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Things to do in Singapore: Our picks of events in April 2021

What’s on our diary in this month.

POETIC STROKES

Discover how calligraphy allows classical Chinese poetry to be reimagined through a local lens. The Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre and National University of Singapore bring together 10 local calligraphers, including Choo Thiam Siew and Yong Cheong Thye to introduce fresh takes on 22 poems through depictions of familiar landscapes from HDB flats and the Merlion, to tropical fruits and expressions of evolving sentiments and identities of the local Chinese.


Until Apr 4

THE SOUND INSIDE

The Singapore Repertory Theatre’s 2021 season opens with a play by award-winning playwright Adam Rapp, about an unusual connection forged between a professor and student. Intensely intimate and deeply moving, this haunting play explores the question of what one person can do for another.


Until Apr 10

SQUARING THE CIRCLE

The solo exhibition at Mizuma Gallery by Singaporean artist Ben Loong represents his latest works produced in the past year and revolve around themes like industry, craftsmanship and cartography. These pieces are more focused on studio-based materials like clay and bone china, and show off his dexterity with various techniques.

HEMAN CHONG: PEACE PROSPERITY AND FRIENDSHIP WITH ALL NATIONS

The artist’s first solo exhibition at STPI Gallery brings together artworks featuring the Brexit coin, the back doors of embassies, The Straits Times and the QR codes of Singapore’s Covid-19 SafeEntry system – a constellation of conceptual gestures based upon everyday encounters and autobiographical objects that chronicle the complex political and cultural landscape of our present moment.


Until Apr 18

NO REGRETS, A TRIBUTE TO EDITH PIAF

Be transported to an intimate Parisian cabaret in Sing’theatre’s show combining elements of both theatre and musical. First produced in 2007 and reprised in 2011 with rave reviews, No Regrets, A Tribute to Edith Piaf showcases a repertoire of 20 songs in French and English such as La Vie en Rose, and returns to the stage in celebration of Sing’theatre’s 15th anniversary this year.


Apr 14 to 25

THINK: CHINESE CALLIGRAPHY, CONNOISSEURSHIP AND COLLECTING

Historical objects from the Ming and Qing periods are displayed within an intimate, contemporary setting in this exhibition at the ACM, seeking to not only present but also evoke personal responses from visitors and start dialogues on how we communicate and what we choose to hold dear.


Until Apr 25

FOR ART’S SAKE: SHAKEN & STIRRED

Discover works from 50 Southeast Asian artists while supporting home-grown businesses. Local creative collective GOFY presents 62 artworks across 13 exhibition venues reimagining famous and iconic Western art, with a twist. Venues include bars, cafes and lifestyle spaces such as Sago House, Two Men Bagel House and The Projector. From now until May 2, patrons will receive a venue exclusive code entitling them to $50 off an art purchase.


Until May 2

SINGAPORE STREETS

Singapore-based artist Louise Hill pays homage to our ever-changing city with 11 limited-edition hand-finished giclee prints charting her personal explorations and observations of our streets. The colourful artworks are on show at the Art Space of SIRI HOUSE Dempsey, where she will also take residency every Friday during the exhibition period.


Until May 14

THE CURIOUS CASE OF THE MISSING PERANAKAN TREASURE

The first virtual interactive play of its kind set in the iconic Raffles Hotel Singapore, The Curious Case of the Missing Peranakan Treasure is a new immersive experience by the hotel, Double Confirm Productions and Sight Lines Entertainment. Audiences explore the property to piece together clues and solve the mystery. Guests can participate online or in person at the hotel. Limited-time “daycation” and staycation packages are available as part of the experience.


Apr 1 to Jun 30

PICTURING THE PANDEMIC: A VISUAL RECORD OF COVID-19 IN SINGAPORE

Featuring commissioned works by Singaporean photographers and filmmakers as well as personal belongings donated by members of the public to the National Collection, the exhibition at the National Museum of Singapore showcases a deeply personal and extensive view of the lives and experiences of diverse communities in Singapore during the Covid-19 pandemic.


Until Aug 29

LIFE IN EDO X RUSSEL WONG IN KYOTO

Explore Japanese art and culture at the Asian Civilisations Museum (ACM) through woodblock prints of lifestyles and trends of Edo-period Japan as well as through photography of the present-day Kyoto by Singaporean photographer Russel Wong. The exhibition plays on the notion of duality: past and present; print and photography; Edo (Tokyo, the current capital) and Kyoto (the old capital).


Apr 16 to Sep 19

WU GUANZHONG: LEARNING FROM THE MASTER

One of the most significant contemporary Chinese artists of the 20th century, Wu Guanzhong is renowned for his distinctive style that integrates Western and Chinese art traditions. The exhibition at National Gallery Singapore will feature over 80 works of art and archival materials from both Wu and his students at China’s Central Academy of Art and Design. By shining the spotlight on Wu’s lesser-known role as an art educator and his teachings, this exhibition critically expands research on his practice, and adds to discourse on his role and influence in developing modern Chinese art and Asian modernism.


Until Sep 26

THE PERSISTENCE OF MEMORY

This ongoing online exhibition by The Hour Glass surveys the last 50 years of artisanal watchmaking and aims to create a living online repository of the key members of this contemporary independent watchmaking movement, documenting its developmental timeline and photographing and archiving its most important watches.


Ongoing

A VOYAGE OF LOVE AND LONGING

For the first time, the National Museum of Singapore pairs works from the William Farquhar Collection of Natural History Drawings with the world of Malay literature, including classical texts and pantuns (rhyme quatrains), to provide a fresh, lyrical perspective on the collection. Visitors can enjoy interactive, digital activities and on-site displays as well as take home mementos of their favourite drawings and poems, or create digital postcards of them.


Until Dec 31

(Main and featured image: National Museum of Singapore)

This story was published in the March 2021 issue of Prestige Singapore.

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