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Singapore Biennale 2016


Singapore Biennale 2016: An Atlas of Mirrors

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Date:Friday, 24 February 2016 (Closing Weekend)
Time:7pm – 11.30pm

Free with Singapore Biennale Admission

[email protected] returns during the opening weekend of Singapore Biennale! Dive into an evening of art and music as the stellar line-up of local musicians set the Singapore Art Museum courtyards ablaze with original tunes, set against contemporary artworks by Singapore Biennale 2016 artists.

Singapore Biennale 2016 Celebrates

Date:Sunday, 25 December 2016 (Christmas)
Sunday, 29 January 2017 (Chinese New Year)
Time:11am – 6pm
Venue:Singapore Art Museum

Free with Singapore Biennale admission

Experience Singapore Biennale 2016 and artworks through a different perspective, and celebrate with all your loved ones with family-friendly activities taking place throughout the Singapore Art Museum. All activities are free with Biennale admission.

Singapore Biennale 2016 Celebrates Christmas
Sunday, 25 December 2016
10am – 7pm (Activities: 11am – 6pm)
SAM and SAM at 8Q

Singapore Biennale 2016 celebrates Christmas! Experience the exhibition and artworks through a different perspective, and celebrate the warmth of the season with your loved ones through family-friendly activities and Christmas caroling.

All craft activities are free with Biennale admission.
Recommended for 4 years old and above. Adults are advised to accompany their young children.

Christmas Carols at the Singapore Biennale
Time: 11am, 12pm, 4.30pm
Venue: Around SAM

Duration: 30 min

Soak in the atmosphere and enjoy choral performances by The Pioneer Voices whose special music arrangements of traditional carols that also reflect different perspectives of the tradition.

Formed in 2010, The Pioneer Voices is an alumni group of Pioneer Junior College choir. They serve as an active platform for former members of the school choir to continue their passion for singing, and to sustain the joy they derive from music-making. Their recent concert, Journey into the Heart of Christmas was also staged at the Singapore Art Museum. They aspire to share the spirit of friendship and the beauty of choral music to all who hear them.

Let’s Create a Personal Diptych
Time: Hourly from 11am – 6pm
Venue: SAM Glass Hall, Level 1

Duration: 45 min

Inspired by the presentation of Phillippines artist Patricia Perez Eustaquio’s artwork, The Hunters Enter the Woods, this workshop introduces participants to the rorschach blot and challenges them to produce weird and wonderful diptychs using printing technique with craft paper.

Let’s Create a Contemporary Kaleidoscope
Time: Hourly from 11am – 6pm
Venue: Outside SAM Learning Gallery 1, Level 2

Duration: 45 min

Taking inspiration from Noah’s Garden II by Chinese artist Deng Guoyuan, participants are encouraged to explore the idea of mirroring effects with a variety of materials to create a kaleidoscope. They can take inspiration from their personal stories with their friends and families, or come up with something completely fantastical from their own imagination.

Wreath of Reflections and Seasons
Time: 11am to 6pm
Venue: Outside SAM Learning Gallery 1, Level 2

Duration: 45 min

May the many beautiful patterns and shapes found in the Biennale artworks ingnite your imagination! Participants can craft and bring home a special wreath to celebrate the season or simply to decorate your personal space!

A Special Christmas Tree
Time: 11am to 6pm
Venue: Outside SAM Learning Gallery 2, Level 2

Duration: 45 min

Taking a leaf from Black Forest 2016, a Biennale artwork by Singapore artist Han Sai Por that highlights the growing deforestation of our planet, participants are encouraged to create a Christmas tree with recycled and found materials in a gesture to conserve nature.

Curator Tour

Date:Wednesday, 30 November 2016
Tuesday, 17 January 2017
Saturday, 4 February 2017
Wednesday, 15 February 2017
Wednesday, 22 February 2017
Time:7.30pm – 8.30pm

$10. Tickets available at SAM and SISTIC.

30 November

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BYOF (Bring Your Own Family / Friends). Enjoy 20% off minimum purchase of 4 tickets when you bring your family and friends down for a tour.

