Visual Arts
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Visual Arts

Importing the transient nature of the performing arts to the exhibiting of visual arts, our visual arts presentations generate a sense of dynamism through a constant change of exhibitions, located in the unusual spaces offered by Esplanade's unique architecture, and centered on four themes a year. Featuring international and regional artists, the focus on contemporary Singapore and Asian artistic expressions gives a visual dimension to the centre's performing arts events and festivals.


Identifying Us


"A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin, and culture is like a tree without roots"
– Marcus Garvey

In an increasingly cosmopolitan world, we are no longer confined to our own cultural practices and milieus. Yet at the same time, we also find it essential to understand what binds us to our homelands — our roots, history and culture.

From October to December this year, the Esplanade Visual Arts programme taps onto the pulses of artists around the region as it journeys with Mit Jai Inn (Thailand), Jompet Kuswidananto (Indonesia) and Bui Cong Khanh (Vietnam) as they delve deep into their examinations and searches for identity within our changing societies and within the spiritual self.



Next up: Body Politic


The term “body politic” originated from a concept that distinguished the physical body of a monarch from the collective body of people under his or her rule. While subject to an authority, the body politic was seen as greater than any mortal human body as it was perpetually renewed, and therefore enduring. In four exhibitions around Esplanade, artists from Singapore, East and Southeast Asia explore the relationship between the individual and collective, as well as the personal and public. Their works examine the roles inhabited by persons in society, and consider the rights their bodies have to occupy space.

In 2017, Esplanade’s Visual Arts programmes centre on the theme of “the Body”. With each quarter’s exhibitions, we hope the theme will unfold to embody some of the breadth and depth of this vast topic.



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