What is Not Visible is Not Invisible

07 Oct 2016 - 19 Feb 2017
Exhibition Galleries,
10am – 7pm (Opens from 1pm on Thursdays)
Last admission at 6.30pm
Free admission for Singaporeans, Permanent Residents and visitors aged 6 years and below

What is Not Visible is Not Invisible
Featuring selected artworks from the French Regional Collections of Contemporary Art (FRAC)

What is Not Visible is Not Invisible broadly surveys the imaginary and the temporary through selected artworks from the French Regional Collections of Contemporary Art (FRAC). The title and design of this exhibition take inspiration from the artwork of the same title by French artist Julien Discrit. The visual paradox initiated in this modest yet profound work sets the premise for the deep-seeded themes that resonate throughout the exhibition.

The 34 artworks by 32 French and international artists navigate a transient journey through both the philosophical and the physical by means of unconventional approaches in art-making. Together, the artworks encourage the audience to interact with and explore the intangible, the emotional and the volatile relationship between the abstract, the organic and the structured.

What is Not Visible is Not Invisible - The Performance Series
13 – 21 Jan 2017 | Various timings
Free with exhibition admission tickets

Presented as an extension of the exhibition, this selection of performances from FRAC invites personal interpretations from audiences to unveil the artists’ message. Through subtle manipulations of simple objects and actions, the artists generate a space in time that delicately underlines a certain presence or absence. The performances invite the audiences to rediscover their immediate surroundings, allowing the opportunity to reflect on the notions of being, movement and motion, time and the ephemeral.

Presented in tandem with Singapore Art Week 2017, the series will restage three performances by artists Àngels Ribé, Jiří Skála and Jiří Kovanda from FRAC. Please click here for details.

SATIEfaction (Asian Premiere)
Erik Satie, Cage and Beyond

Conceived and performed by Margaret Leng Tan with Daniel Jenkins

Fri, 20 Jan | 7.30pm (1h 40min including intermission, Post-show Q&A)
$38 per ticket. $31 concession for students with valid ID, senior citizens and NSFs. 
Tickets are available from SISTIC from 12 January. Ticket price includes $3 SISTIC fee.

Margaret Leng Tan, piano, toy piano
Daniel Jenkins, narrator 
Great Small Works, video

In conjunction with the exhibition and in celebration of composer Erik Satie’s 150th birthday, legendary Singaporean pianist Margaret Leng Tan presents SATIEfaction, a multimedia evening of Satie and Satie-inspired music from John Cage, Toby Twining and Federico Mompou performed on piano and toy piano. Please click here for details.

Beyond the Silence: The Legacy of John Cage
A workshop by Margaret Leng Tan

Sat, 4 Feb | 2pm (2-hour session)
Free with registration

John Cage – the composer, philosopher, writer, artist and mycologist – was your 20th-century Renaissance man. His revolutionary but prescient ideas have had a far-reaching impact on artists in all disciplines, and the cultural landscape of today would be very different if Cage had not existed. In declaring that there is no such thing as an absolute silence and broadening music’s definition to encompass all sound, Cage has made inroads into the Collective Unconscious.

Margaret Leng Tan, one of the most admired of Cage interpreters, worked with Cage from 1981 till his death in 1992. She will present a compelling and persuasive portrait of a true American original who not only upended conventional thinking, but whose pervasive influence on subsequent generations of artists has given the term “maverick” a whole new significance. Please click here for details.

Activity Booklets

Activity booklets recommended for children aged 5 to 12 year olds are also available for download.

Guided Tours

Wed & Fri


Mandarin 华语导览
 Sun 星期天 3pm

Admission Charges

  Citizens & Permanent
(Please present your identification card)
Non-Citizens & Non-Permanent
Adult Free $8
Senior Free
Special Access (Adult/Senior/Student) Free  $4
SIA-Krisflyer Special Rate
Free  $6

*NTUC Cardholders: Present your membership or credit card at the Visitor Services counter to enjoy special admission privileges.

1 Valid proof of identity must be presented at the Visitor Services counter. Terms and conditions apply.

2Applies to non-Singaporean and non-Permanent Resident students from the following types of schools:

  • Govt Aided Schools / Singapore Universities: eg. NAFA, LaSalle, SOTA, Sports School, NUS, NTU, SMU, SUTD
  • Independent Local Schools: eg. Hwa Chong School Int’l, NUS High
  • Private Schools and other non-member International Schools in Singapore: eg. Kaplan, MDIS, SIM, LaSalle International
  • Students from Overseas Schools

A valid School Pass/ID must be presented to enjoy concession price.

Family Time

Visit our permanent galleries with your little ones and play spot-the-artefact! Our colourful Early Learning Resources introduce pre-schoolers to our artefacts according to the themes of Numbers, Colours, and ABCs. Available at $8 per set from the Museum Label shop. For more children's activity booklets, click here.

Museum guide

Download our museum guide (English, Chinese, Bahasa Melayu, Tamil) to find out about the many treasures in our various galleries. In this guide, you will also find the floor plan for easier navigation. Enjoy your visit!