about SAM about SAM

about SAM

about SAM 

 

Singapore Art Museum opened in 1996 as the first art museum in Singapore. Also known as SAM, we present contemporary art from a Southeast Asian perspective for artists, art lovers and the art curious in multiple venues across the island, including a new venue in the historic port area of Tanjong Pagar.

 

SAM is building one of the world's most important public collections of Southeast Asian contemporary art, with the aim of connecting the art and the artists to the public and future generations through exhibitions and programmes.  SAM is working towards a humane and sustainable future by committing to responsible practices within its processes.  

 

Our Vision

SAM will inspire humane and sustainable futures through transformative, thought-provoking and meaningful everyday encounters with art of our times.


Our Mission

SAM will present contemporary art from a Southeast Asian perspective in active dialogue, discovery and collaboration with our constituents; through our collection, research, exhibitions and programmes.

 

our board

CHAIR 

 

Mr Edmund Cheng
Deputy Chairman
Wing Tai Holdings Limited


BOARD MEMBERS

Ms Chong Siak Ching 
Chief Executive Officer
National Gallery Singapore
& Head of Visual Arts Cluster

 

Mr David Heng 
Founder & Chief Executive Officer
Temasek Trust Asset Management Pte Ltd

 

Mr Michelangelo Samson
Chief Executive Officer & Head of Client Coverage Australia
Standard Chartered Bank (Australia)

 

Mr Tay Yu Jin
Equity Partner & Head, International Arbitration (Asia)
Mayer Brown (Singapore) Pte. Ltd.

 

Prof Fumio Nanjo
Senior Advisor
Mori Art Museum

 

Ms Junie Foo
Chief Executive Officer
Methodist Welfare Services

 

Mrs E-Len Fu
Director and Founding Partner
Kids21 Pte Ltd

 

Ms Sumirtra Pasupathy
Co-Founder & Board Director
Playeum Ltd

 

 

EX-OFFICIO

Mr Tan Xuan Rong
Director (Arts and Heritage)
Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth

 

Mr Low Eng Teong
Deputy 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:

 

 

media

SAM offers visits to the museum's exhibitions 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.

corporate governance

corporate governance

 

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