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Arts Picks



The Singapore branch of Japanese gallery Ota Fine Arts presents this solo exhibition by Chinese mixed-media artist Cheng Ran.

One of his most notable works is The Lament, a ghostly 13-minute video work based on the poem of the same name by Qu Yuan during the Warring States period of ancient China.

In it, a man painted white with tattoo-like marks on his body performs a mysterious ritualistic dance. Gradually, viewers realise a second video of a guitarist is being projected within the dancer's moving silhouette.

The video's background music is a collaboration among Cheng, Shanghai guitarist Wang Wen Wei and electronic musician Valley.

WHERE: Ota Fine Arts Singapore, 02-13 Gillman Barracks, 7 Lock Road MRT: Labrador Park WHEN: Jan 12 to Feb 23, 11am to 7pm (Tuesdays to Saturdays), 11am to 6pm (Sundays); closed on Mondays and public holidays ADMISSION: Free INFO: www.otafinearts.com


Catch the last weekend of this site-specific exhibition at the Esplanade's visual arts space Jendela by Singaporean artist Tang Ling Nah, which explores transitional spaces in the city.

It consists of four constructed rooms with real and unreal windows and plays with the idea of windows opening into a duality of spaces: inside versus outside, private versus public and reality versus illusion.

Tang demarcates spaces in the rooms using artificial lighting within the gallery and natural light that seeps through Jendela's louvred windows, along with charcoal drawings on the walls. After the exhibition ends on Sunday, the drawings on the walls will be erased.

WHERE: Jendela (Visual Arts Space), Level 2 Esplanade Mall, 1 Esplanade Drive MRT: Esplanade/City Hall WHEN: Today, 11am to 8.30pm; tomorrow and Sunday, 10am to 8.30pm ADMISSION: Free INFO: www.esplanade.com


This exhibition at the private Parkview Museum celebrates the art of drawing in charcoal, pencil and ink.

Drawings by 42 contemporary artists from Europe, Asia, Africa and the Americas are on display.

Highlights include noted Chinese artist Qiu Zhijie's 7.2m-long Map Of Art And China After 1989: Theatre Of The World (2017), which marks events from the birth of communist China to the landmark Beijing Olympics.

WHERE: Parkview Museum, Level 3, 600 North Bridge Road MRT: Bugis WHEN: Until Wednesday, noon to 7pm (Mondays to Saturdays) ADMISSION: Free INFO: www.parkviewmuseum.com


Pianist Huizi Zhang and composer-pianist Gu Wei (above) challenge perceptions of the toy piano as child's play in this concert that premieres new works for the diminutive instrument, including ones written by 20something Singaporean musicians Yuting Tan and Jun An Chew.

The child-sized toy piano looks like a piano, but is closer in sound to a percussion instrument like the German glockenspiel.

A piano has strings, while a toy piano uses metal rods to emit sound and does not have pedals.

WHERE: Esplanade Recital Studio, 1 Esplanade Drive MRT: Esplanade/ City Hall WHEN: Tomorrow, 7.30pm ADMISSION: $25 from play-play.peatix.com

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 04, 2019, with the headline 'Arts Picks'. Print Edition | Subscribe