Singapore has witnessed a string of remarkable art exhibitions in recent years, from the Van Gogh exhibition to Nam June Paik’s showcase at the National Gallery. Now, as we eagerly anticipate the Singapore Art Gallery Weekend, featuring 50 local galleries welcoming the public for a two-week extravaganza, the art scene is ablaze with excitement.

Instead of sifting through various exhibition websites, we’ve curated your art journey by handpicking the 5 best ongoing exhibitions this September.

1. Now Is Not The Time

Photo: Now Is Not The Time / Facebook

Now Is Not The Time is an immersive art exhibition created by American artist Daniel Arsham to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the birth of Singapore’s Founding Father Lee Kuan Yew.

Beyond a mere tribute, this exhibition seamlessly weaves art and technology. With the fusion of AI, architecture, film, and music, it eloquently narrates the remarkable journey of Lee Kuan Yew’s life and enduring legacy.

Now Is Not The Time

Date: 10-24 September 2023

Address: 25 Pasir Panjang Rd, Singapore 117536

2. Singapore Art Gallery Weekend

Photo: STPI Creative Workshop & Gallery / Facebook

Embrace the vibrant tapestry of Singapore’s art scene this month at the much-awaited Singapore Art Gallery Weekend, running from 15 September to 1 October 2023.

If the prospect of an entry fee has been a deterrent to exploring art exhibitions (although most in Singapore are already free), this annual extravaganza offers the perfect opportunity to engage with the city’s vibrant art scene at no cost.

With an impressive roster of 50 participating galleries, the Singapore Art Gallery Weekend presents a captivating blend of contemporary artistry, featuring both local talents and international luminaries. Among this year’s featured galleries are renowned names such as JW Projects, STPI Creative Workshop and Gallery, The Arts House, and many more. Further details can be easily located on their Google Maps list.

Don’t miss this chance to embark on a complimentary artistic journey and savor the diverse expressions of creativity during the Singapore Art Gallery Weekend.

Singapore art Gallery Weekend

Date: 15 September-1 October 2023

Address: Islandwide

3. Tint, Tone, Shade

Photo: Sudaram Tagore Gallery

Tint, Tone, Shade showcases the remarkable power of color in art.

From striking paper constructions by the Detroit-based artist Neha Vedpathak to luminous works on metal by New York artist Miya Ando, Tint, Tone, Shade takes you on a chromatic adventure that’s both visually stunning and thought-provoking.

Located at Gillman Barracks, this is the perfect spot for parents to seek refuge from their daily routine. But of course, for parents looking to introduce their little ones to the world of art, this exhibition offers a golden opportunity. The vibrant, rainbow-hued creations and exotic animal-infused photographs will undoubtedly capture your child’s fascination. Don’t forget to check out the cafes at Gillman Barracks, such as the newly-opened Wheeler’s Tropicana, or the renowned Creamier ice-cream.

Tint, Tone, Shade

Date: 2 September-11 November 2023

Address: 5 Lock Road #01-05, Gillman Barracks, Singapore 108933

4. Form & Agency

Photo: Sundaram Tagore Gallery

This month, dive into the cutting-edge world of art with Form & Agency, a groundbreaking exhibition by local artist Brandon Tay.

Presented by Yeo Workshop, Tay’s work explores the digital frontier and the dynamic interplay between the tangible and the intangible. His exhibition promises a fresh perspective on the materiality of the digital realm. Inside the gallery, you’ll encounter five mind-bending 3D-printed sculptures alongside an immersive environment that transports you into virtual ecosystems — accessible online as well. This exhibition operates on three intriguing levels: the physical sculptures, the virtual dimensions of the artworks, and an interactive game simulation, all working in harmony. It’s an immersive experience that will not only leave you in awe but will also spark your child’s curiosity about the limitless possibilities of the digital age.

Form & Agency

Date: 26 August-1 October 2023

Address: 9 Lock Road, #03-17, Gillman Barracks, Singapore 108170

5. Historia by Natee Utarit

Photo: Richard Koh Fine Art

Discover the rich tapestry of art and history this September at “Historia,” a solo exhibition by Thai artist Natee Utarit.

Presented by Richard Koh Fine Art, delve into the fusion of knowledge and the past. Utarit’s “Hierarchy of Painting” series unveils 24 meticulously crafted paintings that bridge the gap between historical influences and contemporary creativity. Exploring themes of art publications and his formative years, this exhibition offers an intimate glimpse into Utarit’s life and artistry.

Historia by Natee Utarit

Date: 9-30 September 2023

Address: Richard Koh Fine Art, Blk 47 Malan Road, #01-26, Gillman Barracks, Singapore 109444

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