Big names at National Gallery

FOUR GIANTS OF the art world – two Asians, two Europeans – are set to be marquee names headlining new exhibitions at National Gallery Singapore in 2020. The four – Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, Georgette Chen and Latiff Mohidin – are all expected to draw strong visitor numbers. But it remains to...

Movie outbreaks

FROM STEVEN SODERBERGH’S 2011 hit film Contagion to Netflix’s new documentary series Pandemic, screen depictions of viral infections stopping entire nations in their tracks make for riveting viewing.

Working Relationships

Aesthetic doctors Kevin and Iroshini Chua first met some 25 years ago, and have been together ever since, and they would not have it any other way. A mutual friend had introduced them, when the Chuas were both studying at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland.

Dhaka Art Summit Joins The Dots

WITHIN JUST A few years, the Dhaka Art Summit (DAS) has established itself as one of the world’s most influential art platforms, championing in particular South Asian artists under-represented by principal art institutions. Now in its fifth edition, the biennial event has managed to propel...

Set Sail

WHEN THE SINGAPORE Yacht Show (SYS) debuted in 2011, it had a half-tent, a dozen boats and 3,000 visitors. When it celebrates its 10th anniversary in October 2020, it will draw more than 100 boats, several of them superyachts, and over 15,000 visitors from around the world. Though initially...

Earnestly Yours

Double Trouble

A Poetic Ode To Valentine's Day

John Kenney's latest collection is a sequel to his 2018 bestseller, Love Poems (For Married People) - which is also a great gift for married folks on Valentine's Day.

The Power of Studio Ghibli

STARTING FEB 1, Netflix will showcase the expansive catalogue of animation films by Studio Ghibli, the revered Japanese art house co-founded by Hayao Mizayaki. For Netflix, it’s a smart move to help counter Disney’s withdrawal of all its shows from Netflix to start its own streaming service...

Raising the style bar for men 

BY ALL ACCOUNTS men have become more discerning about what they wear. But they may not have as many resources as women do when it comes to understanding the finer points of fashion. 

Sassy girl

Singapore girl Jocelyn Chia left a career in law to become a full-time stand-up comic in New York. She won a number of awards in the category of new or emerging comedian, and has appeared on MTV, Comedy Central and the Howard Stern Channel.

Blood ties

How do you continue to love a relative suffering from dementia? How do you care for him through trying stretches of aggressive behaviour?

Singapore Art Week 2020: Its best yet

AT THE DE:VOTED art show at Helutrans, artist Urich Lau had set up a 360 degree video camera that captured in real time all the visitors from all angles.

Chinese Folklore

The 7 Sages of the Bamboo Grove is a classic story in Chinese folklore about a group of seven scholar-artists who resisted the rise of the Jin Dynasty and paid a price for it.

In Praise Of Friendship

Danez Smith is one of the most exciting young poets today.

Doing business the Disney way

IN THE LATE 1980s, Bob Iger – then head of ABC Entertainment – greenlit a TV series called Cop Rock.

Qipao Power / Bling In The New Year

THE QIPAO MAY no longer be a common sight on the streets of China. But fashionistas across the world are embracing the dress as a way to affirm their Asian heritage, celebrate global multiculturalism and, well, make a splash in a slinky form-fitting garment. 


A Drive To Succeed

Green Fingers

Veteran journalist Pauline Dawn Loh has written a memoir about her love of plants and tending gardens in various places around the world.

Time To Buy Art

Walls look empty? No time to visit individual galleries? Check out the second edition of S.E.A.

Lea Salonga, Actress

FOR FANS OF musical star Lea Salonga, there are few more highly-anticipated moments in her concerts than when she randomly selects a stranger from the audience to sing with her A Whole New World from Disney classic Aladdin. At first the man...

Art Takes Over The Island

INTERNATIONAL ART HEAVYWEIGHTS such as Kehinde Wiley (who painted Barack Obama’s iconic portrait), Yinka Shonibare (who’s collected by MOMA and Tate) and  El Anatsui (Venice Biennale 2015’s Golden Lion winner for Lifetime Achievement) are among those whose artworks can be seen at Singapore Art...

Virtuoso Pianist

Nominated as Gramophone Artist of the Year in 2016, Russian-born British concert pianist Yevgeny Sudbin has been impressing audiences with his spellbinding performances since his debut in 2008.

Haunting Sounds

.gif is one of the most exciting musical talents to emerge in Singapore in recent years.

Trends for the 2020s

EXPECT PLANT-BASED FOOD to go mainstream, as more major food companies such as Tyson Foods, Kellogg and Nestle offer their own plant-based products to compete with those of Impossible Food and Beyond Meat.