Akshita Nanda arts correspondent recommends

Arts Picks: Treasures of the World, Sous la Lune, Older but Wiser and more


This haunting showcase features black-and-white street photographs of the elderly in Singapore taken by local photographers who favour film negatives over digital, as well as paintings inspired by the photos.

It is put together by independent publisher and studio The Very Quiet Studio with partners such as art club My Art Space, photography co-operative Analog Film Lab and social enterprise Senior Active.

WHERE: Galeri Utama, Galeri Nila, The Foothills Fort Canning Park, 70 River Valley Road MRT: Clarke Quay WHEN: Closing today, 10am - 9pm ADMISSION: Free INFO: theveryquietstudio.wix.com/olderbutwiser


Palais de Tokyo in Paris is one of Europe's largest centres for contemporary art and this is its first collaboration here with a Singapore institution. The show at Lasalle College of the Arts features 11 artists from South-east Asia and France.

Connections are a major theme of works such as Oanh Phi Phi's lacquer on wood work, Mapa Mundi (above), while French artist Marguerite Humeau's exploration of mortality takes inspiration from Egyptian queen Cleopatra, with yellow walls evoking the venom of the deadly Black Mamba snake.

WHERE: Gallery 1, Institute of Contemporary Arts Singapore, Lasalle College of the Arts MRT: Bugis/ Dhoby Ghaut WHEN: Until Feb 3, noon - 7pm (Tue - Sun). Closed on Mon and public holidays ADMISSION: Free INFO: Call 6496-5000 or go to www.lasalle.edu.sg/live-at-lasalle/events/?events/beneath-the-moonsous-la-lune


View the history of the world through more than 200 artefacts and works of art on loan from the British Museum. Look out for ancient jewellery from Mesopotamia or Egypt, and a 3,000-year-old Egyptian mummy- board rumoured - falsely - to have caused misfortunes such as the sinking of the Titanic.

WHERE: Exhibition Galleries (Basement), National Museum of Singapore MRT: Dhoby Ghaut/Bras Basah WHEN: Until May 29, 10am - 7pm daily ADMISSION: $14 (citizens & permanent residents), free for seniors and students (citizens & permanent residents). $20 (others).Tickets from Sistic (go to www.sistic.com.sg or call 6348-5555) or from the museum's visitor services counter INFO: Call 6332-3659 or go to www.nationalmuseum.sg


Catch the closing weekend of Dream Academy's annual Crazy Christmas revue. This year, it puts a zany spin on The Nutcracker ballet with founder Selena Tan in a tutu, for one. Expect comic turns from familiar names: Tan's Dim Sum Dollies trio, Broadway Beng Sebastian Tan as Santa Claus and Kumar as an elf (left).

WHERE: Esplanade Theatre, 1 Esplanade Drive MRT: Esplanade/ City Hall WHEN: 8pm today; 3 & 8pm tomorrow ADMISSION: $66 to $116 from Sistic

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 18, 2015, with the headline 'Arts Picks'. Print Edition | Subscribe