July is proving to be an exciting month for art, with Asian Civilisations Museum’s Guo Pei exhibition being the main highlight. If you’re on the lookout for something a little quieter (read: without snaking queues) consider these new art shows and festivals to peruse over the weekends.

1. Disturbing Narratives

The Parkview Museum’s latest exhibition brings in a series of curious and unsettling works from over 30 artists across the globe. These artists tap on to enigmatic metaphors and symbols, unveiling darkness hiding beneath the guise of normality. The exhibition is meant to shock viewers while also offering a sense of ‘liberation’ of self. If it proves too philosophical, consider this exhibition a good gateway to alternative works of art.

Disturbing Narratives
600 North Bridge Road, Level 3, Parkview Square, Singapore 188778
June 27, 2019 - February 8, 2020
2. Aliwal Arts Night Crawl

Aliwal Arts Night Crawl is back for a seventh edition with curated programmes paying homage to the tradition and culture of Kampong Glam. The festival will see a series of tours around the enclave, ranging from street art explorations to walking storytelling sessions on the history of Kampong Glam. There will also be poetry readings, dance performances and a pop-up night market along Aliwal Street for everyone.

Aliwal Arts Night Crawl
28 Aliwal Street, Singapore 199918
July 13, 2019 - July 13, 2019
3. Victory March - A Solo Exhibition

Indonesian artist Vani Hidayatur Rahman makes his first solo exhibition at Ode to Art Gallery in Singapore. The exhibition showcases 15 new works, featuring his iconic motif: a colourful army of construction workers. Rahman’s new works pay homage to famous icons from technology to music, inspired by their power to unite humanity.

Victory March - A Solo Exhibition
252 North Bridge Road, #01-36E/F, Raffles City Shopping Centre, Singapore 179103
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Ode To Art
June 7, 2019 - July 10, 2019
4. Singapore Twilight

After taking up an art residency in the Arctic, local artist Ren Zi returns home with an arresting photographic exhibition built around a fictional future of post-apocalyptic Singapore. In this world, set in icy landscapes, Ren Zi imagines a lone survivor clinging on to the last vestiges of Southeast Asian heritage by ritualistically binding batik cloth over boulders, icebergs and twigs. A powerful visual contrast of colour in a desolate world.

Singapore Twilight
64 Spottiswoode Park Rd, Singapore 088652
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Art Porters
July 3, 2019 - September 1, 2019
5. Eternal Spring

Opera Gallery explores the merging of traditional Korean craft and modern art through the works of leading South Korean artists, Cho Sung-Hee and Lee Gil-Rae. Cho adopts aesthetic cues from Dansaekhwa, a monochromatic art movement from Korea, for her textured minimalist works. Delicate circles, cut from Korean mulberry paper, are repetitively applied onto a coloured surface to create Cho’s unique three-dimensional works. Lee Gil-Rae creates whimsical tree-form sculptures from steel and copper pipes, taking inspiration from traditional paintings of pine trees.

Eternal Spring
2 Orchard Turn, #02-16, ION Orchard, Singapore 238801
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Opera Gallery
June 28, 2019 - July 14, 2019