Medium at Large explores the idea of medium in contemporary art, probing some of the most fundamental and pressing questions of art - its making, and also our experience, encounter and understanding of it. The year-long exhibition at Singapore Art Museum (SAM) revels in the rich expanse of materials that contemporary artworks can be made of, and from, with artwork media ranging from oil paint to rattan, human hair, live bullet shells, as well as 'dematerialised' media like sound and language. The exhibition also scrutinizes the very 'slipperiness' of medium as once-stable categories and genres begin to slide into one another. Medium at Large draws largely from our permanent collection, and also includes loans and commissions from Singaporean, Southeast Asian, and Asian artists. Across 32 artworks, the exhibition probes and ponders the fluid - if ever-elusive - nature of art: of art's medium, at large.
Ang Song Nian, Senja Road, Singapore, 2009, from the series "And Now, Like Sleeping Flowers...", 2009 - 2010, archival Piezography print, 106 x 84 cm, edition 1/3, Singapore Art Museum Collection.
21 Mar - 6 Jul 2014
Singapore Art Museum, SAM at 8Q
The first exhibition presented by the Singapore Art Museum (SAM) after the Singapore Biennale, UNEARTHED draws on works from SAM's permanent collection as well as private collections, offering an insight into how artists living in Singapore's urban environment view and respond to the natural world. A complementary exhibition in SAM at 8Q will present artworks from artist residencies at the Earth Observatory of Singapore - a research centre dedicated to the study of earth sciences and natural phenomena.
If names matter, what can we say about untitled artworks that seem to say nothing, or quite possibly everything? To what extent do titles, images and art-making processes attach meaning to art?
Untitled, the second edition in SAM’s Not Against Interpretation exhibition series, draws from the National Heritage Board’s collection of drawings, paintings, prints and sculptures by Singapore contemporary artists Cheo Chai Hiang, Chua Ek Kay, Goh Beng Kwan, Lim Tzay Chuen, Brother Joseph McNally, Anthony Poon, Tang Da Wu, Tang Mun Kit and Zai Kuning, amongst others. Visitors are invited to leave their suggestions of a suitable title for the untitled pieces.
Not Against Interpretation is an experimental platform to nurture an appreciation for contemporary art. The projects created on this platform exploit the ‘openness’ of contemporary art, the fact that it can be interpreted in many ways, as an opportunity to engage with people from varied backgrounds.
Eko Nugroho, It's All About Coalition, 2008, bronze, 190 x 60 x 60 cm, Singapore Art Museum collection.
Singapore Art Museum
The Learning Gallery is SAM's permanent exhibition dedicated to presenting artworks selected from the museum's collection to promote engagement and discussion of broader issues through contemporary art. The gallery also aims to nurture an appreciation for art and develop creative and analytical thinking among its visitors, including the young.
People and Places
SAM People and Places showcases 20 Southeast Asian contemporary art works from SAM's permanent collection that looks at the people, places and spaces around us. Revolving around ideas of identity, urbanisation, globalisation and the environment, these works present the artists' visions and interpretations of pertinent issues about urban living in the modern cityscape. Designed to complement the Ministry Of Education's Study of Visual Arts (SOVA) and Humanities curriculum, this exhibition addresses themes such as self-identity, social identity, relationships, society and culture.
Wall Mural by Speak Cryptic, in collaboration with residents of Taman Jurong
Our Museum @ Taman Jurong
On-going | Taman Jurong Community Club
Our Museum @ Taman Jurong is Singapore’s first community museum. Located at the Taman Jurong Community Club, it showcases artefacts and artworks from Singapore’s National Collection, as well as creations from the community.
Curated by the Singapore Art Museum, the theme of the museum’s exhibition is “Picturing Home”, where visitors can view archival photographs of what Taman Jurong used to look like in the past and learn about the unique history behind this neighbourhood.
Our Museum @ Taman Jurong is a collaboration between the National Heritage Board (NHB), Taman Jurong Citizen’s Consultative Committee, Taman Jurong Community Arts and Culture Club and People’s Association (PA).
Venue: Taman Jurong Community Club 1 Yung Sheng Road Singapore 618495
Opening Hours: Mondays to Fridays: 3pm to 7pm Saturdays and Sundays: 10am to 6pm Closed on Public Holidays