Collecting in the Digital Age: Sylvain Levy, Co-founder of DSL Collection

Dominique and Sylvain Levy are leading collectors of contemporary Chinese art. The pair started collecting as a young couple more than 25 years ago, buying works from flea markets to decorate their house. It wasn’t long before the French couple started to collect more seriously, turning to works by Western contemporary artists such as Robert Rauschenberg, Manolo Valdes, and Antoni Tapies, before moving on to contemporary design, amassing an impressive collection, ranging from Ron Arad, to Marc Read more

[Preview] Gitanjali – Breaking Ground on Tagore

Where The Mind Is Without Fear, Rabindranath Tagore Where the mind is without fear and the head is held high Where knowledge is free Where the world has not been broken up into fragments By narrow domestic walls Where words come out from the depth of truth Where tireless striving stretches its arms towards perfection Where the clear stream of reason has not lost its way Into the dreary desert sand of dead habit Where the mind is led forward by thee Into ever-widening thought and action Into Read more

[Review] I Stand Corrected/Hatched, Singapore International Festival of Arts

A long white dress held aloft by balloons, a skirt decorated with wooden clothes pegs, a woman balancing laundry on her head while fluttering her feet on pointe, another dragging a laden suitcase; the poignant double bill of I Stand Corrected and Hatched is awash with these indelible images and more. The former is a collaborative work by South African choreographer Mamela Nyamza and British-Nigerian writer Mojisola Adebayo, a hard-hitting exposé of the brutal "corrective Read more

Bask in Beauty at Singapore Writers Festival 2014

Bookworms and inspired storytellers have much to rejoice from 31st October to 9th November, as the inaugural Singapore Writers Festival celebrates its 17th edition with the participation of more than 200 international and Singaporean writers.  While last year’s theme pivoted around the idea of Utopia/Dystopia, this year takes a nostalgic look at beauty and its all-encompassing presence in things that surround us, be it in poetry, literature or the world-at-large. If SWF 2014’s The Read more

New Platform for Emerging Artists

After a stint of globe-trotting with her husband, engineer Namrata Rao decided to finally give in to her passion for the arts and set up MultiCult, an online platform in Singapore specialising in emerging artists and showcasing their passion and stories. Visiting a plethora of art museums and galleries globally, she realised that the best way to explore a country's culture and heritage is not just by meeting the local people but exploring the local art scene. She was struck by the fact that Read more

APB Foundation Signature Art Prize Finalists Announced

The Singapore Art Museum (SAM) and Asia Pacific Breweries (APB) Foundation have announced the 15 finalists whose works have been selected from over 105 nominated entries for this year’s APB Foundation Signature Art Prize 2014, the third edition of the prestigious art prize. This year’s finalists come from Thailand, South Korea, Pakistan, Japan, Singapore, New Zealand, China, Indonesia, Vietnam, Australia, India, Bangladesh and Taiwan.  Works by two Singaporean artists have been shortlisted Read more

Listen to the 20th Century – Defining Sounds, Exploring Music

What do you remember from the last concert you attended? The soloist’s brilliant cadenza? That lovely Adagietto which moved you to tears? What about that queer piece which kept you waiting for 8 minutes before the “actual programme” began? Can you even name its composer? If new music sounds like a massive labyrinth to you, Listen to the 20th Century should change all that. Arguably the best guided tour you will find of twentieth-century music, Listen explores the forces that have Read more

A Fresh Start for Singapore International Festival of Arts (SIFA) 2014

Returning with a brand-new acronym, direction and concept in its 37th edition, SIFA (previously known as Singapore Arts Festival) is all set to show off its fresh sheen in a stellar culmination of artistic productions running from 12th August to 21st September. At its helm is theatre and festival director Ong Keng Sen who will be heading four editions of SIFA, starting with 2014 and ending with 2017. This year, he has carefully curated a selection based on its principal theme, Legacy, setting Read more

Curator Matthew Welch on Japanese Ukiyo-e and Its Abiding Influence

Ukiyo-e or “pictures of the floating world” is a genre style of printmaking and painting developed in Japan during the Edo Period (1600–1868). During this period of relative peace and economic prosperity, Japan developed a vigorous native culture, which increasingly reflected the values and consumption patterns of a newly emerging urban middle-class made up of wealthy merchants and artisans. The licensed pleasure quarter of Edo (the former name for Tokyo), famed Read more

[Preview] Differ 2, Presented by Re: Dance Theatre

It is seven o'clock on a Friday evening. We are tucked away in a warmly lit, dance studio with wooden flooring at the Aliwal Arts Centre. While most people are eagerly clocking out to start the weekend, the dancers of Re: Dance Theatre (RDT), along with several guest dancers from Hong Kong’s award-winning Passover Dance company are soldiering on through a full day of rehearsals that began in the morning. It is all in preparation for RDT’s upcoming double-bill performance at the Goodman Arts Read more