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SAM Lawn Commission | Harvest (2017) by Gerald Leow

17 January – 1 April 2018

Singapore Art Museum’s latest commission for the museum’s Front Lawn, Harvest (2017) by Singaporean artist Gerald Leow, is a lumbung (Malay for rice granary or barn) that draws upon the graphic imagery of a more modern era.

The monumental structure harks to the history of Bras Basah, the area in which the museum is located, and that of the museum building itself. It is situated in the curved embrace of the colonial architecture of the Museum building – the former St. Joseph’s Institute (SJI) building that had its cornerstone laid in 1855. Constructed out of wood, the lumbung’s material echoes back to its forebears, and stands in contrast to the school building’s imposing stone and brickwork. Indeed, the wood used here is specifically recycled crate pinewood – the same kind of material used for the crates that freight artworks in and out for the museum’s many exhibitions. Imprinted with stamps and chops that reveal past passages and journeys, the wood also materially gestures to Singapore’s past-and-present as a transportation hub and port city. 

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Imaginarium: Into the Space of Time

6 May – 26 August 2018

Singapore Art Museum invites all dauntless time-travelers to Imaginarium: Into the Space of Time, the eighth edition of the museum’s annual family-friendly exhibition.

Mysterious yet imbued in every living being, time has fascinated humankind for ages. From charting the movements of planets to cataloguing our days, new tools of measure are constantly being created to frame or direct our lives.

Join us as we discover what the fourth dimension means to different people and cultures. Explores the myths and theories that shape our memories and futures, and ponder relationships between time and space.

Through immersive and interactive artworks by artists from the region and around the world, the 2018 edition of Imaginarium invites you to engage your senses and expand your horizons in this journey through time.

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Asia Pacific Breweries Foundation Signature Art Prize 2018

25 May – 2 September 2018

Inaugurated in 2008 by the Asia Pacific Breweries (APB) Foundation and the Singapore Art Museum, the triennial APB Foundation Signature Art Prize returns for its fourth edition in 2018. Recognising outstanding examples of contemporary art from both emerging and established artists over the previous three years, the prize puts the spotlight on the most compelling, cogent and complex works of art from the Asia-Pacific rim to the region of Central Asia.

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 to two Jurors’ Choice Award winners. A People’s Choice Award of SGD 10,000 will also be offered to the work that receives the highest number of public votes on-site.

The 15 finalists of the 2018 installment will be announced by early 2018, and the APB Foundation Signature Art Prize finalist exhibition will take place from 25 May to 2 September 2018 at the National Museum of Singapore, venue partner for the Prize. The awards ceremony will take place on 29 June 2018.

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