Negroni Week 2021
Now in its seventh edition, Negroni Week continues to collaborate with award-winning bars for specially concocted renditions of Negroni. Campari also works with these local bars to support important charitable causes while raising a Negroni with friends. This year's festivities will extend till the end of the month instead of its usual one-week run. Enough time to taste the various Negroni creations, we say. Picks include Hanafubuki at Raffles Hotel Singapore's Writers Bar to Oriental Elixir at Ah Sam Cold Drink Stall and Liqiu Negroni at MO Bar.
Negroni Week 2021's exclusive cocktails will be available till 30 Sep 2021 at participating bars.
OUT OF SIGHT by Lawrence Weiner
Hopscotch proves to be more than a kids' game in the hands of an artist. Specifically for Lawrence Weiner. Using the form of a giant hopscotch court and its gamification properties, he creates a pathway to be viewed and navigated, both physically and intellectually. The New York-based conceptual artist populates each square with provocative phrases that incites both wit and fun. This participatory, interactive, social ground-based work encourages learning and self-actualization as participants interpret the messages while interacting with them.
OUT OF SIGHT by Lawrence Weiner happens till 14 Oct at National Gallery Singapore's Padang Atrium and The Arts House.
Moonfest 2021 – A Mid-Autumn Celebration
Soak up some culture under the full moon this mid-autumn via traditional Chinese art performances and activities. Featuring Singapore and overseas artists, this year's hybrid festival will focus on heroic figures who embody the 'courageous' spirit. Highlights include Shanghai Pingtan Troupe, Taipei Puppet Theater and Foshan Cantonese Opera Troupe through digital performances. This is also the first time Moonfest is featuring pingtan—a 400-year-old genre of musical storytelling performed in the Suzhou dialect.
Esplanade's Moonfest 2021 happens till 3 Oct over on-site live performances and digital programmes.
The People’s Gallery
National Gallery Singapore goes into the heartland neighbourhoods with a mission to create inclusive and approachable art experiences while fostering art appreciation among the public. Transforming more than 25 open spaces into galleries, these artworks by Singapore and Southeast Asian artists pop up through AR by scanning the QR codes on the pillars of designated void decks. This interactive microsite is available in Singapore's four major languages—English, Chinese, Malay and Tamil—allowing everyone to appreciate art for free.
National Gallery Singapore's The People's Gallery happens till end-Nov at more than 25 Housing Development Boards (HDB) void decks across eight heartland neighbourhoods.
Afterlude-Prelude: Responses to Nam June Paik
Who exactly is the 'father of video art'? Ramping up to Nam June Paik’s first major retrospective in Southeast Asia in December, National Gallery Singapore and SFMoMA is hosting a two-day virtual programme that features multi-disciplinary local and international artists from San Francisco, Los Angeles, Singapore, London, Berlin, New York, Tokyo, Seoul, Shanghai and Manila—all of whom will be responding creatively to the internationally renowned artist's texts and works. This sneak preview allows participants to know more about Paik and his enduring relevance today.
Afterlude-Prelude: Responses to Nam June Paik happens across two days digitally till 19 Sep on National Gallery Singapore's Facebook page.
Gifting represents more than just being magnanimous. This act transforms an ordinary object into something meaningful and emotional, becoming an embodiment of a relationship. Singapore Art museum curates its collection to present the nature of relations, affinities and influences which ties to an ongoing transnational project initiated by the Goethe-Institut. Works exhibited include artworks from both local artists like Tang Da Wu and Ho Tzu Nyen, alongside prominent international artists such as Bruce Nauman and Holly Zausner.
The Gift presented by Singapore Art Museum happens till 7 Nov at National Gallery Singapore's The Ngee Ann Kongsi Concourse Gallery.
Tiffin Room x The Elephant Room collaboration
Savour the unique mix of spices in Indian gastronomy with a limited collaboration at the Tiffin Room. For two weeks only, this multi-course experience features the pairing of a delectable Indian-accented cocktail, prepared with ingredients freshly sourced from Little India concocted by Yugnes Susela, Founder of The Elephant Room, with every dish. Highlights include main course Madras Fish Curry accompanied with Mr. Desker, a tipple consisting of Royal Challenge Whisky, meat spice distillate and Amrut single malt.
Tiffin Room x The Elephant Room special collaboration happens till 16 Sep at Raffles Hotel Singapore.
Orchestral Manoeuvres: See Sound. Feel Sound. Be Sound.
