1) Not your average art exhibition: Howndingdown
What:Art installation by Mumbai-based artist T.V. Santhosh
When: Now till Feb 17, 10am to 7pm daily
Where:Tanjong Pagar Distripark, 37 Keppel Road
How much: Free
Renowned Indian painter and sculptor T.V. Santhosh wants you to stop and share at his art installation “Howndingdown”. It is a provoking image of 30 metallic German shepherd dogs arranged neatly in rows, with digital timers in red figures on their backs. This installation is part of a special collectors’ showcase in a new international art fair, Art Stage Singapore.
2) Congo River: Arts of Central Africa
What: Art exhibition featuring African cultures
When: From now till April 10, 9am-7pm; except Mon 1pm-7pm; Fri 9am-9pm
Where: Special Exhibitions Gallery, Asian Civilisations Museum
How much: $8 for adults, $4 with concession
The mighty river of Congo, known as the ‘river that swallows all rivers’, links the nations of the Democratic Republic of Congo, the Republic of Congo and Gabon. Expect beautifully-made sculptures and masks used in African traditions. The exhibition features works by Pablo Picasso, who was strongly influenced by African art as he developed modernist art. This exhibition is the first of its kind to be held in Southeast Asia.
3) Silent Coercion: Sumatra’s East Coast Through A Colonial Lens
What: Exhibition about the importance of photography in colonial discourse
When: Now till Feb 6, 10am-6pm
Where: The Canyon, Basement, National Museum of Singapore
How much: Free
History buffs would be interested to take a look at the 64 images taken on Sumatra’s East Coast while it was under Dutch colonial rule. This exhibition serves to highlight the functional aspect of photography in colonial discourse as well as understanding stories captured with a camera’s lens.