Arts picks


Hong Kong art director Tim Yip holds the distinction of being the first and only Asian to have won an Oscar for art direction, with his lush mise-en-scene in director Lee Ang's Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000).

No stranger to the other arts, Yip has also designed sets and costumes for theatre and dance productions, as well as mounted fine art exhibitions. Among his newest creations are the sublime costumes for Taiwanese dramatist Stan Lai's theatrical masterpiece A Dream Like A Dream. Tickets to the epic eight-hour play's run here this month, as part of the Esplanade's annual Huayi - Chinese Festival Of Arts, are almost sold out (only restricted view seats are left). But those keen to see Yip's creative genius can do so at this exhibition highlighting his extensive body of work.

Where: Esplanade Jendela

MRT: Esplanade

When: Till June 29, 11am - 8.30pm (weekdays), 10am - 8.30pm (weekends)

Admission: Free


Three rising stars of opera from China - bass-baritone Shenyang, soprano Yu Guanqun and mezzo-soprano Zhu Huiling - perform popular classics from the East and West. The programme includes Western operatic arias from Carmen, Don Giovanni and Faust, and well-loved Chinese songs such as Homesickness and How Could I Not Miss Her.

Where: Esplanade Concert Hall

MRT: Esplanade

When: Tomorrow, 8pm

Admission: $38 & $58 from Sistic (go to or call 6348-5555)


Before Singapore Biennale's fourth edition ends on Feb 16, catch a last look at this contemporary art extravaganza. More than 100 works by South-east Asian artists are in the spotlight. Don't miss Singapore film-maker Royston Tan's video installation Ghost Of Capitol Theatre (picture), a collaboration with choreographer Kuik Swee Boon and T.H.E Dance Company. The work explores memories of the iconic, now-defunct theatre in Stamford Road. Watch it at SAM at 8Q, the Singapore Art Museum's annexe in Queen Street.

Where: Presented across the Bras Basah/Bugis precinct, including Singapore Art Museum, SAM at 8Q, National Museum of Singapore, Peranakan Museum, Fort Canning Park, National Library Building, Singapore Management University and Waterloo Centre. Also at Our Museum @ Taman Jurong at the Taman Jurong Community Club in Yung Sheng Road

When: Till Feb 16, 10am - 7pm daily

Admission: $10 (adults), $5 (students & senior citizens who are non-Singapore citizens/permanent residents) from Sistic (other concessions on website)

Tel: 6332-3222 Info:


Famed designers Charles and Ray Eames are known for their timeless furniture creations, in particular, their iconic chair designs that have changed the way people sit as well as office and home interiors around the world. Their innovation, however, extends beyond furniture - to architecture, toys and film. This exhibition explores the couple's extensive oeuvre with 100 pieces, including a special chair designed for Pope John Paul II; the newly released Eames wood shell chair by furniture company Herman Miller, manufacturer of Eames products; and original paintings by Ray Eames.

Where: ArtScience Museum, Marina Bay Sands

MRT: Bayfront

When: Till Feb 16, 10am - 7pm Admission: $13 (adults), $12 (senior citizens aged 65 & above) & $8 (children aged two to 12) for Singaporeans & permanent residents; $15 (adults), $14 (senior citizens aged 65 & above) & $9 (children aged two to 12) for foreigners. Tickets available online from Marina Bay Sands at or call 6688-8826, or from Sistic

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