about SAM about SAM

about SAM

about SAM 

The Singapore Art Museum (SAM) focuses on international contemporary art practices, specialising in Singapore and Southeast Asia. 

Our Vision
The Singapore Art Museum will be pivotal among contemporary art museums in the region and on the region, inspiring humane and better futures.

Our Mission
The Singapore Art Museum breathes Art into Life. Through contemporary art, we make infinite room for everyone to think, feel, experience and imagine.


Housed in a restored 19th-century mission school, Singapore Art Museum opened its doors in 1996 as the first art museum in Singapore. Also known as SAM, the museum is now a contemporary art museum

SAM has built one of the world's most important public collections of Southeast Asian contemporary artworks, with a growing component in international contemporary art. SAM draws from its collection and collaborates with international contemporary art museums to co-curate and present contemporary art exhibitions. Contemporary art of the region is also given international exposure through SAM's travelling exhibition programme and collection loans. 

Visitors can extend their SAM experience through complementary and exhibition-related education and public programmes such as: 


  • exhibition-related public programmes and workshops
  • educational programmes and workshops which cover a diversity of art trends and contemporary art practices for all ages
  • outreach programmes where SAM programmes are extended outside of the museum to schools, community centres, and partner locations
  • SAM exhibition downloadable activity sheets for pre-schoolers, primary, secondary and tertiary level students

SAM is the organiser of the Singapore Biennale in 2011, 2013 and 2016.

On 13 November 2013, SAM became incorporated as an independent company limited by guarantee.

our board



Mr. Edmund Cheng
Deputy Chairman
Wing Tai Holdings Limited


Ms. Chong Siak Ching 
National Gallery Singapore

Ms. Junie Foo
Group Executive Director
Methodist Welfare Services

Mr. David Heng 
Chief Executive Officer
ABC World Pte Ltd

Dr. Imran Bin Tajudeen
Assistant Professor, Dept of Architecture, School of Design and Environment
National University of Singapore

Prof. Lily Kong
President and Lee Kong Chian Chair Professor of Social Science
Singapore Management University


Prof. Brian McAdoo
Professor of Science
Yale-NUS College

Mr. Michelangelo Samson
Managing Director
Head, Leveraged Finance, ASEAN
Standard Chartered Bank Limited

Mr. Collin Liu
Chief Operating Officer
Rajah & Tann Asia


Mr. Zulkifli Bin Baharudin
Executive Chairman
Indo Trans Logistics Corporation


Mr. Timothy Chin Jun Wun
Senior Director (Arts and Heritage)
Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth

Mr. Low Eng Teong
Assistant Chief Executive (Sector Development)
National Arts Council

annual reports

Our Annual Report covers the period from 1 April through to 31 March each year, in accordance to the fiscal year. You may download our Annual Reports below:


FY2015 Annual Report
FY2016 Annual Report
FY2017 Annual Report
FY2018 Annual Report


SAM offers visits to the museum for members of the media who hold a valid media pass. Please contact us at least 3 working days in advance to arrange for a media visit.


For media photography and filming requests, please download and complete the Media Shoot Application Form and email it back to us at least 2 weeks in advance. Applications are subject to approval by the museum. 


For any other media enquiries about SAM, please email us [email protected].



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about contemporary art

Contemporary art is created by artists living and practicing in the here-and-now, particularly the 21st century. Contemporary art may be regarded as both art of the present-day, as well as art of a historical category, that for the Southeast Asia region may be seen as emerging from the 1970s, and in the case of Singapore, reaching a critical juncture in the 1990s.
Contemporary art reflects on contemporary society and the issues surrounding people and the world we live in. The areas that contemporary art explores include our everyday realities, questions about personal, cultural and national identity, and reflections of humanity’s impact on the environment. 
Contemporary artists work in a wide range of mediums, and their artworks can be multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary. Contemporary art utilises a combination of materials and methods, and concepts play a prominent part to challenge traditional boundaries and ideas of how art is defined—or even what constitutes art.
When engaging with contemporary art, viewers are encouraged to consider whether the work is "thought-provoking" or "interesting". Beyond asking "Is this work aesthetically pleasing?", viewers can also reflect if the artwork questions the status quo, or changes perspectives on an issue.

quotations & tenders

There are no tender notices at the moment. Invitations to Tender are published at 10am on weekdays (except PHs) if available.

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