Sound out curiosity with melodies and music scores at Orchestral Manoeuvres. Featuring over 32 composers and contemporary artists from around the world, this multi-sensory exhibition allows visitors to examine notable sound art projects and noise-making sculptures. Their works encourage listening closely to our environment, exploring silence like singers who don't sing, and a choir of people you can't see. Try composing your own tune or marvel at a piano that plays itself. Also making its Southeast Asia debut is Janet Cardiff's The Forty Part Motet artwork installation.
Orchestral Manoeuvres happens till 2 Jan 2022 at ArtScience Museum Singapore.
The Balvenie and MICHELIN Guide Handcrafted By with Shisen Hanten
Continuing with their second collaboration of the year, The Balvenie and Michelin Guide's Handcrafted By spotlights Chef Ling Heng Yao of Shisen Hanten to uncover new dimensions of flavour by pairing and infusing Szechwan cuisine with The Balvenie’s handcrafted whiskies. Chef Ling pairs the honey, vanilla and citrus notes of The Balvenie 14 Year Old The Week Of Peat with salt-baked abalone with Shisen Hanten's signature Szechwan sauce while the Braised Fresh Dungeness Crab Meat Soup couples up with the fruity sweetness of The Balvenie DoubleWood 17 Year Old.
Antony Gormley's Horizon Field Singapore
Commissioned by National Gallery Singapore, renowned UK sculptural artist Antony Gormley created a one-of-a-kind participatory large-scale installation Horizon Field Singapore (2021). Visitors can explore the matrix of intersecting metal and immerse a spatial experience that continually shifts while walking through it. Also for the first time in this annual Ng Teng Fong Roof Garden Commission Series, it will be complemented by three further sculptures that traced four decades of Gormley’s practice: Sense (1991), Close V (1998), and Ferment (2007).
Horizon Field Singapore by Antony Gormley happens till 30 Oct 2022 at National Gallery Singapore.
Tsuyoshi Hisakado: Resume
Never accept anything at face value. At least not for Japanese artist Tsuyoshi Hisakado's Resume. Showcasing in a fresh configuration from its debut outing in Tokyo, this exhibition consisting of fifty painted wooden panels (some lean against the walls and some lay on the floor with their painted sides facing inwards) served as a reaction to the changes in his daily life brought about by the pandemic, such as lockdowns and the postponement of events.
Tsuyoshi Hisakado: Resume happens till 25 Sep at Ota Fine Arts Singapore.
Urban Art Adventures at Hall of Fame @ Kampong Gelam
Now here's a local district that deserves a closer look. Discover the story behind Kampong Gelam's recent artistic facelift with new urban art-themed programmings. Set against its historic and vibrant backdrop of street art-lined alleys and iconic cultural landmarks, participants can unleash their inner artist or capture rare moments led by One Kampong Gelam handpicked specialists. Alternatively, there's a self-guided audio tour if you want to explore at your own pace too.
Urban Arts-Themed Adventures programming by One Kampong Gelam is now available at the Kampong Gelam precinct.
Trek the Sembawang Heritage Trail
Singapore's Northern terrain is more just Woodlands, Yishun, and Turf City. Count in Sembawang also. Now a developing estate, the area used to be home to an important naval base for the British Empire and was once populated by rubber plantations owned by prominent pioneers such as Lim Chong Pang. So delve into the area's history and native stories via this trail that leads explorers to monuments such as Beaulieu House and former Sembawang Shipyard.
The Sembawang Heritage Trail, which features 31 trail sites and nine heritage trail markers is now open.
Singapore Zoo's Rainforest Lumina
Avoid the blistering heat from the sun and plan an after-dark outing to the zoo instead. There, night owls will be rewarded with the final season of SouthEast Asia's only Lumina showcase. Melding nature with technology, visitors will immerse in a symphony of lights, beautifully orchestrated music, and interactive play (at Luminous Pathway and Shimmering Islands) that contrast harmoniously with natural sights, sounds, and scents of the rainforest.
Rainforest Lumina happens till 13 Feb 2022 at the Singapore Zoo. Admission fees apply.
MO BAR's Japanese-inspired Afternoon Tea Menu
The award-winning MO Bar goes from concocting regionally curated cocktails to assembling delights for tea. Featuring six different courses of delectable treats inspired by Japanese confections such as Hojicha roll, kinako mochi and soy ginger glazed chicken, savour them while taking in the sights of Marina Promenade. Of course, there will be scones; in savoury nori truffle flavour.
MO Bar's afternoon high tea menu is now available for takeaway and delivery from Mandarin Oriental Singapore.
