1. Dreams & Reality: Masterpieces of Painting, Drawing & Photography from the Musée d’Orsay, Paris at the National Museum of Singapore
If you’re a big art fan and want to see some masterpieces by the so-called great artists, then the National Museum of Singapore has a treat for you. Dreams & Reality: Masterpieces of Painting, Drawing & Photography from the Musée d’Orsay, Paris features great works from that world-renowned Parisian art museum. Pieces in the exhibit include Paul Cézanne’s The Card Players (pictured above), Vincent van Gogh’s Starry Night, and Alexandre Cabanel’s The Birth of Venus. There are free guided tours in English daily at 11:30am and 2:30pm, while for an extra $8, you can take the curator’s tour by Szan Tan (this month, it’s on 11 November, Friday, and 23 November, Wednesday, both at 7:30pm). The exhibit runs from 26 October 2011 to 05 February 2012. Tickets are $11 (including admission to the rest of the museum), or $19 for the curator’s tour.
2. Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition and Dalí: Mind of a Genius at the ArtScience Museum
For those who continue to be fascinated by that famously “unsinkable” ship, the ArtScience Museum has recently opened Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition. About 275 artifacts from the Titanic are on display. Not only that, but the exhibition also includes numerous immersive and interactive features, such as a replica of the Grand Staircase (Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio not included). Also at the ArtScience Museum is Dalí: Mind of a Genius, which exhibits over 250 of famed artist Salvador Dalí’s works, including the scultpture Dance of Time I and the painting Spellbound (seen above). Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition runs from 29 October 2011 to 29 April 2012, while Dalí: Mind of a Genius runs only until 13 November. A ticket for Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition is $24, Dalí: Mind of a Genius is $15, while an all-access pass that includes both is $28.
3. The Affordable Art Fair Singapore
If you’re more interested in buying art rather than just looking at it, then there’s the Affordable Art Fair Singapore. Founded in London by William Ramsay in 1999, the AAF was established to give people the opportunity to purchase contemporary art cheaply. The AFF now has editions in New York, Melbourne, Amsterdam, Brussels, and Milan; Singapore is its Asian edition. The Affordable Art Fair Singapore runs on 18-20 November. Advance admission is $8 while event day tickets are $10.
4. 15th German Film Festival
The Goethe-Institut Singapur presents the 15th German Film Festival at The Cathay Cineplex and Cathay Cineplex Cineleisure Orchard. Included in this year’s main program are films that won or were nominated at this year’s German Film Awards, such as Vincent Wants to Sea (pictured above, winner of Outstanding Feature Film and Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role), Poll Diaries (winner of Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role), The Day I Was Not Born (winner of Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role), Almanya – Welcome to Germany (winner of Best Screenplay), and Outstanding Feature Film nominees Lessons of a Dream and Goethe!. The German Film Festival runs on 9-20 November.
5. Richard III
If you prefer live entertainment, then don’t miss William Shakespeare’s Richard III at the Esplanade Theatre. Richard III is the final presentation of The Bridge Project, a collaboration by between BAM in New York, The Old Vic in London and Neal Street, and Singapore Repertory Theatre. This staging of Richard III is directed by Academy Award and Laurence Olivier Award winner Sam Mendes, and stars Academy Award winner and Old Vic Artistic Director Kevin Spacey (yes, THAT Kevin Spacey) in the lead role. The play runs 17-26 November.
6. Concerts: The National, Good Charlotte, Elton John, and 2PM
As I mentioned above, Singapore is a hot spot for major concerts, and November is no exception. The National (shown above) plays on 6 November, Sunday, 8pm at Esplanade Theatre (tickets are almost sold out, so get them fast). Good Charlotte plays on 18 November, Friday, 7:30pm at The Coliseum in Hard Rock Hotel Singapore at Resorts World Sentosa. If rock isn’t your thing, and prefer a bit of nostalgia, Elton John plays his greatest hits on 20 November, Sunday, 8pm at Singapore Indoor Stadium. Lastly, for fans of K-Pop, Korean boy band 2PM will be playing in Singapore on 19 November, Saturday, 7pm at Singapore Indoor Stadium.
7. Sports: Rugby, Swimming, and Golf
For those more interested in sporting events, Singapore has three international sporting events this month. If you’re still on a Rugby World Cup high, then check out the SCC International Rugby 7s. Rugby sevens is the format that will be included as an Olympic sport in Rio 2016 (as opposed to rugby union, played at the World Cup). This year’s field includes teams from Australia and New Zealand, as well as the French national team. SCC International Rugby 7s will be on 4-6 November at the Padang.
Swimming fans can check out the Singapore leg of the FINA/Arena Swimming World Cup. World-class swimmers will be participating at this year’s event. More importantly, this event marks the return of Australian Olympic hero Ian Thorpe from retirement. FINA/Arena Swimming World Cup Singapore will be on 4-5 November at Singapore Sports School.
Finally, if rugby and swimming are a little too exciting for you, there’s always golf. The Barclays Singapore Open once again attracts a number of top-flight golfers such as Ernie Els, Jim Furyk, Webb Simpson, Phil Mickelson, Graeme McDowell, and Padraig Harrington. Barclays Singapore Open will be on 10-13 November at Sentosa Golf Club.