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5 Cool Events To Check Out This Week: June 12 - 16

Art and fashion fans have it good this week with the opening of two massive blockbuster exhibitions – the couture-ladden “Guo Pei: Chinese Art and Couture” show at the Asian Civilisations Museum and the social activism-focused “Awakenings: Art in Society in Asia 1960s-1990s” exhibition over at National Gallery Singapore.

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Guo Pei: Chinese Art and Couture
China’s first couturier and creator of Rihanna’s viral yellow caped gown from Met Gala 2015 is back in Singapore, this time for a solo exhibition at the Asian Civilisations Museum, titled “Guo Pei: Chinese Art and Couture”. Alongside 20 artworks from the museum’s own collection, 29 masterpieces from Guo Pei’s archive will be on display, some of which were directly inspired by said artworks and will be on display for the first time. And yes, Rihanna’s gown will be on display as well. Drop by ASAP, before images from the exhibition floods your social media feed. More details here. June 15 – Sept 15, 10am – 7pm Asian Civilisations Museum, 1 Empress Place Pink Screen
Get ready for a lot of pink  in June in the lead-up to Pink Dot – arts-wise, there’s Pink Screen at The Projector, a mini-film fest of five international works. While we’re a tad disappointed that most of the works aren’t entirely new to Singapore, there are still gems such as Orlando, in which Tilda Swinton plays an trans-gendered noble who traverses centuries and the critically acclaimed South African coming-of-age musical drama Kanarie, which opens the festival. More details here. June 13 – July 13, various times The Projector, #05-00 Golden Mile Tower  Pasar Pink!
If relaxed weekend markets are more your thing, head to Open Farm Community for Singapore’s first, truly inclusive social market where everyone is welcome, celebrated and equal. There’ll be limited-edition merch (all the better to prep for Pink Dot), live DJ sets and great food as always from Open Farm Community. More details here. June 16, 12pm – 10pm Open Farm Community, 130E Minden Road Awakenings: Art in Society in Asia 1960s-1990s
Jointly curated by the Museum of Modern Art Tokyo (MOMAT), Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art Korea (MMCA), Japan Foundation Asia Center and the National Gallery Singapore, this must-catch exhibition spotlights how artists throughout Asia began to realise and use art to challenge social norms during the period from the ’60s to the ’90s (a time of rapid industrialisation) – something which continues to be relevant (or potentially even more so) in 2019’s fractious political landscape. Expect 142 provocative artworks from more than 100 artists who represent 12 Asian countries. Highlights include local art icon Tang Da Wu’s They Poach the Rhino, Chop Off His Horn and Make This Drink (pictured above), an installation and performance piece first staged 30 years ago that aims to destroy the ridiculous myth of the supposed curative powers of a rhino’s horn in Asian cultures – something that continues to haunt and literally kill wildlife until today. More details here. June 14 – Sept 15, 10am – 7pm National Gallery Singapore, 1 St. Andrew’s Road Antea Social
If you’re in the know, you might have been seeing a beautiful (and yes, highly Instagrammable) new tea cafe at Jalan Besar pop up on your ‘Gram feed. Called Antea Social (geddit?), they’re still currently in soft launch phase and as of now, the menu consists mainly of specialty teas (we recommend the houjicha) and cakes (opt for the honey earl grey). This Saturday night, they’ll be putting on a casual gathering with tea-based cocktails by Seedlip bar and live DJ sets, so if you’re in the area, be sure to drop by for a mellow night out. June 15, 8pm – 10.30pm Antea Social, 9 Tyrwhitt Road