contemporary art from southeast asia is both global, and a reflection of its time and place

SAM’s collection focuses on contemporary Southeast Asian art, while also encompassing the wider Asian region, such as China, India, Korea and Japan, to provide a broader cultural context for the core collection.


Reflecting the character of contemporary art, works represented in SAM’s permanent collection span a broad spectrum of media and sensibilities, ranging from installation to video, to photography, painting, sculpture, and others. Through a robust cycle of acquisition, the SAM collection now features numerous iconic works of contemporary Southeast Asian art.


Here we present to you a selection of  artworks from our permanent collection for your enjoyment and discovery.