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    Creativity in Pulses 新‧创艺 | Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre

    I was introduced to the Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre that recently opened in May this year just last week. Its opening exhibition Creativity in Pulses 新‧创艺, running till 30th September 2017, talks about what it means to identify as a Singaporean Chinese through the perspectives of a group of Singaporean artists in their twenties and thirties. I found it a refreshing idea to think about, especially after living in Hong Kong for a few years, where the question of Hong Kong identity has been prevalent these days.

    The common idea that appears to run through the exhibition is the way tradition and modernity intermix in Singapore, so there’s quite a lot of references to traditional Chinese culture presented in new formats of installations and design. Personally, I also think that Singaporean identity carries a lot of Western influence, which I also picked up in some of the artworks on display, although I’m not sure if it was intentional on the part of the artists.

    Sharing my favourite artworks from the exhibition, keep reading to see more!

    | Cover picture: 《新‧山水》 by Edwin Low 刘志雄, Image courtesy of Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre |

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    Joseon Korea | Royalty and High Culture

    Managed to come back to Singapore in time to see Asian Civilizations Museum’s special exhibition Joseon Korea: Court Treasures and City Life! I think anyone interested in anything Korea probably got their start from Korean pop culture: either Kpop or Kdramas. For me, it was kdramas that did me in. ;) Many Korean historical dramas are set in the Joseon dynasty (1392-1910), which was Korea’s longest and most prosperous dynasty. The exhibition features artifacts from the Joseon court and others used by the upper class people ranging from paintings, clothing, furniture, letters, and other forms of decorative arts.

    | Cover picture: The Sun, Moon, And Five Peaks, 19th or early 20th century, six-fold screen; colour on silk |

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    Artist and Empire | Looking at Colonialism

    National Gallery Singapore’s latest retrospective of Yayoi Kusama’s works is super popular now, but I’m going to take the time to catch up with their previous special exhibition! The first exhibition that I saw this year was National Gallery Singapore’s second special exhibition ‘Artist and Empire: (En)countering Colonial Legacies’ in collaboration with Tate Britain.

    The showing of ‘Artist and Empire’ at the Tate – not exactly the same as this one in NGS – was apparently the first of its kind in tackling issues of British colonialism on its own shores. I was quite surprised to learn that, but it also tells of the sensitivity of colonialism and its effect even today.

    | Cover picture: Thomas Jones Barker, ‘The Secret of United Kingdom’s Greatness’ (Queen Victoria Presenting A Bible in the Audience Chamber at Windsor), c. 1863, oil on canvas |

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    March Art Events | Hong Kong & Singapore

    “I think there should be no end to experimentation.” – Zaha Hadid

    Spring is here! And along with that is a range of art events in Hong Kong for its Art Month in March. This year, the range of art fairs is happening in the later part of the month starting this week, and there’s a number of “satellite” exhibitions ongoing now which I’m interested to see!

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    M. C. Escher | Journey to Infinity

    One of the exhibitions I would highly recommend to see in Singapore right now would be Journey to Infinity: Escher’s World of Wonder at ArtScience Museum. I wasn’t familiar with Escher before, beyond his Drawing Hands (shown above!) that I’ve seen everywhere but never attributed to an artist. This exhibition was bigger than I expected it to be and it’s really comprehensive! I was glad to view so many of Escher’s works and learn more about what he did.

    | Cover picture: M. C. Escher, Drawing Hands, 1948, lithograph |

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