Art Exhibitions in Asia to Visit this October

Pull yourself away from your screens and get inspired by these artists' showcases
Thursday 30 September 2021

In the wake of the devastation wrought upon on a global scale due to the coronavirus, galleries and museums are gradually opening their doors for art connoisseurs and eager collectors alike. Now that the restrictions are slowly easing up and more people are fully vaccinated, we have narrowed down a few art exhibitions that are available for physical visits.


Dale Chihuly: Glass in Bloom in Singapore 

Ending on 3 October 

Dale Chihuly Glass in Bloom

As part of the final days before the end of Dale Chihuly: Glass In Bloom’s major garden exhibition, there will be an exclusive showcase with artworks by four local artists including Circle of Life (2021) by Florence Ng; Adam and Eve (2018), a bronze artwork by Jahan Loh; Discover Your True Self (2021) by Koh Dawn and The Colours That Surround Us (2021) by Tunku Khalsom.

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There is also an assortment of complementary programmes and activities to make art more accessible to the public. A few of Dale Chihuly: Glass In Bloom’s limited edition sets––Barolo Villa Oppi Wineglass, Glass in Bloom Tote bag and more––are also available for purchase at the Chihuly in Bloom online gift shop.


Hotel Garni by Georg Baselitz at Thaddaeus Ropac in South Korea

Available from 6 October to 12 November


Hotel Garni will showcase unique and distinctive new artworks by Georg Baselitz at Thaddaeus Ropac gallery, whose historic connection with the city dates back to his first institutional solo exhibition in Korea at the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in 2007. Available for public viewing for the first time, the 12 paintings and 12 drawings were created specifically for the opening of the new gallery space in Seoul. In his new series of large-scale canvases, Baselitz shows the multipartite figure of his wife, whose images have occupied a prominent place in the development of his practice for over 50 years––abstracted yet sensuous, suspended in isolation in an undefined space. 


Daniel Arsham: Sands of Time in China

Available until 10 October


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Daniel Arsham, the ‘fictional archaeologist’ creates an entirely new body of work made from moulds of some of history’s greatest sculptures. Granted unprecedented access to the workshops of the Grand Palais, which house some 12,000 moulds of artworks held in the collections of the Vatican, the Louvre and more, Arsham has been able to make exact replicas of classical marbles and Renaissance masterpieces––before decaying them with his signature crystal-growth forms. The solo exhibition exclusively for Arsham will be held at the UCCA Center for Contemporary Art in Beijing.  


Midway Between Mystery and Symbol: Yayoi Kusama’s Monochrome in Japan

Available until 26 December


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The polka-dot-obsessed Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama is often associated with a kaleidoscope of colours. For this latest exhibition, she highlights some of her most important works including her Abstract Expressionist “infinity net” painting, and her silver phallic sculptures from the 1970s. The exhibition will also showcase one of her famous mirror rooms and an installation in which every inch of a domestic interior is covered with flowers.