Join the Singapore curators of the Singapore Biennale in an exclusive after-hours tour that focuses and examines specific themes in this edition of the Biennale. Find out more about the artworks and the curatorial decisions that goes on behind the scenes in organising the nation’s pre-eminent contemporary art event.

Creative Director Tour

Date:Tuesday, 10 January 2017
Time:7.30pm – 8.30pm

$15. Tickets available at SAM and SISTIC.

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BYOF (Bring Your Own Family / Friends). Enjoy 20% off minimum purchase of 4 tickets when you bring your family and friends down for a tour.

Come join us for a Director’s take on the Singapore Biennale 2016 as Dr Susie Lingham shares visionary insights into the nation’s most distinguished platform for international dialogue in contemporary art. Spanning several sites, be prepared for a walking tour under the stars as you make your way through selected artworks which may provide unexpected perspectives of viewing the world.

Artists' Workshops

Come take part in a series of hands-on workshops led by Biennale artists. Get to know the artists, learn more about their artworks and gain insight into what inspires them and their practice. These workshops will be held throughout the course of the Biennale.

The Singapore Biennale 2016 Symposium: Why Biennale At All?

Date:Saturday, 21 January 2017 &
Sunday, 22 January 2017
Venue:Gallery Theatre, National Museum of Singapore

$90 for 2-day pass ($70 for students)
$50 for 1-day pass ($40 for students)

The art biennale has had a relatively long and charged history, with the Venice Biennale being the longest established in 1895. More recently, particularly since the 1990s, biennales have become one of the most celebrated and pervasive exhibition formats for contemporary art, especially in the Asian region. Many of the region’s cities, including Bacolod and the Visayas region in the Philippines (with the artist-run-and-organised VIVA Excon), Shanghai, Taipei, Gwangju, Kobe, Kochi, Yogyakarta and Jakarta, all now stage biennales. Although a relatively latecomer, the Singapore Biennale is itself in its tenth year.

Just as the Singapore Biennale 2016 began with the question – from where we are, how do we see the world? – the Singapore Biennale 2016 Symposium takes a critical look at the role, relevance and potentialities of the biennale as concept and format, particularly for and from the context of Singapore, in relation to Southeast Asia and Asia.

Through presentations and conversations from a diverse range of stakeholders including biennale directors, curators, artists and scholars, this Symposium aims to uncover, analyse and question core issues relating to the making, scope, role and experience of biennales, with special focus on the region’s expositions.

Ultimately, this Symposium aims to provide a dynamic space for interested and invested parties from different backgrounds and fields of expertise to actively share, explore and discuss the diverse meanings, modalities and values of the biennale concept, and to contemplate the increasingly complex challenges that the biennale will continue to face in the coming years.

This Symposium is co-convened by the Singapore Art Museum and Dr Hoe Su Fern, Assistant Professor of Arts and Culture Management from the School of Social Sciences at Singapore Management University.

Key issues, themes and questions include:

  • Roles and significance of biennales: what is their purpose, and what and who are they for? What are the historical precedents, models, structures and formats of biennales, especially in Southeast Asia and Asia? What is the role of the biennale, beyond the initial spectacle of the event? How can art events and exhibitions like biennales influence cultural and city/national development, and give rise to more diverse, reflective and vibrant societies?
  • Biennale audiences and publics: who are they, and what are they looking for? What are audiences’ expectations of biennales? How do we chart and evaluate audience development, and their engagement with and appreciation of art presented in the context of biennales?
  • Contesting the biennale format: what are alternative organisational structures, models and formats? Who should and/or could fund biennales? What are some types of practices that resist presentation at biennales?
  • Future of the Biennale: are biennales still relevant, in the context of an increasingly global and complex world? What are the changing expectations of biennales?
  • The Singapore Biennale: what are some of the particularities and specificities of the Singapore Biennale, in relation to its social, political and cultural climates, and in comparison, to biennales staged in other cities?

Check back here in mid-December 2016 for full programme and ticketing details.

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