Hyperrealities: Olafur Eliasson, Marina Abramović, Anish Kapoor
Explore alternate realities envisioned by renowned contemporary artists at ArtScience Museum's newest permanent gallery space VR Gallery. Using state-of-the-art virtual reality (VR) headsets and controllers, this dedicated space welcomes works by Olafur Eliasson, Marina Abramović and Anish Kapoor for its debut exhibition Hyperrealities. The mixed reality technologies like AR used will certainly ensure a mind-blowing multi-sensory experience.
Hyperrealities: Olafur Eliasson, Marina Abramović, Anish Kapoor is now exhibiting at ArtScience Museum.
#SGFASHIONNOW at ACM
New and current always intrigue the senses. ACM presents topical freshness with a debut exhibition showcasing contemporary Singapore fashion that explores creative practice in Singapore in the context of Asia’s cultural heritage. Partnering with LASALLE College of the Arts’ School of Fashion and the Textile and Fashion Federation (TaFF), visitors can marvel at designs by both established professionals and promising graduates in Singapore’s fashion ecosystem.
#SGFASHIONNOW happens till 19 Dec at Asian Civilisations Museum.
The Mother by Pangdemonium
There was The Father and The Son. Now, The Mother appears to complete the 'family' created by playwright Florian Zeller. Pangdemonium, which previously featured the former two acclaimed plays, finishes this trilogy that unfolds a disturbing portrayal of one woman’s descent into an emotional abyss. This psychological thriller examines mental illness while swinging between harsh reality and even harsher hallucination.
Note: The Mother has been postponed till October 2021 at Victoria Theatre.
Modern Women of the Republic: Fashion and Change in China and Singapore
Trends fade, but style is eternal. Hence, Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall traces back the history and evolution of oriental fashion in Singapore and China since the 19th century. The heritage institution delved into the semiotics between clothing, women's status, roles and lifestyles that changed over the past century. Almost 100 artefacts and photographs of Chinese women's clothing and accessories goes on display, with some dating 100 years old.
Modern Women of the Republic: Fashion and Change in China and Singapore happen till 12 December. Admission is free for Singaporeans and PRs at Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall.
The Dragon Chamber
Chinese fare is often perceived as homely, but not at The Dragon Chamber. This speakeasy restaurant and bar updates familiar traditional tastes with a twist that's undeniably palatable. Conceptualised by Chef Wong Meng Ooi who tapped his 20 years of experience, feast on treats such as the addictive Firecracker Chicken and Maple Fritters and signature Wagyu Truffle Beef Hor Fun.
The Dragon Chamber is located at 2 Circular Road. Delivery is exclusively available via the Tabletop app and web.
Da Vinci, The Exhibition
Leonardo Da Vinci is more than just the painter of the Mona Lisa and The Last Supper. He is also an inventor and a scientist. Singapore Science Centre amassed the largest collection of Da Vinci's discoveries in Southeast Asia with this special exhibition. Understand his genius vision across art, nature and science over 10 zones and through more than 50 life-size invention reproductions and 15 reconstructions of iconic fine art studies and paintings. Psst, the Vitruvian Man comes alive and glows here too.
Da Vinci, The Exhibition happens till 2 Jan 2022 at Singapore Science Centre.
SAM Mini Mobile Museum: Slander!
Craving for nostalgia? Go back in time and experience the heyday of Singapore’s film industry post-war. An extension of Jeremy Sharma’s research into Singapore’s 1950s and 1960s films and popular culture, Slander! is more than just entertainment. Selected movies from 1958 and 1963 are revisited and deconstructed on their cinematic image. Through Sharma’s lens, cultural moments like rapid urbanisation, drafting and political shaping are focused using his practice.
SAM Mini Mobile Museum: Slander! happens till 31 Oct at Tampines Regional Library.
Virtual Realms: Videogames Transformed
Anything is possible in cyberspace. Hence, attain superpowers and level up your knowledge at this multi-sensorial exhibition where videogames are reimagined as 21st-century art form. A collab between UK's arts and learning organisation the Barbican and famed videogame designer Tetsuya Mizuguchi (Tetris Effect) as co-curators, immerse yourself in large-scale commissions by leading videogame developers including Kojima Productions, Enhance, thatgamecompany, Tequila Works, Media Molecule, and David OReilly.
Virtual Realms: Videogames Transformed happens till 9 Jan 2022 at ArtScience Museum.
Gardens by The Bay's #StayhomewithGB
Exercise your green fingers at home with experts from Gardens by The Bay virtually through their #StayhomewithGB program. Besides bringing nature closer with past floral display highlights, the horticulture group also shares their exclusive curated library of e-books, articles, infographics, and multimedia content. Take this opportunity to expand your knowledge via hands-on gardening workshops, insider tips, and even consult with their plant specialists for free!
