7 November 2014 – 19 March 2017 Singapore Art Museum
The Learning Gallery is SAM's permanent exhibition dedicated to presenting artworks selected from the museum's collection to promote engagement and discussion of broader issues through contemporary art. The gallery also aims to nurture an appreciation for art and develop creative and analytical thinking among its visitors, including the young.
17 February 2017 – 19 March 2017 Singapore Art Museum
a|edge is an annual art exhibition organized by Singapore Teachers’ Academy for the aRts (STAR) to encourage educator-artists in schools to continue to hone their art practices and enhance the professional excellence of the fraternity.
Building off the theme of An Atlas of Mirrors, a|edge 2017 showcases works by educator-artists who have embarked on journeys of artistic inquiry into myriad lived experiences and imagined worlds. The works, created in a range of mediums, reveals how educator-artists navigate the complexities of materials and ideas, wrestling between the tangible and intangible. In making these journeys visible, the educator-artists present new roadmaps to ways of seeing and experiencing our world.
27 October 2016 - 26 February 2017 SAM, SAM at 8Q and other venues
From where we are, how do we picture the world – and ourselves?
In charting our way around the world, humankind has relied on instruments of vision as well as navigation. Atlases map and mirror our journeys of discovery and often make visible more than just physical terrains; driven by our needs and desires, they embolden us to venture into the unknown.
From our coordinates in Southeast Asia, the arc of our shared histories encompasses East and South Asia. These regions bear the imprints of one another’s diverse cultures, even as boundaries are also constantly reimagined. Fraught and unstable, these borders are characterised by fluid movement and migration which also reflect pre-state national entities, and highlight the challenges that beset contemporary conditions.
Where navigational tools like the atlas – a compendium of maps – enable us to set our sights further afield, one instrument in particular – the mirror – brings us into that which is still so mysterious: the self. While we depend on mirrors to show us to ourselves, their reflective surfaces are not always reliable for they echo, skew, magnify and invert.
How will a coupling of an atlas and the curiosities of the mirror shift our perception of the world? Through combining the divergent literal and metaphorical characteristics of these devices, a new instrument of vision and thought is imagined, giving rise to a constellation of artistic perspectives which trace our migratory, intertwining histories and cultures.
An Atlas of Mirrors positions Southeast Asia as a vantage point through which we recognise our world anew.
9 December 2016 to 22 January 2017 SAM Gallery 3.7
Project Dreamcatchers 2016 explores the triumphs and tribulations of youths living with chronic illnesses who are courageously present in a world despite the odds they face. “Into The Looking Glass” invites you to enter the world of our Dreamcatchers as they embark on an immersive journey of memories, perception and imagination. The exhibition presents visual artworks created in collaboration with home-grown artists and creative professionals, emboldening one another to see the world afresh with open minds. This initiative is proudly brought to you by the Department of Paediatrics, National University Hospital in partnership with the Singapore Art Museum.
Project Dreamcatchers 2016 is a parallel project of the Singapore Biennale 2016.
The Think! Contemporary Programme is a multi-visit, museum-based school programme that advocates learning through art at the Singapore Art Museum (SAM).
Integrating school curriculum with museum visits, the programme employs artworks from SAM’s Learning Gallery: Once Upon This Island as primary resource for the classroom teaching and learning of English, Art, Social Studies and Character and Citizenship Education. Inspired by SAM’s Imaginarium: Over the Ocean, Under the Sea, a school has integrated the teaching and learning of Art and Science with museum visits as an extension of this programme.
The Think Contemporary Exhibition 2016 is a culmination of the students’ involvement in the Think! Contemporary Programme, a partnership between six primary schools and the Singapore Art Museum.
This year’s exhibition features students’ artworks from CHIJ Our Lady Queen of Peace, Fuchun Primary School, Geylang Methodist School (Primary), Haig Girls’ School, Mayflower Primary School and St. Anthony’s Primary School.
Various themes explored in this exhibition include Identity, Family, Home and Heritage, a response to the issues and ideas investigated by the artists featured in the Learning Gallery.
The Think! Contemporary Exhibition 2016 is a parallel project of the Singapore Biennale 2016.
