Art Stage Singapore:
45,000 +visitors, 1,000 artists, 158 galleries, 33 countries, one of Asia’s largest art gatherings. With a special focus on Southeast Asian art scenes (Indonesia, the Philippines, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, and Myanmar), Art Stage Singapore presents the largest international showcases of Southeast Asian contemporary art to date.
When: 12-15 January 2017
Affordable Art Fair:
A great place for a newbie collector to start and a delight for an avid art collector with over 80 local and international galleries showing artwork priced between S$100 – S$10,000 from more than 600 artists, it is a visual feast for the eyes without breaking the bank!
When: 18-20 November 2016 (Next fair)
The Singapore Biennale was established in 2006 as the country’s pre-eminent platform for international dialogue in contemporary art. It places Singapore’s artists within a global context and fosters productive collaborations with the international arts community. In this way, the Biennale provides new opportunities for local visual artists, arts organizations, and businesses, and cultivates deeper public engagement with the arts.
When: 27th October 2016 and 26th February 2017
Huayi – Chinese Festival of Arts:
Huayi showcases the works of outstanding Chinese artists of all genres, be they traditional or contemporary, mainstream or cutting-edge, by providing them with a platform on which they can present their works to international audiences in Singapore.
When: February – March Every year
National Museum of Singapore:
Is the oldest museum established in 1887 when Singapore was part of the Straits Settlements. The museum a National Monument now presents permanent exhibitions on Singapore history and popular culture, alongside changing exhibitions on world history and popular culture.
DON’T miss: Precious artefacts include the Singapore Stone, Gold Ornaments of the Sacred Hill from East Java, Dagguerreo type of Singapore Town, one of the earliest photographs of Singapore, will of Munshi Abdullah, Portrait of Frank Athelstane Swettenham, Mace of the City of Singapore, Singapore from the Rocky Point, Xin Sai Le Puppet Stage
Asian Civilisations Museum:
Ranked as one of the top 10 museums in Asia, specializes in the material history of China, Southeast Asia, South Asia and West Asia, from which the diverse ethnic groups of Singapore trace their ancestry. Spanning over 14,000 square meters, the museum houses 10 thematic galleries filled with over 1,600 artifacts that showcase the story of Asia.
DON’T miss: Terracotta Warriors, Chinese pottery recovered from the Tang Shipwreck, Makara processional vehicle carving, Dragon Robe
Peranakan Chinese and Baba-Nyonya are terms used for the descendants of the 15th to 17th century Chinese immigrants to Indonesian archipelago and British Malaya (now Peninsular Malaysia and Singapore) Installed in the former Tao Nan Chinese School, built in 1912, this intimate museum possesses one of the finest and most comprehensive collections of Peranakan objects in 10 galleries. The galleries at the Peranakan Museum include Origins, Religion, Food and Feasting, Public Life, Conversations, Nonyas (the term for girls) and an entire floor of Wedding rituals and artifacts.
DON’T miss: Peranakan Wedding Bed
Mint Museum of Toys:
The Mint Museum of Toys is a displays a private collection of vintage toys of Singaporean, Chang Yang Fa. It is considered to be the largest collection of its kind within Southeast Asia, with more than 50,000 pieces of vintage toys and childhood memorabilia from more than 40 countries from the mid-19th century to mid-20th Century.
Other interesting places to visit: Singapore’s Philatelic Museum, Art Science Museum, The Battle Box, Nei Xue Tang Museum, Raffles Museum of Biodiversity Research, Red Dot Design Museum, Republic of Singapore Navy Museum, Singapore Coins and Notes Museum (SCNM), Sports Museum
Singapore can truly be called a “Cosmopolitan gateway between the East and West” and an art travelers delight.
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