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July’s Visual Art Extravaganza!

By Zaki JufriEvents - 27 June 2011 6:01 PM | Updated 13 July 2011

July’s Visual Art Extravaganza!

Every month, Singapore’s host of galleries mount new exhibitions—but how do you know which are worth visiting? Join us as we take you straight to the most talked about contemporary art as well as classic art pieces of the moment.

CAN'T MISS

Munich Automobiles

OK. A car showroom isn’t really an art gallery but for TWO days in July, art and car lovers can come together to marvel at the latest BMW Art Car, this time done by the illustrious contemporary artist Jeff Koons. Since 1975, renowned artists from all over the world have been transforming BMW automobiles into pieces of art, each personifying a particular period.

This year, the 17th BMW Art Car, created by celebrated pop artist Jeff Koons, will be showcased at the world’s first dedicated BMW M dealership, Munich Automobiles in Singapore from July 11 -12. For the past two years, the BMW Art Cars have visited museums around the globe as part of a world tour, and Singapore is lucky enough to be the car’s next stop.

National Museum of Singapore 

Art and photo junkies should head down to the National Museum of Singapore for Abbas, 45 Years In Photography (through Sept 18). Presenting a retrospective exhibition of 133 visually striking black and white photographs and four audio-visual clips by renowned photographer, Abbas. Having travelled around the world for 45 years, covering and experiencing important political and social events, such as the Iranian Revolution, Abbas’ photographs capture the struggles within different societies in a globalised world.

Vue Privee

A new addition to Singapore’s art and photography scene, Vue Privee, founded by photographer, Oliver Henry, is a new art concept space and brand focused on limited edition artworks, merchandise, events and a lifestyle that is inspired by photography. This June, the gallery hosts not one but two art showcases. First up is Moving Still, featuring eight Asian artists--Kim Xu, Aíman, Sheryo, Mr. B, Jolene Lai, Eman Reharno, and Amanda Ang—who reinterpret part of a dialogue or quote from a cinematographic frame into their own works of art. There’s even a surprise piece by renowned film Director, Glen Goei who reveals his first ever art installation piece.

Singapore Tyler Print Institute 

Anyone who has stepped into the Singapore Tyler Print Institute (STPI) will be amazed at how its resident guest artists and master printers are able to make magic on the humble paper. Using paper, pulp and a lot of ingenuity, invited artists are presented with an unusual challenge: To work out of their comfort zone and taking their vision onto paper and printing. But don’t go expecting run of the mill paintings; some of the works that have come out of its workshops are jaw-dropping. It’s much anticipated summer shows are definitely one not to miss.

This time, they’re showing the works of British giant David Hockney (through Jul 30). This survey of one of the most significant artists exploring and pushing the boundaries of figurative art today not only follows his artistic development but also pays homage to some key figures of inspiration such as Matisse and Picasso. Best known for his chic, minimal portrayals of Los Angeles, California, these works on paper reveal his unique eye into the people and environment around him and show how his deft and experimental printing techniques are a true testament to the legacy he had with Master printer Kenneth Tyler.

Societe Generale Private Banking Gallery

The wall is first perceived as an insurmountable obstacle. Over time, ways to get round it are devised. Walls between Peoples, part of Month of Photography Asia 2011, features a series of photographs documenting the stories of ordinary people living in conflict areas like Tijuana, Belfast, Jerusalem, Seoul and Laayoune, by authors-photographers Alexandra Novosseloff and Frank Neisse.

Held at Alliance Francaise’s Societe Generale Private Banking Gallery, this exhibition also invites reflection about the walls that separate people, both physically and mentally. It questions the idea of the other as ‘unknown’, ‘misunderstood’, ‘dangerous’, which incites people to build walls so as to distance themselves, to reject the other so that they no longer have to see them. Through the photographs, it invites visitors to discover areas of crisis and deep ideological antagonisms that are amongst the most complex in the world, all represented together for the first time in a single space.