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Art Picks: Couple Wings, and more

Qian Huili and Wang Zhiping
Qian Huili and Wang ZhipingPHOTOS: ESPLANADE, AARON GAN, ASIAN CIVILISATIONS MUSEUM, YUFUKU GALLERY

COUPLE WINGS

The Esplanade's annual traditional Chinese arts festival, Moonfest, kicks off with this opera production by the Shanghai Yue Opera House.

The opera, about a poet who has to choose between his love for a woman and loyalty to his friend, is set in the late Tang dynasty. It stars award-winning opera singers Qian Huili and Wang Zhiping.

WHERE: Esplanade Theatre, 1 Esplanade Drive MRT: Esplanade WHEN: Today, 7.30pm ADMISSION: $25 to $88 from Sistic (go to www.sistic.com.sg or call 6348-5555)


JOY

Singapore artist Aaron Gan, who won the 2015 UOB Painting of the Year Gold Award in the established artist category, is showing a series of 19 watercolour paintings done in the style of Chinese ink paintings. The works, exuberant in colour and theme, convey a sense of joy.

WHERE: UOB Art Gallery, ground floor, UOB Plaza 1, 80 Raffles Place MRT: Raffles Place WHEN: Till Sept 30, 9am to 6.30pm (Monday to Friday), 9am to 2pm (Saturday), closed on Sunday ADMISSION: Free


CHRISTIANITY IN ASIA: SACRED ART AND VISUAL SPLENDOUR

This is the last weekend to catch the exhibition, which features more than 150 objects ranging from intricate miniatures to exquisite ivory carvings that tell the story of how Christianity inspired art in Asia and spurred the exchange of artistic knowledge and expression in the world.

WHERE: Asian Civilisations Museum, 1 Empress Place MRT: Raffles Place WHEN: Till Sunday, 10am to 9pm today, 10am to 7pm tomorrow and Sunday ADMISSION: $9 (Singaporeans and permanent residents), $15 (foreigners; includes admission to permanent galleries)


MEMORIES IN CLAY: MINDSCAPE

This solo exhibition by celebrated Japanese ceramic artist Ken Mihara features works from his Kei (Mindscape) series. The pieces, which come in a palette of blue, grey, beige and orange, are coloured without the application of artificial or natural glazes.

The colours emerge from the iron-rich clay of his hometown in Izumo, Japan, which he uses, through multiple firings, a process the artist likens to unlocking memories trapped within the clay.

WHERE: Japan Creative Centre, 4 Nassim Road and Mulan Gallery, 36 Armenian Street, 01-07 MRT: Orchard/Bras Basah WHEN: Till Sept 17 at Japan Creative Centre, 10am to 6pm (Tuesday to Saturday), closed on Sunday, Monday and Sept 13; and from Sept 20 to Oct 15 at Mulan Gallery, 11.30am to 6.30pm (Tuesday to Saturday), closed on Sunday and Monday ADMISSION: Free

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 09, 2016, with the headline 'Art Picks'. Print Edition | Subscribe