SAM Mini Mobile Museum SAM Mini Mobile Museum

SAM Mini Mobile Museum


  • 3 Apr – 4 Aug 2019

  • Regional Libraries of Tampines, Woodlands and Jurong

  • Free admission

  • All Resources

SAM Mini Mobile Museum is a travelling art exhibition held in partnership with the National Library Board. 

The Mini Mobile Museum introduces the multifaceted nature of contemporary art through a selection of SAM’s permanent collection artworks, adapted for non-museum spaces and created by Southeast Asian artists. Featuring art forms like drawing, installation, sound and video, the Mini Mobile Museum invites the viewer to an intimate experience of the commissioned artwork within a public space. Every exhibition will be accompanied by self-guided activities for families.


SAM Mini Mobile Museum: May Tainga ang Lupa (The Land has Ears) by Rodel Tapaya

The Land has Ears harnesses the rich mythology of the Philippines, capturing the fables, folklore and legends of the many indigenous groups that once existed across the archipelago. Alive with colourful characters such as spirits and monsters, such tales of bravery, deception and wit stirred the imagination and entertained. Transmitted orally – often told by an elder to a child – many of these stories were forgotten during the Philippines’ many years of western colonial rule. 

The work unfolds across the seven themes of Land, Water, Fire, Plants, Animals, the Human and Spirit World. Tapaya brings these tales of yore into the current-day by weaving in contemporary issues such as environmental damage, urban poverty, pollution and land scarcity. 

In the artist’s words, “Stories of myths and folktales are our ancestors’ way of understanding the world. The work hopes to illuminate these stories of the past and find inspiration and understanding of the world in the present times.” 

Rodel Tapaya’s commission for the SAM Mini Mobile Museum responds to a suite of four dioramas created by Tapaya in 2009, that are currently in SAM's permanent collection. They are: Pedro and the Witch, The Hunter of Pinamaloy, Origin of Grain and The Wise Monkey and the Foolish Giant.


Exhibition Venues and Dates


1. Tampines Regional Library: 3 Apr – 12 May 2019
2. Woodlands Regional Library: 15 May – 23 Jun 2019
3. Jurong Regional Library: 26 Jun – 4 Aug 2019

Opens daily, unless otherwise stated. Please check the respective library's website for address and opening hours.


on-site giveaway

Love to draw? Get creative at the SAM Mini Mobile Museum activity corner and receive a SAM goodie bag*!

Just 1) follow @singaporeartmuseum on Instagram
2) post your drawing** 
3) hashtag #singaporeartmuseum

Show your post to the SAM gallery sitter who is on site to redeem your goodie bag – while stocks last! 

* Limited to one goodie bag per participant. 
** The drawing must be a completed and coloured "Connect the Dots" or "Extend the Story" activity sheet.

programme details

Art Wellness Workshop
08 May Wednesday 02:00 PM

Art Wellness Workshop

associated exhibition:

Mini Mobile Museum

Kopi Teh and Contemporary Art
10 May Friday 03:30 PM

Kopi, Teh and Contemporary Art


associated exhibition:

Mini Mobile Museum

A Date with SAM
18 May Saturday 01:00 PM

A Date with SAM


associated exhibition:

Mini Mobile Museum