Things to do, watch, listen this week: 10 to 16 May
Enjoy the shorter work week by unwinding with the arts and culture activities available. Check out an intriguing art exhibition that traces a mynah bird’s journey and explores the relationship between Man and the environment. Or feast your eyes on exquisite historical garments at the Asian Civilisations Museum. If you prefer to chill at home, tune into to an online concert featuring Singapore vocalist Robert Fernando. Read on for our top picks of arts and culture activities to enjoy this week.
Don’t miss this thought-provoking multimedia exhibition by Dutch photographer Anaïs López. It traces the journey of a Javan mynah and uses the bird’s journey to explores issues of migration, identity, and belonging. The works blend audio, video, text and photography. The exhibition is on at the visual arts space Objectifs until 30 May. Learn more about The Migrant here.
Fashionable In Asia
Marvel at Asian fashion pieces from the 18th to 20th century at the Asian Civilisations Museum’s Fashion and Textiles gallery. The permanent gallery presents recent acquisitions of historical garments, ranging from Chinese painted silks to Javanese batiks, and show how fashion shapes identities and facilitates cross-cultural exchange. Learn more about Fashionable in Asia here.
Can’t Smile Without You – The Hits Of Barry Manilow
Tune in to this online concert starring Singapore vocalist Robert Fernando. He performs popular hits by American singer-songwriter Barry Manilow, including the popular song Can’t Smile Without You. The online concert is available on-demand until 16 May. Get your tickets to Can’t Smile Without You – The Hits Of Barry Manilow here.
The COVID-19 Cycle
Lose yourself in this expansive online exhibition, which presents works by Singapore artist Bjorn Lee Varella in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The works featured include charcoal drawings, cut canvases and ambient soundscapes. The show is supported by the National Arts Council under its Digital Presentation Grant, and available online until 31 Dec. Check out The COVID-19 Cycle here.
Tonalities: The Ink Works Of Cheong Soo Pieng
Admire more than 100 ink works by pioneer Singapore artist Cheong Soo Pieng in this exhibition. The paintings highlight Cheong’s preoccupation with composition and also spotlight his artistic thinking and creative techniques. The exhibition is on from 14 May to 13 Jun at Artspace@Helutrans in Keppel Road. Learn more about Tonalities: The Ink Works Of Cheong Soo Pieng here.
(Photos: Anaïs López, Asian Civilisations Museum, Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay, Bjorn Lee Varella, Artcommune Gallery)