Yellow Ribbon Community Art Exhibition 2016 From Night to Light
19 August 2016 - 4 September 2016 SAM
The Singapore Art Museum is proud to announce its seventh year of partnership with the Yellow Ribbon Project. Titled From Night to Light, this year’s Yellow Ribbon Community Art Exhibition 2016 showcases individual and collaborative artworks by a bumper crop of participating artists and artist mentors.
Under the guidance of artists Edwin Ho, Kim Whye Kee, Stellah Lim and Barry Yeow, the inmates have created artworks that unpack concepts of ‘darkness’ and ‘brightness’ and explore themes of ‘home’, ‘hope’, ‘reconciliation’ and ‘transformation’.
From Night to Light has been curated to highlight the rehabilitative journey that the inmates have embarked on through their involvement in the making of art.
Featuring commissioned artworks, artist loans and works from the Singapore Art Museum collection, Odyssey: Navigating Nameless Seas invites visitors into Earth’s watery realms, as seen through the eyes of contemporary artists. Through the centuries, over numerous expeditions, and with ever-increasing sophistication in science and technology, humankind has sailed the seven seas and plunged into the very depths of oceanic trenches. Yet there remains much to be discovered of this alien world.
Odyssey: Navigating Nameless Seas is where artists delve into the unfathomable depths of the ocean’s mysteries, and also think through the tempests that batter our sails on this journey through life. Riddled with twists and turns, where will our explorations take us? While we seem to know more and more about the world around us, to what extent does it give us insights into human nature? To what ends our endless discoveries?
Alfredo and Isabel Aquilizan | Choe U-Ram | Pratchaya Phinthong | Rashid Rana | Sally Smart | Wyn Lyn Tan | Richard Streitmatter Tran | Entang Wiharso | Ashley Yeo and Monica Moon
Delving into the deep, Imaginarium: Over the Ocean, Under the Sea – the sixth edition of SAM’s children-focused annual exhibition – invites adventurers of all ages into the watery realms of our Earth as seen through the eyes of contemporary artists.
A whimsical introduction to the many stories and ideas that surround seascapes, Imaginarium: Over the Ocean, Under the Sea presents tactile and interactive works that encourage discovery through exploration and play. At SAM at 8Q, young people are invited to comb the shores and navigate the deep where they make the acquaintance of mysterious denizens and underwater wonders. We hope that, as protectors of the future, our young visitors will also think about the impact we have on the natural world, and of how, through inventive and wise ideas, we can save our earth and its awe-inspiring oceans.
Yuree Kensaku | Mulyana | Krit Ngamson | Papermoon Puppet Theatre | Karina Smigla-Bobinski | Tan Zi Xi | Janice Wong
5 Stars: Art Reflects on Peace, Justice, Equality, Democracy and Progress
2 October 2015 - 5 June 2016 SAM
5 Stars: Art Reflects on Peace, Justice, Equality, Democracy and Progress is the Singapore Art Museum’s (SAM) salute to Singapore’s Golden Jubilee and the five stars on the Singapore flag, which represent universal humanist values.
In inviting and commissioning five art luminaries of the nation – Ho Tzu Nyen, Matthew Ngui, T.K. Sabapathy, Suzann Victor, and ZulkifleMahmod – to ponder and respond to each of the values, SAM gives scope to these extraordinary Singaporeans, whose life-long commitment to art as a discipline is inimitable and exemplary. Through the creative and curatorial process, these abstract, intangible concepts are made manifest, and each unique artistic expression and presentation offers nuanced and layered interpretations of the nation’s core values, which resonate with Singapore’s multifaceted, complex identity. New ‘thought-spaces’ unfold: from one island nation’s conscious reflections on its ideals, we recognise the humanist foundations of today’s world.
Engaging with these ‘big ideas’ through contemporary art, the 5 Stars exhibition is curated to encourage diverse individuals and audiences to come together to contemplate what these shared human ideals mean in the present day, and how they might continue to help us envision our futures.
