Olivia Ho recommends

Arts Picks: Olivia Ho recommends absurdist play Citizen Dog and Russian artist Anna Berezovskaya's work



This absurdist play by theatre-makers Oliver Chong and Liu Xiaoyi is based on Qing-dynasty supernatural short story collection Liaozhai Zhiyi. It features a cast of characters ranging from a literary hermit and a shady foreigner who wants to rent a room to run a massage parlour, to a fox spirit and a profanity-spewing dog.

WHERE: Victoria Theatre, 9 Empress Place MRT: City Hall/Raffles Place WHEN: 8pm (today); 3 and 8pm (tomorrow); 3pm (Sunday) ADMISSION: $35 to $55 from Sistic (call 6348-5555 or go to www.sistic.com.sg) INFO: Performed in Mandarin with English surtitles. Advisory 16 (some mature content and coarse language)


This biennial children's festival by National Gallery Singapore puts the spotlight on a Singapore artist. This time, it is pioneer performance artist and Cultural Medallion recipient Lee Wen, whose commissioned work, A Waking Dream: Sun-boy And Yellow Man, will be presented through a series of five immersive installations throughout the gallery.

It will be accompanied by other works by international artists such as We Make Carpets from the Netherlands, teamLab from Japan and Mark Justiniani from the Philippines.

WHERE: National Gallery Singapore, 1 St Andrew's Road MRT: City Hall WHEN: Tomorrow to Sept 9; 10am to 7pm (Saturdays to Thursdays); 10am to 9pm (Fridays) ADMISSION: General admission, free for Singapore citizens and permanent residents, $20 for foreigners INFO: www.nationalgallery.sg


Australian artist eX de Medici (above) depicts brutal violence and surveillance in the gentle medium of watercolours - from Spies Like Us, a 6.2m-long painting in which tiny birds fly around giant, grey surveillance cameras, to Family Portrait (Birnam Wood), in which flowers explode like fireworks from the mouth of a gun.

WHERE: Sullivan + Strumpf, 01-06, 5 Lock Road MRT: Labrador Park WHEN: Till June 24, 11am to 7pm (Tuesdays to Saturdays); 11am to 6pm (Sundays) or by appointment ADMISSION: Free INFO: sullivanstrumpf.com


Russian artist Anna Berezovskaya returns for another solo exhibition in Singapore that will feature her surreal, fairy tale-like work, which includes Birthday Together (2017, above), with echoes of hearth and home.

WHERE: Redsea Gallery, Block 9 Dempsey Road MRT: Commonwealth/ Holland Village WHEN: Until Sunday, 11am to 8pm daily ADMISSION: Free INFO: www.redseagallery.com

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 08, 2018, with the headline 'Arts Picks'. Print Edition | Subscribe