Saturday, August 31, 2013

Reasons to visit the Singapore Art Museum for the second weekend of the Singapore Night Festival 2013

It was rather quiet inside the Singapore Art Museum during the first weekend of the Singapore Night Festival 2013 (i.e. 23 and 24 Aug 2013). Thankfully, I did some homework and learnt that there will a few interesting activities and events lined up at the Singapore Art Museum for the second weekend. With limited feelings of anticipation, I visited the Singapore Art Museum on the third night of the Singapore Night Festival (i.e. 30 Aug 2013) and was treated to some simple pleasures.

CAPTION. Singapore Art Museum, Queen Courtyard.

CAPTION, an interactive installation, appears to pull some of the crowd. For this installation which is placed at two different corners of the museum's courtyard, individuals who have never met can create light paintings together. The pair then can complete the image they created by finding each other and filling in the caption with both their names. Maybe this work urges us to start to think about what makes us connect with another person?

I was enticed by the nearby fountains. They looked so poetic under the night skies.

Fri 30 and Sat 31 Aug 2013
7 p.m. - 12 a.m.
Singapore Art Museum
Queen Courtyard


Nearby, in the Glass Hall, there are screenings of short films from award-winning local directors such as Royston Tan, Anthony Chen, Boo Junfeng and more. Visitors to the SGFILM Pop-Up Cinema will also have the privilege to view a brand new series of recorded interviews with the various local directors. This will be the outreach event of SGFILM Channel to attend for everyone who supports local films.

For the Screening and Chat schedule, please visit:

SGFILM Pop-Up Cinema
Fri 30 and Sat 30 Aug 2013
7.30 p.m. - 1.00 a.m.
Singapore Art Museum, Glass Hall

When you are at the Singapore Art Museum, please take advantage of the late night free admission to the museum to visit the exhibition, Terms and Conditions. This exhibition presents an open-ended debate into how history and social realities are represented, with an emphasis on the Arab world.

I was pretty intrigued and somewhat shocked by Adel Abidin's The Three Love Songs. This work examines how facades are played through song, specifically Iraqi songs that were commissioned by Saddam Hussein. In this work, the singers have no idea what they are singing. They were directed to perform as though the songs were traditional and passionate love songs. The work reminded me that we can be pretty impressionable human beings.

Do not forget to visit Credit Suisse: Innovation in Art Series - President's Young Talents. This is Singapre's premier commissioning exhibition where visitors will get to see the commissioned works of Singapore's most promising artists under the age 35. This is an exhibition that I would encourage every local who appreciates visual arts to visit, at least once!

Ryf Zaini's Unveil the curtain to the window with no ledge.

Late night free admission to three NHB museums
Fri 23 and Sat 24 Aug 2013
Fri 30 and Sat 31 Aug 2013
7.00 p.m. - 2.00 a.m.
Singapore Art Museum
National Museum of Singapore 
Peranakan Museum

Fri 23 and Sat 24 Aug 2013,
Fri 30 and Sat 31 Aug 2013.
7.00 p.m. - 2.00 a.m.
Free Admission
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1 comment:

Tom said...

Great post about the Singapore Art Museum! Check out our post on the Singapore Art Museum (SAM) and let us know what you think!

Happy Travels Everyone!