The President’s Young Talents distinguishes itself from other art awards as it is the only mentoring and commissioning exhibition programme in Singapore. PYT recognises young artists whose practices chart new dimensions in contemporary art. Inaugurated by the Singapore Art Museum (SAM) in 2001, an independent committee comprising local art professionals and a SAM curator nominates a group of local artists, aged 35 and below, for the award, based on the depth of their practice, their potential for growth, and the contributions they would potentially make to the field of contemporary art. Each artist, working closely with mentors from the committee, will present newly commissioned work for the President’s Young Talents exhibition, which culminates in a Grand Prize winner and a People’s Choice awardee.
The list of finalists for this year’s President’s Young Talents are Ang Song Ming, Bani Haykal, Ezzam Rahman, Loo Zihan and Ong Kian Peng. Representing some of the most exciting strands in contemporary Singapore art, they will create works spanning the disciplines of performance, new media, sculpture and sound.
The 2015 exhibition coincides with Singapore’s SG50 Jubilee Year, and marks the sixth edition of the President’s Young Talents. Aptly, it recognises and celebrates the nation’s ever evolving spirit of artistic creation and innovation. Previous President’s Young Talents artists include Boo Junfeng, Heman Chong, Liao Jiekai, Charles Lim, Lim Tzay Chuen, Donna Ong, Tan Pin Pin and Vertical Submarine, among others, who have gone on to develop outstanding artwork, both within and beyond Singapore.
A survey of contemporary art from the Asia Pacific region, Time of Others features works of artists responding to social, historical and geopolitical concerns at this present juncture of living in a more interconnected world today, where notions of boundary, difference and Otherness have also become more complex.
Time of Others poses the paradoxical question of how we can authentically and meaningfully conceive, understand and engage with other cultural contexts of society, while residing within our own localities, and being part of a globalised world today. The exhibition presents contemporary artists from diverse regions whose works reflect on both individual and shared histories, cultural specificities, colonial legacies, as well as their subjectivities that shape our understanding of culture and identity today.
Time of Others is a co-curatorial collaboration between Singapore Art Museum (SAM) Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo (MOT), National Museum of Art Osaka (NMAO) and the Queensland Art Gallery (QAG). With more than 20 artworks drawn from the participating museums’ collections, artist loans and commissions, the exhibition will travel to the four museums from 2015 to 2016.
The Alchemists is a nod to the Italian movement of the 1970s, Studio Alchimia, whose members’ experimental design pieces resulted in a design language and creativity that challenged the status quo. It was a radical design movement that pushed the boundaries of design, and changed the global design landscape for the future. The title also aims to convey a seemingly magical element, or role, that exists in the act of designing or making. The alchemist of yesteryear dedicated their life to the transformation of materials, from the ordinary to the precious, most commonly from metal into gold. The starting point for The Alchemists project was the designer as alchemist: what can be designed by applying the process of transmutation?
The Alchemists showcase is the result of a lecture and workshop series. These design prototypes were shown in an exhibition at the Triennale di Milano in April 2015, as part of Milan Design Week - the largest and most important design event internationally. The Singapore exhibition at Singapore Art Museum will be the final installment of The Alchemists.
The Alchemists is curated by Italian editor, writer and designer Stefano Casciani, and co-curated by designer Patrick Chia, who is also the founding director of Singapore’s Design Incubation Centre.
This project is organised by Industry+ and supported by the DesignSingapore Council and the Singapore Art Museum
Yellow Ribbon Community Art Exhibition 2015 A New Horizon
11 December 2015 - 27 December 2015 SAM
Singapore Art Museum is proud to partner Yellow Ribbon Project to curate and present A New Horizon, which features individual and collaborative artworks of inmates as part of the Yellow Ribbon Community Art Exhibition 2015.
The inmates worked under the mentorship of artists Ahmad Abu Bakar, Edwin Ho and Izziyana Suhaimi to create artworks in various mediums that revolve around ideas of ‘home’, ‘hope’, ‘heart’, ‘celebration’ and ‘transformation’. The exhibition is curated to reflect the aspirations of the inmates, as they contemplate and embark, through art, on their personal journeys towards ‘a new horizon’.
The annual Think Contemporary Exhibition 2015 showcases the results of this museum-based learning programme, a culmination of the inter-disclipinary, creative and critical thinking approach the programme advocates. Featuring artworks from Haig Girls’ School, Geylang Methodist School (Primary), Mayflower Primary School, St. Anthony’s Primary School, CHIJ Our Lady Queen of Peace and Fuchun Primary School, these artworks are inspired by what students have observed and learnt during the course of the programme.
