peaceful things I can do. Even better when I can wander around Gardens by the Bay and explore it a bit more! I find it very fitting that Dale Chihuly’s glass sculptures (a new discovery for me!) inspired by nature are now being exhibited around Gardens by the Bay until its extended date of 3 October 2021, adding something fresh and new to the landscape.

    The exhibition is split into three main sections: The Flower Dome & Cloud Forest conservatories, the Outdoor Gardens and Gallery, and the free (!) public exhibits. I chose to skip the conservatories because I thought the price for that was too steep… There are varying admission rates for visiting the different sections, but I paid $16 to see the exhibits in the Outdoor Gardens and Gallery, and went to hunt down the public exhibits too!

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    Georgette Chen | Singapore’s Pioneer Woman Artist

    I have missed writing these exhibition reviews as I realise the last one dates back to 2019! I do love seeing exhibitions full of paintings — and what a great way to be introduced to Singapore’s art history with the spotlight given to Georgette Chen at National Gallery Singapore. It’s so interesting to me that Georgette Chen (1906–1993) was a prominent woman artist in Singapore. As my research centres around women artists and self-portraits (and is never far from my mind…), I was of course fascinated by Chen’s self-portraits! I thought it was nice that the exhibition Georgette Chen: At Home In The World also gave a lot of attention to them.

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    Art of 2020

    Ah 2020, what a year it’s been! I’ve found the time to have gone incredibly slowly yet really quickly at different times. Instead of remembering it solely as the ‘pandemic year’, it has in fact been a heavy academic year for me with an unrelenting amount of coursework, reports, exams which I’m glad to be mostly completed with! Despite it all, it’s nice to see looking back that there was still art to be seen in person and online everywhere across the globe. With that, here’s my roundup of art exhibitions in Singapore that I saw this year! 2021 is ‘Almost Arriving’…

    | Cover picture: Cao Fei, 浮槎 Fú Chá, 2020 |

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