Happenings this week
An exclusive GranTurismo Prisma showcase
When: Now until 25 February 2024
Where: 26 Dempsey Road
Looking for a new car that truly reflects your personality? Then perhaps the Maserati Fuoriserie programme is right up your alley. The programme, which empowers customers to design one-of-a-kind Maseratis, celebrates the brand’s commitment to innovation and automotive excellence. Find out more at Dempsey, where a GranTurismo Prisma one-off is on display for a limited time only. Find it equipped with a Nettuno V6 internal combustion engine, 14 different colours painted by hand and details of more than 8,500 letters applied and varnished, also by hand.
Proof of Personhood
When: Now until 25 February 2024
What does it mean to be human? Especially in a world dominated by social media and digital tools? Proof of Personhood examines identity in a world of AI, and the valuable commodity that is ‘authenticity’. Featured works by local and international artists expand the genre of portraiture, and through both human and non-human subjects, they highlight the evolving conception of what is considered human. Look forward to video installations, algorithmically generated images and sculptures, and more, by Christopher Kulendran Thomas, Song-Ming Ang and many others.
Hermès Chaîne d’Ancre exhibition
When: 27 February to 3 March 2024
Where: Hermès Liat Towers
Discover Hermès’ latest range of Chaîne d’ancre jewellery at the flagship store at Liat Towers. The collection, which borrows inspiration from the Madison’s beloved anchor chain motif, has continued to grow under the hands of Pierre Hardy, the creative director of fine jewellery. The anchor chain is now fused with a ring, and it can be transformed into varied forms of accessories, from bracelets and rings to ear cuffs and bag slings. By appointment only. Book by calling +65 6933 3222.
Esquina turns 12
When: 28 February 2024
Esquina, known for its contemporary Spanish and Catalan cuisine, turns 12 this year—a big number in restaurant years. Which is why executive chef Carlos Montobbio has plans to celebrate all year long, with monthly menu collaborations (S$120) featuring his close circle of chef friends. This 28 February 2024, Montobbio will be cooking with Mano Thevar of Thevar and Tambi, with Antonio Miscellaneous (La Bottega Enoteca), Rishi Naleendra (Cloudstreet and Kotuwa), Hatch Hashida (Hashida) and others to follow. Book here.
Time & the Tiger
When: Now until 3 March 2024
Where: Singapore Art Museum
The Singapore Art Museum and Art Sonje Center present Ho Tzu Nyen: Time & the Tiger, a mid-career survey showcasing two decades of Ho’s practice. Featuring eight installations, including the new commission, T for Time. The exhibition title, Time & the Tiger, symbolises Ho Tzu Nyen’s exploration of time through the lens of the tiger’s dispersion across Asia. From geological shifts to historical symbolism, tigers represent a multi-dimensional matrix of time, challenging linear progression and inviting contemplation on the coexistence of various temporal scales. The show will also later be featured across other global venues, including ASJC (Seoul) and Hessel Museum of Art (New York). More information here.
Meditations on Shadow Libraries
When: Now until 10 March 2024
How can we think beyond mere capitalisation of data? And should everyone be allowed to share information freely without consequence? Those are the questions visual artist Heman Chong will explore. In Meditations on Shadow Libraries, his second solo exhibition with STPI, Chong seeks answers through the unexpected shapes and forms of today’s individual (and informal) libraries, reflecting on the dissemination of knowledge and limits of control. Visit STPI for more information.
When: Now until 16 March 2024
Where: Alliance Française de Singapour
Alliance Française de Singapour presents La Veste, an exhibition exploring the evolution of the male blazer by iconic French fashion houses. Curated by Leonard Choo, the showcase features 42 carefully chosen blazers from the collection of law professor and fashion photographer David Tan. The exhibition, organised into four themes, examines the historical, societal, and cultural influences on men’s fashion, from military styles to the liberating 1960s counter-culture. La Veste invites visitors on a fashion journey through time, highlighting the transformative history of men’s style and its deep cultural significance. Find out more here.
When: Now until 17 March 2024
Where: Asian Civilisations Museum
Introducing Manila Galleon: From Asia to the Americas, Singapore’s first large-scale exhibition exploring historical Pacific trade links that connected Asia to the America and Europe. With over 140 exquisite objects from the 16th to 20th century, the exhibition delves into the cultural and artistic heritage formed by the exchange of people, goods, and ideas between the Philippines and Mexico, uniting seemingly distant regions in a shared legacy. More information can be found here.
Tropical: Stories from Southeast Asia and Latin America
When: Now until 24 March 2024
Where: National Gallery Singapore
Drop by Topical: Stories from Southeast Asia and Latin America, the world’s first large-scale exhibition to compare the different artistic expressions of two regions, united in struggles against colonialism. Featuring over 200 paintings, sculptures, performances and sensorial installations—with many shown in Singapore for the first time—it traces the way artists forged connections and fostered solidarities, reclaiming their place in the world of art. Featured artists include Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera, Patrick Ng Kah Onn and others more.