In naming his fictional island ‘Utopia’, writer Thomas More conjoined the Greek words for ‘good place’ and ‘no place’ – a reminder that the idealised society he conjured was fundamentally phantasmal. And yet, the search and yearning for Utopia is a ceaseless humanist endeavor. Predicated on possibility and hope, utopian principles and models of worlds better than our own have been perpetually re-imagined, and through the centuries, continue to haunt our consciousness.
Drawing largely from SAM’s permanent collection, as well as artists’ collections and new commissions, After Utopia seeks to ask where have we located our Utopias, and how we have tried to bring into being the utopias we have aspired to. By turns, these manifestations serve as mirrors to both our innermost yearnings as well as to our contemporary realities – that gnawing sense that this world is not enough.
Project Dreamcatchers 2015 explores the everyday tribulations and triumphs of living with chronic illness. This fourth instalment showcases artworks created by a group of youths living with chronic illnesses in collaboration with 5 of our homegrown artists – Ezzam Rahman, Green Zeng, Rene Ong, Stellah Lim, and Yeoh Wee Hwee. This initiative is proudly brought to you by the National University Hospital in partnership with Singapore Art Museum and sponsored by National Youth Council as part of the SHINE Youth Festival
Exhibition opens to public at 3pm on Saturday, 14 March 2015
Come celebrate Singapore's 50th birthday with us at SAM as we launch Imaginarium: A Voyage of Big Ideas, an exhibition for everyone and anyone with a head for ideas and a heart for adventure!
Imaginariumis the new edition of SAM’s much-loved annual contemporary art exhibition for children, begun in 2010 and now in its fifth year. In the spirit of SG50, this year's exhibition is inspired by the crescent moon on the Singapore flag, a symbol of a young nation on the rise with the capacity to dream big and think large. What might we be able to envision and aspire to? What worlds could we imagine for ourselves and create for others? With interactive and immersive artworks and hands-on activities at every turn, Imaginarium offers creative space where inspiration can bloom freely, and joyfully!
Featuring artists from Singapore and the region, Imaginarium beckons the adventurers, the dreamers, and the explorers of today to embark on a journey of discovery, and together, sail towards exciting new horizons…
Medium at Large explores the idea of medium in contemporary art, probing some of the most fundamental and pressing questions of art - its making, and also our experience, encounter and understanding of it. The year-long exhibition at Singapore Art Museum (SAM) revels in the rich expanse of materials that contemporary artworks can be made of, and from, with artwork media ranging from oil paint to rattan, human hair, live bullet shells, as well as 'dematerialised' media like sound and language. The exhibition also scrutinizes the very 'slipperiness' of medium as once-stable categories and genres begin to slide into one another. Medium at Large draws largely from our permanent collection, and also includes loans and commissions from Singaporean, Southeast Asian, and Asian artists. Across 32 artworks, the exhibition probes and ponders the fluid - if ever-elusive - nature of art: of art's medium, at large.
APB Foundation Signature Art Prize 2014 Finalists Exhibition
14 Nov 2014 – 15 Mar 2015
Singapore Art Museum
Started in 2008 by the Asia Pacific Breweries (APB) Foundation and Singapore Art Museum, the triennial APB Foundation Signature Art Prize returns for its third edition this year. Recognising the most outstanding contemporary work by both emerging and established artists over the last three years, the prize puts the spotlight on compelling works of visual art from across the Asia-Pacific region.
Selected by a panel of five eminent judges from around the region, the 15 finalists were chosen from a total of 105 nominated artworks from 24 countries and territories. The contemporary artworks represent the very best of the region, and come from 13 diverse countries and territories including Australia, Bangladesh, China, India, Indonesia, Japan, New Zealand, Pakistan, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam. Staying true to contemporary practice, this year’s entries are of an extremely high calibre, collectively showing a real diversity of medium, innovative approach to genre and materials, and strong conceptual ideas. They each address topical issues and collectively shed light not just on the region’s contemporary art landscape but also on concerns and conversations relevant in society today.
