5 big-deal exhibitions to watch out for in Singapore

It’s that time of the year again when the city’s major museums are rolling out big, new exhibitions. We’ve rounded up the ones you must catch. From the geeky to the sublime, there’s something here from everyone.

Big Bang Data

ArtScience Museum’s recently opened exhibition wonders about the past, present and future of data. And we don’t just mean boring statistics. We also mean those millions of photos you take on your phone all day long. The show features installations and contemporary data visualizations from the likes of international artists such as Christopher Baker, Ryoji Ikeda, Ingo Günther, and Stefanie Posavec. Our favorite is a giant celestial dome whose glittering stars are powered entirely by a live data feed from the world’s stock markets. The exhibition runs from May 21-Oct 16, but why wait till then?

Christianity in Asia: Sacred Art and Visual Splendour

Kickstart your weekend by getting up close and personal with a fine selection of art pieces that aided the spread of Christianity across Asia. Running from May 27-Sep 11 at the Asian Civilisations Museum, the exhibition is a collaboration with institutions from places like Portugal, the Philippines and Hong Kong and features paintings, ceramics, and altarpieces crafted with unique Asian techniques by both Christian and non-Christian artists.

Pusåkå – Heritage and Culture of the Javanese in Singapore

The Singapore-Javanese community has teamed up with the Malay Heritage Centre for this collection of exquisite artifacts, including family heirlooms passed down through generations. The month-long exhibition runs from May 29-Aug 28 and is the third installation of the Se-Nusantara series by the MHC featuring Singapore’s sub-ethnic groups. Admission is free.

Odyssey: Navigating Nameless Seas

Starting in June, dive headfirst into a collection of ocean-themed commissioned artwork and on-loan pieces produced by contemporary artists such as Wyn Lyn Tan, Rashid Rana, Pratchaya Phinthong, and Richard Streitmatter Tran. The exhibition contemplates the metaphoric resonances and scientific truths of the seas and runs from Jun 4-Aug 28 at the Singapore Art Museum.

Celebrating Radio: Sounds from the Past

This one opened a few weeks ago, but if you haven’t already immersed yourself in the tech-nostalgia, check out the new-ish exhibition at the National Museum of Singapore running through Jul 17. Travel back in time as you look at broadcasting technologies from the past such as a phonograph dating back to the 1920s, and radios from different eras.