When: Until 7 April 2024
Where: ArtScience Museum
Embark on a thrilling journey through science fiction at the ArtScience Museum’s year-end showcase. Mars: The Red Mirror explores 12,000 years of Martian culture, history, and science, featuring over 300 objects, including an authentic Martian meteorite. Transition to New Eden, an exhibition curated by the museum, spotlighting 24 female artists redefining sci-fi. With close to 70 artworks, it delves into the connections between Western sci-fi and Asian culture. Conclude the experience with the iconic “Future World” exhibition, blending art, science, magic, and metaphor. Find out more here.
47 Days, Sound-Less
When: Until 14 April 2024
Where: The Engine Room, SAM at Tanjong Pagar Distripark
If you’re looking to explore relationships between sound, silence and nature, then this film is for you. 47 Days, Sound-Less, by Vietnamese artist Nguyễn Trinh Thi, a reflection on the inextricable relationship between a place and its inhabitants, offers new ways of looking and listening. Through natural landscapes for backdrops and characters from American and Vietnamese movies, it identifies peripheries that reveal more-than-human perspectives. Commissioned by the Han Nefkens Foundation, Mori Art Museum, M+ Hong Kong and Singapore Art Museum, the film can be viewed at The Engine Room, SAM at Tanjong Pagar Distripark. Admission is free.
Longest in the world
When: Until 18 May 2024
Where: Gardens by the Bay
Building upon a five-year mission to save the world’s most endangered species, internationally renowned public artists Gille and Marc share the stories of animals on the brink of extinction through global project Love The Last. Each individual sculpture is based on real animals that the pair have photographed and sketched, which then come to life in augmented reality. Discover more here.
HSBC Women’s World Championship 2024
When: 29 February to 3 March 2024
Where: Sentosa Golf Club
Celebrate women and golf at the 16th edition of the HSBC Women’s World Championship. See top LPGA players compete over four days on The Tanjong course at Sentosa Golf Club, with Lilia Vu, Ruoning Yin, Celine Boutier and Minjee Lee, the world’s top four, as headliners. Ticket holders will also get to unwind at the Fan Village, where there will be all sorts of food, drinks and fun activations for one and all. Tickets here.
The New York Secret
When: 1, 2 and 8 March 2024
Where: Somewhere in Chinatown
Secret Theatre, an immersive theatre experience founded by actor-director Richard Crawford, is back with another great play. The New York Secret, a hit in London, will come to Singapore this March and take audiences back in time to ‘80s New York City for disco music, Manhattan-inspired food and drinks, and unexpected surprises. The plot is to be discovered and the location, disclosed only to registered participants. Tickets begin at S$166.50 with optional food and beverage add-ons.
Hiroshi Senju: Between Movement and Stillness
When: 8 March to 27 April 2024
Where: Sundaram Tagore Gallery
Internationally renowned artist Horishi Senju (born 1958, Tokyo), who was awarded the 77th Imperial Prize and Japan Art Academy Prize the past three years, has been exploring the power of nature for over 30 years. Such as the waterfall, which to him, is a unifying symbol and life-giving force that anyone anywhere can appreciate. This decades-long commitment to the waterfall is his homage to Earth, and is most reflected in Waterfalls, a monochromatic and multicoloured series, spray gunned and airbrushed with manmade and bespoke natural pigments produced in Japan. It’s a monumental signature of his that will surely—sorry—make a splash at the Sundaram Tagore Gallery, alongside other high-profile projects he’s undertaken.
Tom Jones’ Ages & Stages Tour
When: 10 March 2024
Where: The Theatre at Mediacorp
Living legend Tom Jones is bringing his Ages & Stages Tour to Singapore this March. As one of Britain’s all-time greatest singers, with over 100 million records sold, Jones’ upcoming tour will be the cherry on top of a colossal career of over 60 years. Look forward to soul-stirring ballads and classics, brought to live by a distinctive voice and magnetic charisma that is Tom Jones’. Tickets here.
Andre Chiang’s homecoming
When: 13 to 24 March 2024
Where: La Dame de Pic
Chef Andre Chiang will be making a return to Singapore for an exclusive residency at Raffles Hotel Singapore this 13 to 24 March 2024. Chiang, who left Singapore to open Raw Taipei (his two-star restaurant) back in his hometown, will be cooking up a storm at La Dame de Pic. For S$650, one will enjoy signatures from Raw and the defunct Restaurant Andre over 12 courses, each paired with alcohol or non-alcohol. Book here.
When: 19 April to 26 May 2024
Where: Sands Theatre at Marina Bay Sands
Hamilton, a multi-award-winning musical including The Tony, Grammy, Olivier & Pulitzer Prize, narrates America’s history through the lens of Alexander Hamilton. The New York Times hails it as a transformative theatrical landmark, using a groundbreaking blend of hip-hop, jazz, R&B, and Broadway, influencing culture, politics, and education. Created by Lin-Manuel Miranda, directed by Thomas Kail, and based on Ron Chernow’s biography, Hamilton continues to influence and captivate audiences worldwide. Get your tickets here.
Featured image by Hoda Afshar