The APB Foundation Signature Art Prize is worth SGD 100,000 with SGD 60,000 awarded to the Grand Prize winner and SGD 15,000 each for two Jurors’ Choice Award winners. A People’s Choice Award of SGD 10,000 will also be offered to the artwork that receives the highest number of public votes via on-site at the museum and online.
From 3 October 2014 to 8 February 2015, Singapore Art Museum will present in one space three co-curated exhibitions focusing on the nature of the image as explored in the art of photography and new media.
Immediate, accessible, and mutable, photography and the moving image, as key contemporary practices of visual culture, are highly democratic mediums. Since the turn of the last century, unprecedented developments in the way that the image is created, circulated and consumed, have led to new ways of representation and even new image genres.
Organised and co-curated by SAM, the three exhibitions at the museum are in partnership with the Singapore International Photography Festival, Deutsche Bank, and the Yokohama Museum of Art respectively. In Afterimage: Contemporary Photography from Southeast Asia, artists use non-traditional photographic techniques to articulate concerns about the cultural, political and social landscapes of the region. In Time Present: Photography from the Deutsche Bank Collection, the works of renowned international artists show the multiple possibilities of photography in history over time. Image & Illusion: Video Works from the Yokohama Museum of Art Collection features experimental new media works that expand their subject matter beyond the limits of the medium and representation. As an artistic construction, the image is never self-evident or transparent, but instead always manifests the particularities of history, and the weight of its own time.
Sensorium 360° is an exhibition of Southeast Asian and Asian contemporary art that calls upon the complexity of the human senses, and explores how sensory experiences locate us in understanding the world and knowing the self. While the five senses of sight, hearing, taste, touch and smell are the most commonly known, other identified senses include the ability to detect movement, pain, balance and even time. Oft taken for granted, these physiological capacities are indispensable in enabling us to apprehend the world within and without – taking in its pleasures and pains, even as we absorb data and information.
Spanning the fields of art, phenomenology, philosophy and cognitive psychology, Sensorium 360° is a visual art exhibition that moves beyond vision to 'see' the world through the other senses, and to experience it in-the-round.
This August, the NOISE Singapore exhibition returns to SAM at 8Q with a group show of works by young artists responding to the theme of ‘In Transit’. Inaugurated in 2006 by the National Arts Council, the NOISE Singapore Apprenticeship Programme aims to develop aspiring young artists by pairing them with a mentor. This year, 51 shortlisted apprentices have undergone four months of guidance with industry professionals from creative fields spanning art, design, photography and the moving image. Their works – the outcome of this mentorship programme - will be presented in an exhibition curated by a group of young curators called Mug Collective. Through numerous platforms to express, develop and showcase their creativity, NOISE Singapore seeks to encourage young people in Singapore to actively participate in and nurture their relationship with the arts.
Ang Song Nian, Senja Road, Singapore, 2009, from the series "And Now, Like Sleeping Flowers...", 2009 - 2010, archival Piezography print, 106 x 84 cm, edition 1/3, Singapore Art Museum Collection.
21 Mar - 6 Jul 2014
Singapore Art Museum, SAM at 8Q
The first exhibition presented by the Singapore Art Museum (SAM) after the Singapore Biennale, UNEARTHED draws on works from SAM's permanent collection as well as private collections, offering an insight into how artists living in Singapore's urban environment view and respond to the natural world. A complementary exhibition in SAM at 8Q will present artworks from artist residencies at the Earth Observatory of Singapore - a research centre dedicated to the study of earth sciences and natural phenomena.
Wall Mural by Speak Cryptic, in collaboration with residents of Taman Jurong
12 Jan - 22 Sep 2013 | Taman Jurong Community Club
Our Museum @ Taman Jurong is Singapore’s first community museum. Located at the Taman Jurong Community Club, it showcases artefacts and artworks from Singapore’s National Collection, as well as creations from the community.
Curated by the Singapore Art Museum, the theme of the museum’s exhibition is “Picturing Home”, where visitors can view archival photographs of what Taman Jurong used to look like in the past and learn about the unique history behind this neighbourhood.
Our Museum @ Taman Jurong is a collaboration between the National Heritage Board (NHB), Taman Jurong Citizen’s Consultative Committee, Taman Jurong Community Arts and Culture Club and People’s Association (PA).