#StayhomewithGB happens online till 31 Dec.
SOMMER's famed Beef Wellington is back
While this recent Heightened Alert measure has thrown a curveball at most businesses, it has also welcomed back a savoury favourite from Sommer too. Conceived during the 2020 Circuit Breaker, Head Chef Lewis Barker’s much raved-about Beef Wellington returns to the restaurant's takeaway set menu alongside exquisitely prepared treats such as Lobster Linguine with Shio Kombu and Passion Fruit cream and Mango-filled Choux Puff.
Sommer delivery is exclusively available via Tabletop app and web.
Gallery Children’s Biennale
#HBL (Home-based learning) can be both physically and mentally for your little tikes. So, not reward them (and yourself) with a multi-sensory art adventure at National Gallery's Children Biennale first 'phygital' edition. It begins with a microsite that consists of interactive online adventures, immersive storytelling sessions, and co-creation of art with international artists. Furthermore, visitors from anywhere in the world can access this.
Gallery Children’s Biennale happens until Dec 2022 at National Gallery Singapore and online.
Life in Edo | Russel Wong in Kyoto
Past and present intersect at this Asian Civilisations Museum double-bill exhibition in collaboration with Kobe Shimbun and Russel Wong. Featuring woodblock prints and photography that tells stories of traditional and contemporary Japan, famous period Japanese artists used the former to depict the lifestyles and trends of the Edo era while Wong lensed the traces of traditions that still exists in present-day Kyoto.
Life in Edo | Russel Wong in Kyoto happens until 17 Oct at The Asian Civilisations Museum.
Dale Chihuly: Glass in Bloom
There's a 'new' plant variety appearing at Gardens by The Bay—delicate and fragile, yet immortal. Bringing his garden exhibition to Asia (a first!), American artist Dale Chihuly will sow 25 large-scale installations, as well as more than 80 other sculptures and works from Seattle to the Singapore domes. Highlights include Ethereal White Persians (pictured above) at the Serene Garden and the majestic spherical Setting Sun, and Moon.
Dale Chihuly: Glass in Bloom happens until 3 Oct at Gardens by the Bay. Tickets are available via Sistic.
Human x Nature: Environmental Histories of Singapore
Before Singapore's current urban garden city identity, it was filled with lush vegetation and home to various wildlife. Thus, revisit the country's origins and trace the history of Singapore’s natural environment and how our present-day relationship with it matters. More than 150 books, maps, illustrations and manuscripts on Singapore’s biodiversity will surely reveal more about this legacy. All thanks to the National Library and National Archives of Singapore.
Human x Nature: Environmental Histories of Singapore happens until 26 Sep at the Level 10 Gallery, National Library Building. Admission is free.
Both a bistro and specialty grocery store, the latest addition to the Bukit Timah estate keenly focuses on all things French. You can expect flights of decent oysters imported from France, a delectable Octopus Bolognese and Whole Mediterranean Seabream amongst an array of Western European dishes. Plus, a quiet dining spot to chill away from the city bustle.
Maison Marie is located at The Rail Mall, Singapore 678040.
Goodman Open House
This year's digital edition is free for all and even brings the lush greenery surrounding the physical space onto the virtual platform. Reactivated and redesigned, the community farm has become a source of inspiration for resident artists, expressed through a series of five digital videos. Discover various approaches to dance or explore the digital gallery featuring highlights of the artists' journey. Otherwise, gander the grounds which remain open to visitors.
Goodman Open House happens online until 31 December.
A Voyage of Love and Longing
Learn about the diverse natural history of the region through these 19th century drawings alongside Malay pantuns (rhyme quatrains), classical texts and love ballads. The rich Malay literature include excerpts from prominent writers and musicians ranging from Amir Hamzah and Abdullah bin Abdul Kadir, to Ella and Saloma. Further interact with the collection with a choose-your-own-adventure online game that mirrors the narrative of voyages.
A Voyage of Love and Longing happens 10 am – 7 pm at Goh Seng Choo Gallery, National Museum of Singapore.
Once Upon A Time on The Orient Express
Catch Paris' renowned luxury Orient Express, another first in Asia and a result of six years of planning. The travelling exhibition of objets d’art, archival documents, movie extracts and more that reference different stops on the train's past itineraries also avails gourmet car dining and a familiar escape room. Read more about the full experience here. Tickets can be purchased through the Orient Express online booking platform and Sistic.
Once Upon A Time on The Orient Express happens until 12 Jan 2022 at Gardens by the Bay's West Lawn.